"Gossip Girl" Blake-lively  really busts out on the December cover of Marie Claire in a Bottega Veneta bikini and a bright pink cardigan. 

We are absolutely sure there was little to no Photoshopping enhancement to create this perfectly shaded cleavage. Aren't you?

Blake on acting: "As a character, I get to be this wild, outgoing

person that I’m so not. I think it all comes from being the youngest of five. I

was always observing my siblings and hearing stories about their lives that

turned out to to be helpful as an actress."

On being Southern: "I grew up in L.A., but I was the only one in my family born there.

I have a tight-knit Southern family, so whenever I tell people I’m from L.A.,

they say, 'Yeah but you don’t count,' I guess because of the Southern values I

was raised with, and the way I eat — the more sugary and cheesy and fried, the

better.

And on her fashion sense: …

]]>… "Living in New York, I feel stronger and more like a woman than ever before. In high school, it was like, what power do I have — I have long blonde hair, you know? But working as hard as I do now, I feel a sense of power and respect, too. And I’ve learned an incredible amount about fashion on "Gossip Girl." Clothes are a personal expression, and my style is as ever-changing as I am: I’m growing, maturing, developing, I’m going through new things in my life, and with that, what I choose to wear changes."

What, no questions about Photoshopping? 

Darn.