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Ansel Elgort Is on the Cusp of Becoming Fashion's 'Next Big Thing' & His Billboard Cover Shoot Proves It

Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.
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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Ansel Elgort has come a long way since the premiere of his blockbuster hit film The Fault in Our Stars back in 2012. Since then, the multi-talent has developed a thriving music career, adding a feature to Logic's "You Count on Me," from his Billboard 200-topping album Everybody, and has grown his fashion repertoire with the release of his new shoe collection with Paul Andrew.

This month, the Baby Driver actor makes his Billboard cover debut in a plethora of bright hues and bold patterns. Check out some of the looks the singer sported for his cover shoot below.

Elgort was dressed head to toe in all Coach 1941 for his cover shoot. He wore a star-embellished green and yellow bomber with plaid trousers and brown leather boots. When asked about his character in the upcoming movie Baby Driver, Elgort told Billboard, "He's a soft-spoken badass. He's all bite, no bark."

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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

The 23-year-old Manhattan native, who grew up in New York's elite Central Park West neighborhood and attended LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & Performing Arts (aka the school Fame was modeled after) hung out around Coney Island in a bright red AMI Paris sweatshirt, Louis Vuitton jeans and bomber jacket and Nikon camera hung around his neck.

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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn. Elgort wears a Bruta shirt, AMI Paris jeans, Gucci socks, and Pierre Hardy shoes.

The singer, whose former DJ name was Ansølo, sported a pink Bruta embroidered Spaghetti Western shirt, cuffed-up AMI Paris dark-wash jeans, pink knit Gucci socks and a pair of Pierre Hardy shoes.

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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Luna Park in Brooklyn. Elgort wears a Loewe sweater, Calvin Klein jeans, and Saint Laurent jacket.

“There are a lot of things I want to do, and I never want people to be like, ‘Ugh, that guy singing? Desperate,’” Elgort says in his cover story. “Eventually, I hope I can have a career that’s uncategorizable. And that’s hard. I think that would be very difficult to do, but I’m hopefully going to pull it all off.” Here, Elgort shows off his easygoing style in a black-and-white-striped Loewe sweater, a pair of light-wash distressed Calvin Klein jeans and a black Saint Laurent bomber jacket. 

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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Mixing and matching patterns, Elgort dressed in an AMI black-and-blue triangle-print button-down, a Sankuanz blue-and-red plaid suit and Pierre Hardy loafers. “Some people are like, ‘You’re from New York, have you been to, like, insert-five-really-douchey-places?’" Elgort says of being a bit more grounded when it comes to New York's uppity restaurant scene. "I haven’t been to any of those places. I like my solid places.”

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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

“I don’t walk around calling attention to myself. It’s important to be able to blend in; otherwise you turn into a Hollywood douche bag," Elgort said when writer Rebecca Milzkoff said he's frequently mentioned on the Who? Weekly podcast. "I’m sure plenty of people think I am one, too. I’m super easy to hate. But it’s fine. It’s hard to be liked and successful." Here, the millennial heartthrob stands out in an all-red Dries Van Noten button-down and trench coat.

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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Elgort shows off his sporty side in a blue Gucci track suit and red Giuseppe Zanotti sneaks.

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Ansel Elgort photographed May 12 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Saving the best for last, he donned a custom-made Comme des Garcons Homme Plus ensemble -- which included a glittering pinstripe blazer, a black checkered print button-down shirt, black trousers and customized dinosaur sneakers. “I want to have a lot of energy,” he muses. “Moments of stillness at the piano, but I don’t want to forget that I’m young, and my instincts are probably good. I won’t forget about why I hate rock concerts and why I love EDM concerts. I’m going to keep it really fun.”