Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart And Camila Mendes Get Retro-Chic In These Exclusive Photos

Riverdale stars Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper) and Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge) go glam in the 1950s-themed fashion photo shoot.

Betty and Veronica of Riverdale look insanely gorgeous in this 1950s-inspired photo shoot.

Betty and Veronica of Riverdale look insanely gorgeous in this 1950s-inspired photo shoot.

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes bring twice the spice to Riverdale on The CW—and these exclusive photos captured by Derek Kettela.

Scroll to see more gorgeous portraits from this mod glam 1950s-themed Watch! fashion shoot, and to get to know the women behind Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge.

Photography by Derek Kettela. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. On Lili: Sweater by H&M. Shorts by Rachel Roy. Pumps by Ted Baker. On Camila: Top by Zara. Trousers by H&M. Pumps by Sarah Flint.

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Bygone basics

Bygone basics

Although darker and more topical than the comic books it's based on, the Riverdale gang still gathers 'round milkshakes and fries, and the women, notes Lili Reinhart, "have very feminine shapes."

Photography by Derek Kettela. 

Styled by Ashley Zohar. On Lili: Bustier, skirt, and turban by Cult Gaia. Earrings by BaubleBar. On Camila: Top and trousers by H&M. Rings by Luv Aj.

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Like a glove

Like a glove

Camila Mendes had been auditioning since college but no one bit: "[Veronica] was the first role that was an actual fit for me, because my look isn't fully Latina, but it's not white either..."

Photography by Derek Kettela. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. Dress by Aisha McShaw.

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Magic moment

Magic moment

"You smile so hard your face hurts and you feel like you're stuck in time for a minute," says Lili Reinhart, recalling her elation upon learning she'd finally won the Betty role.

Photography by Derek Kettela. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. Top by Zara. Skirt by Janey Lopaty Vintage. Earrings by Sea La Vie.

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Comic book relief

Comic book relief

"We're both just a lot more laid back than all of the characters. I feel like that's what makes me most like Jughead." — Lili Reinhart

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Styled by Ashley Zohar.On Camila: Bandeau by Rachel Roy. Shorts by Tara Jarmon. On Lili: Top by H&M. Trousers by Cult Gaia. Earrings by Bauble Bar.

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Getting complicated

Getting complicated

"Our characters are three-dimensional and have layers... Betty's not just the good girl and Veronica's not just the sassy one." — Lili Reinhart

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. On Camila: Sweater by Tracy Reese. Sunglasses by Krewe. On Lili: Dress by Cult Gaia. Gloves by H&M. Sunglasses by Krewe. Rings by Luv Aj.

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Out of character

Out of character

In real life, says Cami Mendes, she's "much sweeter" than her character. "I'm not as quippy and strong and fierce as Veronica."

Photography by Derek Kettela. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. Sweater by Tracy Reese. Sunglasses by Krewe.

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A better Betty

A better Betty

"Betty was such a pushover in the comics. She would just take Archie back every time he looked at her. Our Betty is so not like that." — Lili Reinhart

Photography by Derek Kettela. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. Dress by Cult Gaia. Gloves by H&M. Sunglasses by Krewe. Rings by Luv Aj.

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Star turns

Star turns

In addition to a wealth of fresh talent, Riverdale features veteran actors Skeet Ulrich (Jughead's dad), Mädchen Amick (Alice Cooper), and Robin Givens (Riverdale's mayor).

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. On Lili: Bustier, skirt, and turban by Cult Gaia. Pumps by Ted Baker. Earrings by BaubleBar. On Camila: Top and trousers by H&M. Rings by Luv Aj.

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Beating the odds

Beating the odds

"There are so many cooks in the kitchen," says Cami Mendes of her Riverdale auditioning days. "So many people who need to nod their heads and say 'yes' to you."

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. Top by Zara.

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Bad romance?

Bad romance?

"I think Archie and Betty care for each other so much because they've been best friends forever," says Lili Reinhart in reference to Riverdale's central love triangle.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Styled by Ashley Zohar. Bustier, skirt, and turban by Cult Gaia. Earrings by BaubleBar.

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Teenage tangle

Teenage tangle

"It's so hard when you're 16 to decipher between having love for someone and being in love with them, feelings versus infatuation and lust versus love."— Lili Reinhart

Photography by Derek Kettela.

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Fickle friend

Fickle friend

"One of the classic characteristics of Archie is that he's indecisive and always wants what he can't have." — Camila Mendes

Photography by Derek Kettela.

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Confidence boost

Confidence boost

"I've definitely come out of my shell so much more," shares Lili Reinhart about feeling like an outsider at first on the show.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

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Girl power

Girl power

The strength of the show's female characters comes from their honesty and vulnerability, Mendes opines. "It's always the men who are complicating things, because they aren't emotionally aware of themselves."

Photography by Derek Kettela. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.

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Styled by Ashley Zohar. On Camila: Bandeau by Rachel Roy. Shorts by Tara Jarmon. On Lili: Top by H&M. Earrings by BaubleBar.

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