Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) is a young artist from the television series "Gossip Girl." Vanessa is more of an outcast among the other rich teens. Her nickname is "V" and throughout the show she works at trying to show how unique and independent she is. She has an on again, off again relationship with her best friend Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley). She also dated Nate Archibald (Chase Crawford) which did not end well.
Vanessa is home-schooled unlike most of the other teens and works at a café. During the masquerade ball, she sneaks Dan's little sister Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) in to the party. Dan tells her that he loved her but that he has moved on and is now in love with another woman. She leaves with tears in her eyes but makes up with Dan later the same night.
On the episode "Upper East Side," Vanessa catches a very confidential conversation between Blair and Chuck on tape. Chuck tries to bribe Vanessa with money to get the tape but she tricks him. When Blair asks for it, she gives it to her and Blair pays for her rent for a year as a thank you.
In Season 4, Vanessa decides to move in with Dan to help take care of his new baby Milo. It is soon discovered that Dan is not the real father. Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) leaves and takes the baby but Dan and Vanessa decide to continue living together.
"Face it, at the end of the day you're an outsider just like me. And if it's ever between one of us and Serena van der Woodsen, they will always choose Serena."
"Let me see, writing a paper on Hannah Arendt? Or a secret mission that might help me clear my name. Let me grab my bag."