Sarah Boyd's 'Stylish Sips' With Hilary Rhoda for ForbesLife
In the digital space, influencers are taking the world by storm. Celebrity stylists, fashion bloggers, Youtube content creators, makeup artists, hair stylists and even Instagram celebrities are creating many of today’s fashion and beauty trends. By posting one photo, they can organically promote a product to hundreds, if not millions, of followers. I’m excited to be sharing my ‘Stylish Sips’ with you where I’ll be meeting with top trendsetters in the fashion and beauty industry. Follow along to get weekly ‘Stylish Sips’ interviews from me! This week I'm bringing my Stylish Sips to you directly from New York Fashion Week! I caught up with the gorgeous Hilary Rhoda at the Old Navy + Joe Zee Fashion Week Party.
NAME: Hilary Rhoda
BIO: American Model best known for her work with Estee Lauder and appearances in multiple Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.
OCCUPATION: American Model
Who was your inspiration to pursue your dreams?
It's funny, I wasn't really too into modeling, fashion and that whole world until I was a little bit older. I started when I was 15, but before that I was really athletic. I played field hockey, lacrosse and I was a swimmer--so it was totally a new thing. It wasn't until I started getting into it, I was looking through magazines and I would see Eva Herzigova and Cindy Crawford and those were women I would look up to.
What are you wearing right now?
What has been one of your biggest career challenges? How did you overcome it?
A few years after I started modeling I wasn't playing sports anymore, my body started changing and I didn't really have a workout or something that would make me want to go back--I tried a few things but really wasn't into it. So making that transition and finding what works for my body later on has really helped me and I've been doing SoulCycle for the last 5 years and it takes a lot of pressure off having to worry about an audition coming up, diet or juice and all this crazy stuff that you're really not meant to do. It's being able to maintain a healthy image and body shape and that mentality has really helped me in the last few years for sure. So I think that's important--to maintain it and not have to crash and do diet supplements.
What is one of your greatest defining moments within the industry?
Everything, there were a lot of defining moments. My first job ever was so cool and then doing my first show in Paris really started everything rolling, my Estee Lauder campaign, being on the cover of Vogue--there are a lot of great moments.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Sometimes I'm too nice and if you are the boss of yourself, you kind of have to put your foot down sometimes and I have a lot of trouble doing that. So my family tells me to not be afraid to put my foot down sometimes because that's hard for me to do.
Beauty product you can’t leave the house without?
What’s your signature scent?
I don't really have a signature scent
Heels or Flats?
I love flats. I like to wear heels when I dress up, but every day I'm in flats.
What are you drinking?
Beyonce or Rihanna?
NYC or LA?
Lip Gloss or Lip Stick?
Eyeshadow or Eyeliner?
Clutch or Tote?
Laptop or Tablet?
Text or Call?
Coffee or Tea?