Lighting Design Jon Ervin
Styling Gabrielle Marceca
Hair Takayoshi Tsukisawa
Makeup Aya Kamatsu
Model Hilary Rhoda
Poolside Fashion for an Endless Summer
Written by Rebecca Johnson
The swimming pool—modern oasis, repository of restorative, transformative power. Retreat, recharge, reflect, and play in looks both stylish and serene. Is it possible to spend an entire life amid its cerulean cool? But of course.
A matching set in seersucker black connotes instant Riviera elegance. Just add water—and a bold red lip.
Silhouette de Soie
Afternoons are meant to be spent in a slip of a dress, luxuriously languid and barely there, tied with a coy sash at the waist or neatly discarded come time for a dip.
An unapologetically pretty garden of earthly delights, capped off by a flirty kitten heel. The subtle dazzle of print finds its perfect mirror in the shimmering surface of the pool.
Rose et Rouge
Après-swim, echo the sunset’s rosy hues in dusky, muted dual tones and a draping silhouette that falls in subtle, pleasing waves.
3 Minutes With
Our spokesmodels are often more than just ambassadors for the brand—they become like family. (See: Carolyn Murphy, who’s been with Estée Lauder for almost 16 years.) We’ve known Hilary Rhoda since she was 20; now, at almost 30, she’s making her return to the brand as the gorgeous face of our newest addition to the Advanced Night Repair family, the Eye Concentrate Matrix. It’s a revolutionary spin on eye care that repairs, fortifies and hydrates with a double dose of
Estée Stories caught up with Rhoda to chat about her beauty routine and best travel tips, and how she’s grown up since she first became a spokesmodel for Estée Lauder.
You were originally with Estée Lauder for 7 years, starting from the time you were 20. Is there a sense of feeling like you’ve grown up with
Yes, definitely. I feel like a part of the family. I’ve been with the brand almost my entire career, so it’s a huge part of my life. It feels really good to be back and seeing everyone and working with everyone again.
I feel a lot more grown up, in a way, because I started when I was so young. I’m turning 30 next year, and I just feel like I’ve changed a lot and come a long way. It’s nice to come back in a different phase of my life.
Modeling has changed so much over the last few years. Can you talk about what that evolution has been like for you? What are some of the differences you notice from having been with Estée Lauder before and back again now?
I think [the change] is great. Social media has definitely made things more fun. People still take their jobs seriously, but it’s made fashion more fun again, in a way that that’s more inclusive and allows people to show their personalities. It gives us a much broader audience. I love being able to share what’s going on in my
life with everybody.
What is your definition of success?
Being happy in my career and with my husband and having kids. I think it’s different for every person, and it’s also something that’s always changing, depending on the stage of your life. I think success has to be a balance of doing well in work and at home, both in your relationships and how you personally feel.
What does it mean to you to work with Estée Lauder?
It just feels like home. I know so much about the Lauder family, and I love the brand, and Estée herself—she was such a pioneer. I love how she’s still such an inspiration for women in business, doing your own thing, starting your own company. That’s another thing that I think has changed a lot in the last few years since I started working with the brand—starting your own business is so much more prevalent now, but Estée was the original.
Has your beauty routine evolved since you were first with the brand?
Before, you know when you’re younger, I did start doing my regimen with Advanced Night Repair serum and DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Creme. Now I’ve added a couple more steps. I love oils, and I still use Advanced Night Repair serum. Maybe I wasn’t so diligent before, but now I need to do it, morning and night. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize—that’s the most important thing.
Working with Estée Lauder has taught me the importance of taking care of your skin. It has become a top priority for me. It’s the most important thing you can do, and it makes you look healthier, more radiant and makes makeup look better. That’s the most important thing I’ve learned and carried with me.
What do you love most about the new Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix?
I love how creamy it is. You can really feel the hydration and that is exactly what
you need in an eye product!
Is taking care of your eyes a big part of your beauty routine?
Yes, it is! I use the Eye Concentrate Matrix morning and night. I also think an eyelash curler is a foolproof way to look more awake. I don’t wear much makeup in my everyday routine, but I always curl my lashes before going out the door.
What is one of the best beauty tips you’ve picked up on set?
It’s all about the skin. I love fresh, dewy skin. After my makeup is on, I put a little bit of Advanced Night Repair serum on my cheekbones to give me that dewy look.
What are your top 3 favorite Estée Lauder products?
Definitely Advanced Night Repair, because I use it as a serum and with my makeup, too. Let’s see, what else? Also the Advanced Night Repair PowerFoil sheet masks, because I don’t know what I would do without those—they save me when I travel. And Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Lifting Mascara.
Your job requires a ton of travel. How do you take care of your skin between flights, jet lag, and long shoot days?
I try to sleep as much as I can on the plane. And I drink a lot of water and use those sheet masks while I’m on the plane, which, I’m sure I look crazy, but I often have to come right off of a red eye and into a job. Sometimes when I’m in the car on the way from the airport to the studio, I’ll have the mask on. And then people can’t believe I just came off the red eye! It really helps—it’s all about hydrating the skin, and then you can hide the tired for the time being. I’ll use the sheet mask and then apply DayWear 24H-Moisture Creme afterward.
And how do you stay centered when you’re always on the go?
For me it’s exercise—that’s what helps me clear my head. Even if I’m tired, sometimes that’s the best thing when you’re exhausted or jet lagged and you get off the plane. It’s just good to get the blood flowing and sweat a little bit.
Hilary stars 1.2.3 Paris S/S 2017 ad campaign shot in Los Angeles to remark the sun, the blue skies and the green palm trees to evoke the Parisian chic style in a new way.
Supermodel Hilary Rhoda takes the cover story of Dress To Kill Magazine‘s Spring 2017 Power edition captured by fashion photographer Greg Swales. In charge of styling was Fritz, with makeup from beauty artist Victor Henao, hair styling by Victor Henao, and manicure by Angel Williams. For the cover story American stunner is wearing looks from top brands such as Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and DKNY to name just a few.
Photography Greg Swales.
Assistant Photographer Amanda Yanez, Casey Franklin.
Fashion Editor Fritz.
Model Hilary Rhoda at IMG Models.
Hair Sasha Nesterchuk.
Makeup Victor Henao for ESTÉE LAUDER.
Manicure Angel Williams using CHANEL Le Vernis.
Videography Lavo Clemente.
Hair Sasha Nesterchuk.
It feels, more than ever, like an important time to celebrate women who inspire. Our Power issue couldn’t come at a better time. In the fashion world, the truest of Supermodels convey strength, confidence, and have an empowering energy surrounding them. Hilary Rhoda is certainly no exception. Whether starring in an international ad campaign, walking runways, or creating art through editorials, she never fails to evoke a powerful message. In fact, she is a force to be reckoned with; not an easy feat when your work relies solely on imagery.
By Megan West
Photographer Greg Swales
Fahion Editor Fritz
At 29 years old, Rhoda has been a fixture on Forbes lists and has remained at the top of her game for over ten years; certainly not typical in a particularly fickle industry. So how has she managed to carve out a lucrative and long-lasting career? Hilary opens up about how she’s grown as a business woman, and shares tips on how to take care of yourself, and how to keep striving for what you want.
Since this is the Power issue, can you tell us what you think makes a powerful woman? Having had so many successes, do you feel like a powerful force in the industry? This profession is always humbling because you can be on top of your game and working all the time and then it can get quiet. There’s always a new hot girl coming in. I think having a good attitude about it and always being up for new things [is important].
I’ve definitely worked with every powerful person in the industry, but I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished everything. There’s always something new and there’s always something that I haven’t done before that I want to do, which is good!
You exude a powerful energy through you work. With so much going on, how do you maintain a balance? I work a lot and I’m travelling a lot. One of the downsides to this job is I can’t really plan anything – like a vacation or a girls weekend – because I find out two days before sometimes that I have to go to Paris or to LA. So that’s kind of tough. To maintain balance I exercise, because that helps me feel good and deal with jet lag. That’s probably the biggest constant in my life.
What is it like being a woman managing her own career? I’ve learned that you have to ask for the things you want to do and make that known. [Earlier in my career] I didn’t do that and I was kind of waiting around for things to happen, but they’re not going to just happen. Agents don’t know you want to do this or that; they can’t read your mind!
What are your ultimate career goals? Is there a trajectory you’ve been following? When I first started I was the only American model – which I know sounds really weird today because there are so many and it’s totally normal. So I had that working against me and I had to fight [perceptions] because people weren’t totally accepting: They thought I wasn’t exotic enough.
I started doing Sports Illustrated when girls who did high fashion did not do Sports Illustrated. I was doing things like that before it was acceptable in the fashion industry. So there was no career mould that I was trying to follow; I was always changing it up and doing things I wanted to do, even if it wasn’t totally cool at the time. But it worked out, so I just follow whatever I feel. Right now I’m taking a lot of acting classes and that’s really the next path I want to go down.
Did being the face of a world-renowned beauty brand, Estee Lauder, change your career? I got the contract [as brand Ambassador] about a year after I started modelling, so it was pretty early on, but it made me feel a little more comfortable. It gave me that little bit of confidence that I would be around for a while. When I started out it was all about who’s new this season. I didn’t have to worry about that so much.
You have a great social media presence. From a business perspective, do you think it’s become a necessary part of your job? I think it’s so important. Pretty much every model has their own. There’s a few who don’t and can get away with not having it, but I don’t understand why they wouldn’t. I think it helps to have it!
It’s amazing and really fun for me to do. You can show your personality, and you can also put what want to do out there – and maybe you get a job out of it! So, whatever you want; I think it’s good to have a nice balance of work and personal stuff.
How important do you think it is for women – particularly in an industry where one can be taken advantage of quite easily— to mentor the next generation of models? I think it’s great. I didn’t necessarily have a mentor, but that’s not to say older models didn’t give me advice, or that I didn’t look up to them. Lauren Hutton is so amazing. One time, when I was younger, we were in Paris doing a show and we were having dinner with our [mutual] agent. She told me “stay true to yourself and give time to yourself”. When she was modelling she’d take it to an extreme; she’d go on vacation for like two months! She’d go on safaris and come back and photographers would say she has life back in her eyes!
Through social media, I get a lot of girls who message me and say I’ve inspired them to start working out again. For me it’s really important: To show that you can stay in shape the healthy way. That’s something I try to pass on to younger girls.
What have been the biggest pinch-me or rewarding moments of your career so far? Being the face of Estee Lauder was obviously amazing and that’s one of the highlights. Also, doing couture shows for John Galliano at Dior; it was really amazing, crazy, theatrical make-up and it felt like a performance. Those were always so much fun!
What is backstage at a fashion show like for you? [As a young model] I was doing 60 shows a season – I don’t know how I would do that now! Now I do one or two shows a season and it’s so stressful! It’s so different now because there’s so many people backstage – It’s crazy.
What is backstage at a fashion show like for you? I don’t really get nervous for shoots. Shows, definitely! I get nervous right before I go on: The adrenaline is running!
Let’s talk fitness. What do you love most about the Tracy Anderson Method? It’s the best workout for me. I’ve tried lots of other workouts and trainers and nothing really worked. I also dreaded [working out] – I did not look forward to it. I have a dance background and there’s something about having to learn choreography – dancing as cardio – that just clicked for me. [ Tracy Anderson] was really fun and exciting and my body really started changing! I could see the results, I stuck with it, and I’ve been going there for 8 years.
While clearly effective, Tracy Anderson workouts can be seriously intimidating. Do you have any words of encouragement for anyone wanting to try it out? It is very hard and it does not get easier! (laughs) It is still so hard! But try it! You can go at your own pace. You don’t have to do all the reps, just take it [slow], and work your way up. Everybody has to start somewhere.
What tips do you have for anyone looking to transition into a healthy lifestyle? Find a friend that’s in the same mind-set and has the same ideas in terms of getting healthy. It’s always easier to do it with somebody else. It also gives you a little bit more responsibility. It’s easier to stay in bed and not go when it’s just you. When I got back into working out, it was with my husband. We had just started dating and he was a professional athlete in great shape. In his hockey off-season he was working out every single day, and he would take me to spin class with him. It was a good motivator!
What are your tips for staying healthy in terms of diet and fitness while travelling? On the plane I try not to eat the food, because it has a lot of sodium. I’ll try and eat fruit to hold me over or bring my own food. I always bring a jump rope and leg weights in my suitcase so I can do any of my workouts in my hotel room. It also helps me feel so much better once I land to sweat and get my circulation going after sitting for so long.
What do you love most about life in Manhattan? I love New York so much. I love that it’s never dead, there’s always people, there’s always something to do, and restaurants are always going to be open. The convenience of it is so nice and I love being able to walk everywhere. I live downtown and I also ride my bike, so I can get around so easily.
City life can be incredibly exhausting. How do you decompress? It is kind of draining and you don’t realize until you go away and get out of it. Sometimes I can get a little high strung feeling like go go go, and feel like I’m always rushing or late for something. I don’t like to go out that much at night. I’m kind of a homebody. I like to come home and cook dinner and watch crappy TV like Real Housewives. (laughs)
What’s your ideal night with friends? I love going to dinners – that’s another thing I love about the city! There’s so many great restaurants and you could try a new one every single night. I keep little lists of places I want to try.
He showcased it last Tuesday12qwsaeq at a 15th anniversary party-slash-photo exhibition of his new Fall collection at his former Laight Street headquarters. It was a homecoming; he left the Tribeca studio for an atelier and office space in midtown near Brooks Brothers, where he’s the creative director of womenswear. That appointment says it all about how Posen has evolved in the decade and a half since he started: The balance between fantasy and practicality is more even now.
That’s not to say the clothes modeled in Vanina Sorrenti’s beautiful photos of Carolyn Murphy, Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, and co. were mundane. The tilt here was decidedly dressed-up, and the photos meant the workmanship was exposed in macro. A gown made of velvet ribbons sewn together lengthwise erred on the belabored side, but that was an outlier. More often Posen let his sculptural draping do the talking, or sculptural draping coupled with floral thread embroidery on technical mesh. His cotton Liberty print dresses continue to be popular, so he’s introduced new prints and silhouettes. Also in the offing: a new line of shoes with a 1940s vibe. Posen played it cool in a cable sweater, jeans, and a newsboy cap, sandwiched between Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. Times change, but the important thing is that fierce devotion.