Contributing Editor Gloria Yang writes:
Recently, Crest invited me to chat with Whitney Port about Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips (which totally work, by the way). I must say: Whitney is so much more than I had expected. She’s so articulate, bright, insightful, and focused, with her head solidly on her shoulders. It’s very refreshing and I can see why she has been so successful in everything she’s done, from writing to being a publicist to owning her own clothing line!
It was my pleasure to sit down with Whitney in the midst of her busy schedule to find out what she’s been up to since the days on The Hills and The City. Read on to find out her secret to a gorgeous smile, tips for all budding fashionistas who are gunning for a fabulous fashion career, her family, and much more!
So what’s going on with you right now?
I’m working on my clothing line, Whitney Eve . That’s my full time job right now. I’m also helping Crest spread the word about their 2-Hour Express Whitestrips.
Do you feel like having a winning smile is super important for the holidays?
For sure! There are so many different parties and people we’re seeing that we haven’t seen in a while. I feel like having a great smile is a confidence booster and it gets you ready for all those events.
Are there any special events going on this holiday that you’re most excited about?
I’m just looking forward to a lot of family quality time. I haven’t gotten a lot of that recently. I’ve been traveling a bunch so I’m looking forward to a mellow holiday. I feel like the holiday parties are all happening right now and once the actual holidays come around things will settle down a bit.
Do you feel like as you’ve grown up and matured, you want to spend more time with your family?
I think I’ve always been a pretty family oriented girl. I definitely like to spend a lot of time with my family. I’m one of five kids. We’re all really, really close. It’s like having people your age who are your best friends but you’re also related. I live with my two younger sisters!
How’s that going?
It’s good! I went from living alone to living with them. It’s totally fine. I like it because since I travel a lot, when I come home I’m not coming home to an empty house so it feels good.
Do you have pets that accompany you while you travel?
No. I’m not responsible enough for a pet yet. I never grew up with a pet either, so I don’t even really know how to take care of one.
Now onto your career – you started in fashion as an intern. What advice do you have for young women who want a career similar to yours?
I would just say that it takes a lot of hard work and motivation. Try not to get discouraged by he competition because obviously there are a lot of girls out there that want to do the same thing and are all equally talented and motivated. Just continue to try different things. Like the way I got to where I am was that I worked in different realms of the fashion industry, first in a magazine, a PR company, then for a designer. Then that’s when I really figured out that designing is what I want to do. It’s important for girls to get experience in all different backgrounds and get internships for sure. I think internships are really good not only or your resume when you’re applying for jobs but just for the experience.
What tips do you to nail those interviews?
I think obviously being really personable and positive and basically having that I will never take no for an answer type of attitude. Also it’s about looking presentable for sure, not being late, bringing your resume, and all those obvious things that people sometimes forget about.
What do we expect to see in the Spring from your line?
I’m wearing a jacket from my Spring collection.
I love the trimming! It’s gorgeous!
It’s a print actually! There are a lot of pieces that are actually just in this print. I do custom print and a lot of print placements. It’s lady-like and meant to be worn from day to night. You can wear it during the day to work or whatever you’ve got going on and accessorize for a night out. It’s feminine and flirty and colorful!
How does it feel to be in charge of your own line while you’re still so young?
It’s pretty scary! It’s definitely a lot of fun. I’m so lucky that I actually get to do what I’m passionate about. I’ve been given this awesome opportunity at this young age to have this company. But I don’t know so many things, like I don’t have the business experience. Thankfully my business is a family run business. My dad has been in the apparel business for a long time so he has been able to lead the business with his experience, which has helped me a lot. I’m more on the creative side so I do all the designs and he does all the business.
Did you go to school for design?
I didn’t. There’s no fashion design major at USC though I would have loved to. I was a Sociology major – Gender Studies!
How was it like going to school while being on TV? Was it kind of weird?
I was on The Hills pretty much my last year of college so it wasn’t a big deal yet at that point. People were starting to recognize it and it was starting to get popular, but it wasn’t as big as it ever was when I was in school.
You’re still a pretty private person even though you were on two reality shows. What’s your secret?
Well, I don’t do it (reality shows) anymore. But I think it’s obviously just important to keep certain things to yourself and keep certain things sacred. I opened up a lot with The City because it was just part of the process. Now I choose to keep things a little bit more private. I’m not trying to do that – I’m just not one of those people that goes and flaunts everything.
Do you find that a little harder since you’re also on Twitter? After all, Twitter is a 24/7 thing.
I like to share fun things that other people want to know, not selfish facts about myself. I share things like tips, just things that I think will be interesting to other people. There’s obviously a whole part of my life that people have no idea about. Everyone deserves that (privacy), you know what I mean? You can manage it! Some people want everyone to know everything, but I’m just not that type of person, I guess.
Now onto beauty questions! What is your favorite beauty trend right now?
I am loving the fishtail braid. I tried one last night – I didn’t do it myself, but I slicked my hair back into a ponytail and had it done into a fish braid. I think it’s a fun way to put your hair back and it just looks really cool. It looks really difficult though. I like the messy and frizzy ones (braids) where you pull the pieces out.
What are three beauty products you never leave the home without?
Some sort of chapstick. I have this Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment that has SPF in it which is really good. They have a tinted one so it’s like you’re wearing a lipstick but it’s still moisturizing. I have a portable perfume – Trish McEvoy #3 . Portable perfume sounds like it’s technological but it’s just a little tube. Otherwise I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to day-to-day stuff. It just depends what I’m doing or where I’m going, so probably some bronzer and blush.
What’s your favorite bronzer and blush?
I don’t know if I have a favorite. I go through phases and try different things. Right now I’m using a Tarte bronzer and a Givenchy blush.
What beauty advice do you have for girls to look their best?
Sleep! I think that’s one of the most important things. Keep your skin hydrated to just feel fresh. Also drink a lot of water, which I don’t do enough of. That should be one of my New Years resolutions! Wash your face before you go to sleep. I think that’s super important. No matter what you should always take the day off your face before you go to bed and not let the gunk just sit there.
Were there any beauty or fashion mishaps that you had while on TV?
Yes, all the time! Makeup wise I felt like I was pretty good. I never wore a lot of makeup that I thought it was fine. They didn’t do our hair or makeup. We just had to come ready to go. Hair wise – I’m not very good with my hair. I noticed I wore my hair a lot where I just the front of my hair back and put weird cheap pins in it. It just always looked stringy. The Hills days – the hair was not great. In The City – I learned how to do hair a little bit.
I think it might have been the New York water that helped with the hair. It’s better!
Yes, that’s what they say and it tastes better. As I got older and the more times I got my hair done, I’ve had people teach me how to do it myself. So I’ve learned how to use a curling iron and make waves. That’s pretty much what I can do and I can put it in a bun. I can’t even put it in a braid.
Since both Whitney and I love the Crest 3D 2-Hour Express Whitestrips, we’re teaming up with Crest for a giveaway soon! Check back shortly for details on how to enter. Until then, isn’t Whitney Port just awesome and sweet?