Interview with Hilary Rhoda: about partnership, dogs and the 18-year-old self
Cover star Hilary Rhoda gives insights into her supermodel life in an exclusive interview
Diva airs and graces? No, thank you! For the production of our cover story we are in New York - in a spacious but modestly furnished caravan parked at 14th Avenue and 33rd Street. The production takes place on the streets of Midtown: the perfect backdrop for the new suits. There is not much space left in the four (caravan) walls for the team. But for Hilary: "Not a problem at all." She completes the fittings professionally and politely. She seems modest, almost shy.
The body of the 1.80 meter tall model is perfectly trained. She does sports every day without exception, she tells us quite casually - and not yoga or trendy dance workouts, but tough Strongman training. No wonder that the now 32-year-old has embodied the ideal image of the athletic American on the runway and in luxury campaigns since the beginning of her modeling career in 2005 - designer Nicolas Ghesquière owes her very first modeling job to her. She achieved international fame through her exclusive contract with Estée Lauder in 2007, a partnership that still exists today. Hilary Rhoda is undisputedly a supermodel of the new generation. In the MADAME questionnaire, the East Coast American, who is married to hockey star Sean Avery, talks about surprises in a partnership, her love for dogs and why you should listen to your 18-year-old self more often.
When was the first time you rode a bike?
I was very young, a real Tomboy - all the time I was on my bike and wanted to explore everything.
When was the last time you learned something new?
Just yesterday: that strawberries have ovaries.
Which film can you watch over and over again?
On Sundays I love lolling in bed and watching one romantic comedy after the other - but I prefer the classic "My best friend's wedding" from 1997.
Which artist impresses you?
Genieve Figgis. Her art is reminiscent of rococo painting, but decorated with imaginative, bizarre figures that could almost have come from a Tim Burton film.
Which of your qualities is being praised?
Always professional, always polite - and never complaining. Why should you? The job must be done. Privately I could work more on my patience.
Who are you asking for advice?
Sean, my husband.
If you suspect you don't know your partner through and through: Does that worry them or does it make him even more interesting?
I'd say I know my husband pretty well. Loyalty, trust and consistency are important attributes in a relationship. Nevertheless, it happens that he surprises me with his behavior and knowledge - in a positive way. Then he shines again in a new light.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Looking back, I'm pretty amazed by my 18-year-old self. I moved from Maryland to New York all by myself to start my modeling career, and I think I got along pretty well. When we are young, we allow ourselves much more things and also to risk changes. With age comes caution, perhaps even the fear of loss. You should listen to your 18-year-old self more often ...
Cooking or eating out?
Definitely going out for dinner! My current favorite restaurants are "Il Cantinori", the "Momofuku Noodle Bar" - and the "Café Habana", a traditional diner with Mexican cuisine.
Which invention would you be particularly happy about?
Airplanes that fly faster. I always get jittery so fast in the plane - so much about impatience ... (laughs)
What do you do first when you get home?
Winnie and Chloe, my Chihuahuas, are always excited when I get home. It usually ends with me rolling on the floor and cuddling with them.
What does happiness mean to you?
Satisfaction - in professional as well as in private life.