1. How do you define your personal style
I live in multiple locations, which means my life and style can change quite a bit from week to week and frankly, I enjoy not having just one style. Clothes are an expression of ourselves and how I am feeling at that moment combined with the type of event dictate the direction I go. I am not one to always follow the latest trends, so I enjoy the creative challenge of transforming my style from conservative to contemporary, and then adding a hint of edginess, which I love. Nevertheless, I always try to maintain a classic elegant look.
2. How did you learn about style growing up and who inspired you most as a fashion icon
I grew up on a ranch in Texas, so the first 17 years of my life were cowboy boots and Wrangler jeans. After I moved to Dallas and began working and modeling, my fashion icons changed drastically and I began to develop a new style for myself that incorporated everything from causal to sophisticated. I think for all of us, our style tends to change every decade or so. As our life changes, so should our style.
Over the last few years I have discovered a few great designers and I stick with them. I love getting creative and taking an expensive designer piece and pairing it with causal, classic or a sexy edgy look. In any of these pairings, my goal is to always look good but slightly understated, yet with a hint of my own uniqueness. I find this works well for me in our sometimes-over-the-top lifestyle.
When it comes to fun luncheons with my girlfriends, elegant dinners and parties, my two go-to designers are Brunello Cucinelli and Ralph Lauren. I love the elegant casual, chic look of both.
And, for finding that perfect little dress or outfit to wear that is unique and one-of-a- kind, I head to Mark Zunino. I know that I will never be disappointed and will always have a fun time finding or creating that special outfit that fits me perfectly.
3. How did you learn about Mark Zunino and what did you enjoy most about your experience with Mark
I needed a special dress for my wedding weekend and a dear friend in Del Mar insisted I go to Beverly Hills and meet with Mark. From the moment I walked into his showroom Mark and his team made me feel like one of the many celebs that adorn his walls. He immediately recognized what would flatter my figure and took note of my personality. Throughout the process, he listened to my vision and helped guide me in the right direction. At times, he would sit at his desk and quickly sketch out a drawing of me like an artist. It was so enjoyable to watch. He would then modify and improve it based on my input and together we created the most beautiful one of a kind dress for me. What could have been a very overwhelming process, was made stress-free, fun and a really memorable experience.
4. How did you get involved with WildAid
To understand my motivation, stop for a moment and ask yourself: can you imagine a world in which your children grow up without ever seeing an elephant, rhino, tiger and many other species? Yet, this is what we are facing today and the problem is serious.
Three years ago, I began searching for a charity that was really making a difference in the preservation of animals. Because of my upbringing, I have a strong empathy and a deep desire to protect animals. I saw WildAid's name appearing often during my research and decided to visit them at their headquarters in San Francisco.
The focus of my visit was to understand their mission statement and how they could truly make an impact. I spent quite a bit of time with Corie and Peter Knights, the founders of WildAid. Through our discussions, I soon learned the depth of their passion for endangered wildlife and their day-to-day fight to save them. It was apparent that this was their life’s passion and they are relentless in their pursuit of the protection and preservation of animals that are facing extinction.
I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of WildAid and to work with them to protect, breed and encourage the survival of these species in their natural habitat.
We attended the WildAid Gala in Beverly Hills last year. It was so amazing that I ended up buying two trips in the live auction. Swimming with Whale Sharks quickly became one of our best trips ever…extraordinary experience! The second is a yacht trip through the Galapagos and we’ll be heading there in April of 2018.
I am the Honorary Chair for this years star-studded WildAid Gala at the Beverly Wilshire on November 11. It’s going to be an exciting night and we are so thrilled at the number of celebrities who have already committed to joining us to support our cause. This year we are honoring Josh Duhamel as one of our WildAid champions, and he has just finished filming two PSA’s for WildAid that are very powerful.
5. What are the long-term goals of the organization and how do they hope to achieve them
WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. I am not sure how many people realize that when they purchase beautiful jewelry or artifacts that are made with ivory or tortoise shell, that they are in fact, encouraging the illegal killing of the wild animal from which it is made.
WildAid envisions a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by educating consumers and strengthening enforcement.
With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $289 million in annual pro-bono media support. Our message reaches up to 1 billion people every week.
WildAid's strategy for achieving this goal is to reduce demand for these products using our slogan: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too Learn more at our website: