The for­mer Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret model and Las Ve­gas TV star talks cat­walks, moth­er­hood and role models.

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The for­mer Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret model and Las Ve­gas star talks cat­walks, moth­er­hood and role models.

While she’s widely rec­og­nized for her long blond locks and stat­uesque pro­por­tions, Molly Sims is far more than an al­lAmer­i­can beauty. The Ken­tucky-born model first rose to fame dur­ing the 1990s, and quickly be­came known for her al­lAmer­i­can look. Since then, Sims has evolved into an ac­tress, en­tre­pre­neur and busy mother of three, hav­ing just wel­comed her in­fant son Grey Dou­glas with Hol­ly­wood film pro­ducer Scott Stu­ber in Jan­uary.

The for­mer star of the NBC drama se­ries Las Ve­gas, Sims fa­mously strut the cat­walk for Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret and has been a Sports Il­lus­trated cover girl. While her re­cent jour­ney into moth­er­hood may have seen her step away from the in­ter­na­tional run­ways and the glare of the spot­light, Sims has main­tained her rep­u­ta­tion as a trend­set­ter and hu­man­i­tar­ian. To­day, Sims runs her own fash­ion and life­style web­site (, and is also a celebrity am­bas­sador for Pop­u­la­tion Ser­vices In­ter­na­tional’s Five & Alive and Oper­a­tion Smile.

Real Style had a chance to catch up with the su­per­model turned role model who talked about her turn on the cat­walks, her Hol­ly­wood life and how she man­ages it all with grace, pas­sion and a hefty dose of style.

Real Style: You re­cently had your third child, Grey Dou­glas. How has moth­er­hood changed you?

Molly Sims: Moth­er­hood has changed me in so many ways. It’s taught me to be self­less and to al­ways count my bless­ings. I am the hap­pi­est I’ve been in my en­tire life! Yes, there are hard parts of moth­er­hood, like the fact that I haven’t got­ten a good night’s sleep for years, but it’s all worth it.

RS: How do you bal­ance it all, be­ing a mom and hav­ing a pro­fes­sional life in the spot­light?

MS: I’ve al­ways be­lieved in the whole “work hard, play hard” mantra. When I’m work­ing, I’m all work. When I’m with my fam­ily, it’s all about them. Be­fore I be­came a mom, I was al­ways trav­el­ling for work. Now, I’m able to pick and choose the jobs I want to take or the events I want to go to. I don’t feel as guilty.

I think at the end of the day it’s about your in­di­vid­ual pri­or­i­ties. In my opinion, there’s noth­ing wrong with hav­ing a suc­cess­ful and busy ca­reer as a mom. Luck­ily, I’m able to be home work­ing on my blog and YouTube chan­nel, which I in­clude my kids in. They love shoot­ing the videos with me and it has be­come some­thing we en­joy do­ing to­gether. I’ll ad­mit—it’s easy to miss the whole jet-set life­style some­times, but at home with my fam­ily is where I ul­ti­mately want to be.

RS: You’re known for your char­i­ta­ble work as well. What in­spires you to sup­port your var­i­ous causes?

MS: Phi­lan­thropy has al­ways been a big pri­or­ity for me but even more so when I be­came a mom. I think it’s so im­por­tant to show your kids from a young age what it means to give back.

Ba­by2Baby, the char­ity I work the clos­est with, has be­come a part of our fam­ily. Ev­ery Christ­mas, Scott and I take the kids to give gifts to chil­dren in need. Brooks is old enough now to know what it means and I can tell he re­ally en­joys it. Then ev­ery sum­mer, Rachel

Zoe and I host a HUGE de­signer sam­ple sale called Su­per Satur­day in Los An­ge­les to raise pro­ceeds for the Ovar­ian Can­cer Re­search Fund (OCRF). It’s some­thing I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about and look for­ward to ev­ery year. It’s al­ways a great turnout!

RS: Where do you find some of your cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion for your fash­ion, life­style and beauty blog?

MS: I’m con­stantly do­ing re­search and learn­ing new things. I also try to find in­spi­ra­tion in my daily life. I’ve al­ways been ob­sessed with beauty and fash­ion, since I come from that world, but through my blog I’m dis­cov­er­ing new in­ter­ests, too. For ex­am­ple, I never thought I’d en­joy cook­ing but I do! It’s so fun to try out new healthy recipes that I get to share with ev­ery­one.

RS: Tell us more about your mod­el­ling days. You walked the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret run­way in 2001, starred as a Cover­Girl spokesmodel and cov­ered Sports Il­lus­trated! How was your over­all ex­pe­ri­ence as a model?

MS: The mod­el­ling busi­ness can be bru­tal and I can hon­estly say I couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port of my fam­ily, friends and agents. (I love you Leigh Crys­tal!) In the be­gin­ning, I al­most gave up. But I be­lieved in my­self and kept mov­ing. I stud­ied and strate­gized. I didn’t let my­self fall into the trap of com­par­i­son, as hard as that some­times was. I won’t lie—it was dif­fi­cult at times. But look­ing back I don’t re­gret a thing. It all brought me to where I am to­day and I’m grate­ful for that.

RS: What are your best/worst/fun­ni­est mem­o­ries from mod­el­ling?

MS: My worst mem­ory was from the very be­gin­ning. When I got signed with Next, they sent me to Ger­many for six months to build my port­fo­lio. When I ar­rived, the agency looked me up and down and said, “Ab­so­lutely not. You are too fat.” I’m not jok­ing. He said that word for word. They al­most sent me home and I would have had to pay back the money it took to fly me there. I was dev­as­tated but re­al­ized there was no way I was giv­ing up. So I begged them to give me a chance and made the de­ci­sion I was go­ing to work my butt off to suc­ceed. RS: What are some of the best lessons you learned while work­ing in the fash­ion in­dus­try?

MS: Oh, where do I start? That’s where I learned ev­ery­thing I know. As a model, you quickly learn that when it comes to clothes, it’s all about fit. Al­ways buy a size up, es­pe­cially if it’s cheap. When there is a lit­tle more play in the fab­ric, the piece will al­most al­ways present bet­ter. Also, never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a tai­lor. Tai­lor­ing can be as ba­sic as adding snaps to a but­ton down so it doesn’t gap. It’s those slight ad­just­ments that can look more flat­ter­ing. RS: What in­flu­enced you to later switch your fo­cus to act­ing?

MS: Mod­el­ling isn’t like it used to be. Now, models are ev­ery­where. But, back then, TV was one of the best ways to get more recog­ni­tion. I started out host­ing on MTV’s House of Style, which led to Mis­sion Makeover. From there, I started host­ing events and other na­tional spots. It was a bit scary at first since I had to learn so much, but it be­came some­thing I fell in love with. From there, I de­cided to pack up my bags and move to L.A. to start act­ing classes. With lots of hard work be­hind the scenes, I man­aged to land an au­di­tion with Las Ve­gas and never looked back.

RS: Do you have any favourite celebrity role models?

MS: I would def­i­nitely have to say Jen­nifer Gar­ner. I’d even go as far as to say she’s my ul­ti­mate “mom crush.” She’s great at bal­anc- ing moth­er­hood and her ca­reer and is very hands on. I also re­spect how much she gives back. She’s a great per­son and mom!

RS: Which de­sign­ers are per­sonal favourites of yours?

MS: I’ll al­ways love the clas­sics. Is­abel Marant and Lan­vin, to name a few. But I also love de­sign­ers such as A.L.C. and Ulla John­son, which are a lit­tle more af­ford­able. Oh, and never un­der­es­ti­mate Zara! It’s amaz­ing.

RS: What are your favourite style essen­tials for Spring 2017?

MS: Well, my real spring es­sen­tial is to lose this baby weight. But in all se­ri­ous­ness, I’m re­ally into the whole ath­leisure trend this sea­son. As some­one who lived and died for a good pair of heels, I can­not be­lieve I’m say­ing that. It’s so cute! I’m lov­ing that sporty look: bomber jack­ets, cute sneak­ers, all of it.

RS: How do you like to un­wind and re­lax in your free time?

MS: Hon­estly, I try to sleep if I get the chance. I al­ways joke that my best nap is the five-hour flight from LAX to JFK. I can sleep any­where. I also love to read and spend all day in my pa­ja­mas with my fam­ily on the week­end. Oh, and a spa day is al­ways nice too!

RS: While you’re based in Los An­ge­les, you are also in New York City of­ten. What do you en­joy the most about be­ing in NYC?

MS: There’s just no place like NYC. I try to get back as of­ten as pos­si­ble. Many of my girl­friends still live there. I just love the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. But I also love my life here in Los An­ge­les. I feel lucky to have spent all those years as a sin­gle girl in NYC. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

RS: Do you have any dream travel des­ti­na­tions?

MS: I’ve al­ways wanted to go to Croa­tia. Scott and I may take a lit­tle post-baby­moon and visit Dubrovnik this sum­mer since we’ve both never been. I also want to go back to In­dia at some point. I went 15 years ago and it was the best trip of my life!

“Moth­er­hood has changed me in so many ways. It’s taught me to be self­less and to al­ways count my bless­ings.”

Molly Sims and Josh Duhamel in Las Ve­gas

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