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