War of THE ROSES

There is still a long way to go in the fight against breast can­cer but El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley, in full sup­port of Estée Lauder’s Pink Rib­bon ini­tia­tive, re­mains un­daunted. By SC Chua.

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At 48, El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley still siz­zles with her flaw­less skin, toned arms, and smoul­der­ing eyes. The for­mer model and ac­tress first caught the me­dia’s at­ten­tion in 1994, wear­ing That Dress (a black Ver­sace num­ber held to­gether with gold safety pins), ac­com­pa­ny­ing then­boyfriend Hugh Grant to the pre­miere of Four Wed­dings and a Fu­neral, and was quickly signed on as an Estée Lauder spokesmodel de­spite her lack of mod­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence and her age of 29, which most in the in­dus­try might con­sider a lit­tle old.

Hur­ley has starred in many of the beauty brand’s ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns since, lend­ing Estée Lauder her own brand of fem­i­nin­ity and el­e­gance. Her rise to fame was also the start of her act­ing ca­reer; Hur­ley charmed au­di­ences in sev­eral movies in­clud­ing Serv­ing Sara, EDtv, Bedaz­zled, and Austin Pow­ers: In­ter­na­tional Man of Mys­tery, fol­lowed by more re­cent TV ap­pear­ances such as Gos­sip Girl. Th­ese days, the star has taken a back seat in showbiz to fo­cus on her swimwear line, El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley Beach, of which Elle McPher­son, Katy Perry, Kate Moss, and Ni­cole Scherzinger are said to be huge fans.

MEM­O­RIES OF LOVE

While she’s no longer the face of Estée Lauder, Hur­ley con­tin­ues to work with the com­pany, es­pe­cially on its Breast Can­cer Aware­ness (BCA) Cam­paign, a per­sonal pas­sion of hers. “Just af­ter I started as an Estée Lauder model in 1995, Eve­lyn [Lauder] asked me to help her with the BCA Cam­paign, and we be­came good friends,” she says. “My grand­mother had re­cently died of breast can­cer, so it is a cause very close to my heart. This is a disease that knows no bound­aries and does not dis­crim­i­nate, touch­ing ev­ery­one in ev­ery coun­try around the world.”

Los­ing her grand­mother in 1992 was cat­a­clysmic for Hur­ley. Women like her grand­mother kept their health fears to them­selves, afraid to share such con­cerns with even close fam­ily and friends, which is why Hur­ley be­lieves it is es­sen­tial to ed­u­cate both women and men about the disease, par­tic­u­larly in terms of preven­tion and early de­tec­tion. Her on­go­ing ef­forts to raise funds for breast can­cer re­search in­clude work­ing with health in­sti­tu­tions such as the Breast Can­cer Re­search Foun­da­tion (BCRF) and Shaukat Khanum Me­mo­rial Can­cer Hos­pi­tal & Re­search Cen­tre in Pak­istan. One of her most mem­o­rable fundrais­ing din­ners with the lat­ter saw the auc­tion of de­signer watches, fine jew­ellery, and an ex­clu­sive train­ing ses­sion with cricket le­gends Imran Khan and Wasim Akram.

“As Eve­lyn used to say, ‘Knowl­edge is power.’ I be­lieve that knowl­edge in­cludes know­ing your own body as well as the facts about main­tain­ing good health and pre­vent­ing ill­ness. It is why I am ded­i­cated to spread­ing aware­ness around the world.”

ROLE MODEL

For her ef­forts, Hur­ley was awarded the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award by the BCRF in 2009. Fur­ther­more, a BCRF-funded grant at the Royal Mars­den hos­pi­tal in the UK is funded in her hon­our. “On a per­sonal level, it is ex­tremely re­ward­ing to work on the BCA cam­paign, and I know that my grand­mother would be very proud to see me carry out Eve­lyn’s mis­sion by serv­ing as a voice for breast health and early de­tec­tion,” shares Hur­ley. Here, the star elab­o­rates on her cause.

Eve­lyn Lauder

Eve­lyn Lauder and El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley in 2010

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