Hold­ing Court with Lala Kent

with Lala Kent

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Our Celebrity cover in­cludes May fash­ion as we sit down with BRAVO's Van­der­pump Rules star, Lala Kent. We talk about her mu­sic, the show and fam­ily time.

Read­ers of this magazine know that we love Re­al­ity shows and BRAVO is a per­sonal fa­vorite of our Co-Founder and Style Di­rec­tor. Any show that in­volves the Real Housewives fran­chise and their spin-offs is al­ways a win­ner in our stu­dio. Lala Kent is a fan fa­vorite on Van­der­pump Rules which show­cases the lives of hostesses, servers, bar­tenders and DJs that work at SUR with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Van­der­pump. In ad­di­tion to watch­ing this self as­sured host­ess, Lala has a pas­sion for mu­sic and this past sea­son we see her per­form, and she has also launched a beauty line which we in­cluded in a num­ber of looks within her editorial.

From the time Lala came to our set for this shoot, we re­al­ized that she is just as stun­ning, witty and as per­son­able as she is on the show. This girl’s girl talks about how she be­came a part of this show, where we can find her in LA and more about her beauty line, Give Them Lala. Of course we had a great time in­cor­po­rat­ing some must have sum­mer looks that are chic with a twist!

ATH­LEISURE MAG: We've been fans of yours since you first ap­peared on Van­der­pump Rules. What were you do­ing prior to this show and how did you end up con­nect­ing with the show and what was the au­di­tion process like?

LALA KENT: Be­fore the show, I was go­ing on cast­ing, au­di­tions, and fit mod­el­ing was pay­ing my bills. Van­der­pump Rules came to me when I was eat­ing at Sur. Lisa saw how I in­ter­acted with some of the peo­ple that worked there and of­fered me a job as a host­ess. With that came a po­si­tion on the show!

AM: Through­out the sea­sons that you have been on, we have seen you join the cast, feel out the cast, make bonds, ad­just and in this past sea­son it seems like you re­ally came into your own - how has be­ing on the show al­lowed you to grow and what are you proud of af­ter all these sea­sons? LK: Be­ing on the show has been amaz­ing. I think be­ing able to look back and re­flect on my ac­tions has helped tremen­dously. I’ve been able to see when I stand up for my­self and when I’m act­ing like a fool! Ev­ery­one that is part of the show has brought a lot to my life and con­tin­ues to help me evolve.

AM: Can we as­sume that you will be back for an­other sea­son?

LK: Yes! I will be Giv­ing Them Lala for an­other sea­son.

AM: You and Lisa have such a great re­la­tion­ship and seems like the ul­ti­mate men­tor and life coach rolled into one - what is it about Lisa that makes you com­fort­able to hear her feed­back and to take her ad­vice?

LK: Lisa has such a kind heart and of­fers such moth­erly love and ad­vice. That, on top of see­ing that she is a suc­cess­ful woman, you can’t help but go “I need to lis­ten to her be­cause she’s got it fig­ured out”.

AM: We know that Stassi is a fan of the goat cheese balls at SUR. What are you fave dishes and/or cock­tails that you en­joy there?

LK: Oooh I love the goat cheese balls too! They are in­sane. I also love Joe’s pasta and the Penne Si­cili­enne...and the dumpling. The sauce is epic.

AM: This sea­son we ac­tu­ally see you per­form! How long have you been in­ter­ested in mu­sic, what were the el­e­ments that came to­gether to make you em­brace per­form­ing and what can we ex­pect next within this por­tion of your ca­reer?

LK: I grew up in the arts. From choir to plays to mu­si­cals, I was just ob­sessed with it all. Once you leave high school and it’s no longer some­thing you have the lux­ury of just do­ing ev­ery­day, you slowly lose the con­fi­dence you worked

so hard for. James re­ally re­minded me of my roots and what I love to do. From here, I just hope to keep mak­ing mu­sic. It is ex­tremely ther­a­peu­tic for me.

AM: Tell us about BOY - what in­spired you to make this song, how is it do­ing and what's the next sin­gle? When does your al­bum drop?

LK: My song BOY just hit num­ber 1 on iTunes in the Elec­tronic genre. That is amaz­ing to me. I was in­spired by how it was so EDM but also trap. It gave me cre­ative free­dom to think of my­self in a dif­fer­ent set­ting, which was very “club”. That’s out of the box for me. I have an­other sin­gle out called “4 U” on iTunes and Spo­tify. It is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent feel than “BOY”. We also just fin­ished record­ing a song called “What’s it For”. That will be out within the month. As far as an al­bum goes... my sched­ule is crazy. I think an EP is go­ing to be my next ven­ture. I can’t wait.

AM: We're liv­ing in a time of women tak­ing things to the next level and cre­at­ing a strong com­mu­nity of sup­port - this sea­son you were em­brac­ing this be­lief and re­ally ral­ly­ing the cast as a whole and es­pe­cially the woman on the show to do the same. How im­por­tant is women's em­pow­er­ment?

LK: I’ve al­ways been a girl’s girl. I know that women get the job done and that there is noth­ing more pow­er­ful than a gang of fe­males. We all have our dif­fer­ences- for me it’s about em­brac­ing one an­other and re­al­iz­ing we are stronger to­gether than we are apart. This is an out­look that’s evolved as I get older. The things that used to make me in­se­cure or sec­ond guess my­self, are sud­denly things I’m thank­ful for.

AM: We knew you were stun­ning, you came to set this way and then of course, we cre­ated amaz­ing looks for you - so it was not a sur­prise to us that you have a cos­metic line com­ing out. Tell us me about the line from the thought be­hind it, what is cur­rently avail­able, what will be avail­able down the line and where we can get it!

LK: #Give Them Lala Beauty has grown so much in such a short pe­riod of time. I started with only 6 lip col­ors and now have over 50 prod­ucts. For lips we now have mattes, glosses, and liq­uid lip­sticks. We also ex­panded into high­lighters, eye shadow, eye­liner, and are still grow­ing! My brand is my baby and she is grow­ing up so beau­ti­fully. I’m ex­tremely proud.

AM: We were sad to hear about your fa­ther pass­ing last month and we re­mem­ber that your mom was with us on set - how im­por­tant is it for you to en­sure that in ad­di­tion to all of the amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that you have en­joyed that you also spend time with fam­ily for the balance that we all need?

LK: Fam­ily will al­ways come first. That’s how it has al­ways been and it will al­ways be. If an op­por­tu­nity comes my way that is meant to be, it will never take away from my fam­ily time.

AM: What are 3 skin­care prod­ucts that you swear by?

LK: My Clar­isonic, Lancer Skin Pol­ish, Kate Somerville Goat Milk Mois­tur­izer, and let’s add one more... I die for Desert Essence Orig­i­nal Face Wash. Pair that with your Clar­isonic and all your skin dreams will come true

AM: Since you're in LA, where is your fa­vorite place to eat and grab drinks, where do you work­out and what's your stu­dio of choice to work out?

LK: Oooh, this is tough. Ob­vi­ously I love me some Sur. I love Mr. Chow, but I’m al­ways a sucker for the Polo Lounge. I go crazy for caviar. I have a gym where I live. It’s got great equip­ment and ev­ery­one is fa­mil­iar with ev­ery­one- we all know each other’s rou­tine so no one is ever fight­ing or wait­ing over a


AM: You have a great body, what are 3 work­outs that you do that keep you look­ing sum­mer ready?

LK: I owe the bod to my trainer, Jenna Wil­lis. She is amaz­ing. I love my food and I love my drink. Some­how she puts to­gether rou­tines that kick my butt into great shape even with my undis­ci­plined diet. I love my sumo squats, side planks help my tummy get firm, and the row­ing ma­chine is a great warm-up!

AM: How do you give of your time or give back from a phil­an­thropic stand­point? LK: My fam­ily and I are very into an­i­mals. My mom works for the humane so­ci­ety. I con­trib­ute my time and money to the Humane So­ci­ety of Utah. I’m also an ad­vo­cate for our whales- I’ve teamed up with PETA for Empty The Tanks. That is the cause I am most pas­sion­ate about.

AM: Feel free to tell us any­thing that you haven't been able to or would like us to know!

LK: I have a re­ally hard time walk­ing in heels un­less I’m slightly drunk.

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