by Kaitlin Clark | May 13, 2013 | People
Philanthropist Elaine Wynn headed a vast empire of casinos and entertainment for more than two decades. An ardent supporter of the arts, the former UCLA student and new, part-time California resident is now turning her focus to education equality, and was appointed by the governor of Nevada to the state’s school Board of Education.
On the importance of philanthropy: The history of philanthropy goes back to the beginning of mankind and it’s something that hopefully we’re all naturally inclined to do, no matter your background or situation. You can always give something of yourself.
Secret to my success: I believe all of us are born with unique abilities and gifts, and I do mean everyone. I highly value education, and I’ve always felt that knowledge is power, so everything I’ve done I’ve tried to be informed about.
On my legacy: I’d like to be known as someone who valued hard work and wasn’t afraid of hard work, but someone who also embraced all people and valued diversity. I hope my legacy focuses on the work I’ve done in education and fostering future generations of accomplished young people.
My proudest accomplishment: Aside from my family, my work in education, which is ongoing.
No one would ever guess that… I love to ski fast. I’ve done heli-skiing in Canada and have an adventurous spirit.
Trademark beauty look: Because I have lived in the wild and woolly west of Las Vegas, I tend more to glamour.
My philosophy on image: If you walk in the door looking elegant, classy, and put together, you help your cause because it shows you’ve taken the time to be presentable and you’re paying respect to the people you’re going to be with.
On aging gracefully: You should get to a place where you’re comfortable and happy with your looks and not constantly updating yourself. If you’re preoccupied, that reveals an inner insecurity.
Cause closest to my heart: I’m invested in everything I do. As I move from one thing to another, it becomes dearest to me.
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Black jacket, Escada ($1,825). 9502 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0330. Black top, Akris ($395). Bloomingdale's, 8500 Beverly Blvd., LA, 310-360-2700. Pants, Escada ($595). see above. Oxblood coral and diamond earrings ($85,000) and lapis, diamond, and oxblood coral ring ($42,000), David Webb. 9621 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-858-8006.
Reared in Valencia, Naya Rivera, 26, now reigns in Hollywood. Her meteoric rise through the ranks of the entertainment industry landed her the role of Santana Lopez, the tough busybody on Glee, and made her a household name.
On the Latina stereotype: Glee doesn’t harp on the correctness of Santana being a Latina [like Rita Moreno, Rivera has Puerto Rican roots] or a lesbian. They never really treat her as one thing or another; she just is who she is.
Most reread book: I read The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle in college, and I’ve read it several times since.
No one would ever guess that… I’m really shy and insecure when I have to learn choreography.
Secret to my success: Feeling like I haven’t gained any success at all. I always feel like there’s more I could do.
My motto: Ryan Murphy, the executive producer and cocreator of Glee, told me, “Don’t ever be normal.” That was really inspiring to me because what I do for a living is so out of the norm. Just own it.
On legacy: I would like to continue to play roles that touch people’s lives. The fact that Santana is helping so many young girls who are struggling with their sexuality come to terms with who they are is very meaningful to me.
Trademark beauty look: I always wear false lashes and fill in my eyebrows. I’m a big fan of contouring my cheekbones too. I’m a total beauty junkie.
When no one is looking I… Have a little conversation or pep talk with myself.
On being a role model: I realize I’m in an industry where it’s part of the job and I want to keep it positive at all times. Even if I’m drinking wine at an event and someone wants a photo, I pass the wine off to someone else because I don’t want it in the picture and then I think, Wait, I’m 26. This is allowed! It’s something I take very seriously.
LA is my home because… I love this city more than anywhere else in the entire world. It’s such a diverse place and exploring all the different cultures here is an ongoing process.
Cause closest to my heart: Any organization that fosters confidence, self-esteem, courage, and empowerment for women of all nationalities, sizes, and backgrounds.
SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil ($60), AE RIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder ($45). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil in Onyx ($21). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900. Benefit Brow Zings in Dark ($30). Sephora, Westfield Century City, LA, 310-843-0123. Moroccan oil Volumizing Mousse ($28). Nelson J, 350 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-1553.
Red crepe dress (worn as top), Louis Vuitton ($1,612). 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457.. Striped wool skirt, Roland Mouret ($905). Bo circus coral earrings, Louis Vuitton ($475). see above. Yellow suede peep-toe shoes Giuseppe Zanotti Design ($695). 9536 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760.
The Oscar-Tony-Emmy-Grammy-winning legend of screen, stage, and television doesn’t have any intention of slowing down at 81 years old. Out with a new book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, stereotype-smasher Rita Moreno isn’t just a star, she’s an icon.
Biggest surprise of my career… I didn’t think West Side Story was going to be a success. Boy, did I have to eat crow, but it was the best crow I’ve ever eaten.
On my legacy: If I were to write my epitaph, I would write, “She never stopped trying.”
The secret to my success: Never, ever, ever give up and don’t allow anyone to interfere with your vision of what it is you want out of life.
Proudest moment: The night I won that beautiful little gold man [in 1962]. The comedienne Liz Torres told me she was living in Spanish Harlem in New York City on that night and the neighborhood is normally very noisy, but it got dead quiet when the nominations for Best Supporting Actress were announced. And she said that when my name was called out, [the neighborhood] erupted in screams and [with people] yelling, “She did it!” But what they were really saying was, “We did it!”
On forging her own path: I never, ever had anyone say to me, “Come here, kid, I know you have talent and one day it’s going to happen for you and here’s what you need to do.”
On being a role model: It gives me enormous pride and makes me feel very responsible to my community. I do a lot of work with high school and college students and I tell them that you have to look after yourself in the most positive way you can.
Favorite fictional hero: Holden Caulfield.
No one would ever guess that… There are times in my life when the little [insecure] Puerto Rican girl [inside me] emerges. That’s how I judge my maturity... that I can send her to her room and get rid of her!
Most reread book: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon.
Trademark beauty look: A lot of eye makeup.
On aging gracefully: I’m lucky that I have very, very good skin. I have no idea why…. I sat in the sun for half of my life! Must be the Caribbean genes.
Cause closest to my heart: Alameda County Community Food Bank, which provides food and nutrition education to those in need.
Dior Diorshow Art Pen in Black ($30). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Violetta ($34). Sephora, Westfield Century City, LA, 310-843-0123. Lancôme La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine in Chromed Pink ($27). Macy's, Beverly Center, LA, 310-854-6655. Bumble and bumble Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Creme ($28). Sephora, see above.f
Dress, necklace, watch, Moreno's own
LA design royalty and star of Bravo’s hit show Million Dollar Decorators, Mary McDonald, 48, is busy expanding her queendom one passementerie at a time. Recent developments: collabs with Schumacher and Patterson, Flynn & Martin that showcase her genius for marrying classic forms with contemporary style.
I’m always inspired by: Specifically, European historical references and the Far East. But actually I’m inspired by everywhere in the world!
My design aesthetic: I consider myself a “whimsical classicist.”
Secret to my success: I don’t feel like there is a secret because there’s nothing overnight about any of this. I’ve worked on my craft, my creativity, and my business for years. The universe gave me a certain amount of talent, but I also had to keep going because not everything falls in your lap.
LA influences my style because: California encourages you to try something outside the box.
On legacy: I know that I want to have two tombstones, [so people will] say, “She had to have the pair.” I’m always telling people, “Just get the pair!” I love evenness and balance.
No one would ever guess that… I love psychic mediums. And hot dogs.
My motto: Keep it moving.
Trademark beauty look: An Audrey Hepburn look is always my fallback. Hair in a chignon, red lipstick, very little eye makeup, a crisp white blouse, and chunky bangles.
Signature scent: I’ve been wearing Chanel No. 5 for about 25 years.
My philosophy on image: I’ve always enjoyed looking put together, and it’s done nothing but helped me. I’m selling style, and how I present myself is actually proving to people that I have a sense of balance, proportion, and a knack for putting things together in an original way.
On aging gracefully: Exercise keeps you looking younger than anything else you could possibly do.
On my style evolution: I love the drama of different beauty looks and [occasionally] dressing completely differently than I normally do. I see the creativity in the ritual and pageantry of fashion and makeup.
Cause closest to my heart: Operation Smile, which provides cleft palate and cleft lip reconstruction surgery to children around the world.
SK-II Essential Power Cream ($205). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. Giorgio Armani Beauty Maestro Makeup in 5 ($62). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900. Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in Peach Passion ($28). Macy's, Beverly Center, LA, 310-854-6655. Guerlain Shine Automatique Hydrating Lipshine in Rendez-vous 762 ($35). Neiman Marcus. see above. Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse ($23). Nelson J, 350 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-1553.
White cotton cropped blazer, Rachel Zoe (price on request). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900. White lace top, Reem Acra ($595). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. Beige silk skirt, Zac Posen (price and availability on request). Zac Posen. Amethyst crystal stud earrings ($100), crystal chain necklace ($370), and crystal knot ring (price and availability on request), Swarovski. The Grove, LA, 323-935-0433. Magenta Infinity bracelet, Louis Vuitton ($565). 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457.
Katie Kay Mead
Kay Mead, 33, is a champion of LA’s elite fashion designers, with aspirations to spearhead a sartorial revolution centered on community and self-sustaining efforts. Her boutique, GatherLA, recently launched a highly curated online division of local designers, while the two labels Made for Pearl and BellenBrand have thrived under her unique creative direction.
My philosophy on image: The way you present yourself to the world is indicative of who you are as a person. Even the people who say, “I don’t care about fashion,” chose the outfits that they wear and the things they have in their closets. Being aesthetically judgmental isn’t a modern-day thing; it’s something that’s in all of us.
How LA influences my style: I was born and raised in Southern California, and although I’ve been all over the world, in my soul of souls, I’m a California girl.
On the LA fashion stereotype: I’m a huge proponent of fighting what LA fashion is known for, because there are great lines in LA that aren’t doing T-shirts or tie-dye.
Secret to success: If you are pleasant to be around, you automatically have a leg up on the competition. Working hard and trusting your gut are also huge factors.
On community engagement: Keeping jobs [from leaving] LA is very important to me. As a rule, we only produce within LA, every step of the way, from the woman who’s sewing the clothing to the person selling it to the person buying it—all in one little ecosystem. I’ve been working a lot with [departing] Mayor Villaraigosa to bring manufacturing back to LA.
Trademark beauty look: A naked face with a strong lip and brow. Never fussy.
No one would ever guess that… I’m way more obsessed with home décor and real estate than I am with fashion!
Cause closest to my heart: I’m a huge dog lover and am committed to fixing the overpopulation issue. Every dog deserves a loving home and neutering pets is the way to assure that for the future.
La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Day Cream SPF 20 ($135). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. Estée Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil Duo in Dark Brown ($25). Macy's, Beverly Hills, Center, LA, 310-854-6655. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Funny Face ($26). Sephora, Westfield Century City, LA, 310-843-0123. Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer ($23).
Sephora, see above.
Cropped embroidered jacket, Louis Vuitton (price on request). South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-662-6907. Sky-blue silk chiffon top, Rachel Zoe (price on request). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900. Blue and white cotton pants, Diane von Furstenburg ($298). 8407 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-951-1947. Earrings, Mead's own. Silver choker necklace, Isabel Marant ($260). 8454 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-651-1493. Blue bracelet, Louis Vuitton($565). see above. Diamond timepiece, TAG Heuer ($4,000). Westime Beverly Hills, 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-0000. Rings, Mead's own. Canvas olive booties, Cesare Paciotti (price on request). 9528 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-273-3220.
Mega-retailer Lauren Brown, 36, has helped shape the LA boutiques of some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, including Jimmy Choo, Céline, and Diane von Furstenberg. Now president of Agent Provocateur US and Canada, she sees no conflict between the luxury lingerie market and the broader cause of women’s empowerment.
Most attractive quality in a woman: Confidence and attitude, regardless of your size or shape.
On building a career: It’s all about experiencing things and feeling like you have something to bring to the table, whatever that may be. Etch out a little place in the world for yourself.
Secret to my success: I consider myself a fighter, and I go after what I want. It’s partly how I was raised and partly just being super ambitious. I want to do as much as I possibly can in my life.
Words to live by: Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Living person you most admire: Angelina Jolie. She very much represents what I think women’s empowerment looks like. She actually rolls up her sleeves and gets out in the trenches.
On legacy: I’ve had many fantastic mentors along the way and I feel a great obligation and responsibility to pay that forward. It’s important for me to not only run a successful business but also to foster the dreams and careers of people who work for me.
Trademark beauty look: I’m an eye girl; I tend to favor purples, olives, and browns. Eyes and eye contact are such important pieces of communication.
No one would ever guess that… I’m the daughter of two artist photographers. Two creatives raised a business person!
Most valuable talent: The ability to build meaningful relationships in the workplace. It not only makes the job more enjoyable, but it makes everyone better because there’s a synergy and collective atmosphere.
Cause closest to my heart: I champion charities, both professionally and personally, that support the empowerment of women.
Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup ($47). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 14 Star Struck ($26). Sephora, Westfield Century City, LA, 310-843-0123. Givenchy Le Prisme Eyeshadow Quartet in Khaki Egerie ($57). Sephora. see above. Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($143). Nelson J, 350 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-1553.
Fuchsia cropped blazer, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti ($780). Alberta Ferretti, 8626 Melrose Ave., LA, 310-652-9000. Silk top, Max Mara ($550). South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-754-7900. Gray skirt, Reiss ($180). 145 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-276-0060. Earrings ($22,480) and rings ($3,190), Irene Neuwirth. ylang23.com. Black grosgrain belt, Max Mara ($59). see above. Brass chain link cuff, Isabel Marant ($730). 8454 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-651-1493.
America Martin’s stamp on the LA arts scene cuts far deeper than paint and canvas. Between her efforts with the Harmony Project, a nonprofit organization providing music education to children in underserved areas of LA, to finding inspiration from every facet of the city, Martin, 32, possesses one of the most imaginative visions in the business.
LA is my home because… It’s a comfortable place to be able to express myself freely in all kinds of ways. Secret to my success: I really love what I do. I’m engaged and interested in the people whom I paint and their stories inspire me to be involved in life.
Most attractive quality in a woman: I’ve always admired other women who are actively curious at being alive. It’s contagious when you meet someone who really loves something; it makes you want to learn more about it.
On legacy: As an artist, I have an ability to celebrate people and their stories. My fascination with life would be a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
No one would ever guess that… I listen to audio books while I paint. I get through more than 200 books a year. I’m listening to the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant right now.
I’m always inspired by… A Vincent van Gogh art book I bought at a yard sale when I was 9 years old. I took one look at [van Gogh’s work], fell in love, and knew at that moment I had found a voice.
Classic beauty look: Clean skin and hair that looks like it’s been washed in the ocean.
If I could change one thing about myself: Consistency. I love people who have a signature style. I am as inconsistent as the wind when it comes to those things.
On community engagement: I just bought a studio in Silver Lake, right on the cusp of historic Filipinotown. I’m excited to go to council meetings to discuss the preservation of [the neighborhood’s] cultural heritage.
Cause closest to my heart: The Harmony Project, which uses music to “promote positive youth development.”
Clarins Super Restorative day cream SPF 20 ($115). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. Shiseido Eyebrow and Eyeliner Compact in Light Brown ($30). Macy's Beverly Center, LA, 310-854-6655. M.A.C. Lipstick in Russian Red ($15). Macy's, see above. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($39). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900.
Crepe jacket, Moschino ($1,495). moschinoboutique.com. Dress, Marc Jacob ($3,200). marcjacobs.com. Bo circus coral earrings, Louis Vuitton ($475). 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457. Maroon leather and brass cuff, Isabel Marant ($890). 8454 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-651-1493. Gemstone ring, Tous ($485). Beverly Center, LA, 310-358-9393. Elba terra-cotta pumps, Rupert Sanderson ($595). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211.
Photography by Giuliano Bekor and Zev Starr-Tambor; Makeup by Kinzee for Ford artists; Styling by Jeff K. Kim for Margaret Maldonado Agency