Looking back at our shows, we often wonder about the people who've left. Where did they go when their moment in the Bravo spotlight was over? What are they up to now? Each week, we'll be looking into the lives of one of these familiar faces. Today, it's Camille Hughes from NYC Prep.
She was NYC Prep's version of Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf: a hypersmart, beautiful, control and Ivy League-obsessed teen living a busy and privileged life while attending an elite Manhattan prep school. But Camille Hughes didn't agree to appear on the series, which ran for one eight-episode season in the summer of 2009, to get famous or flaunt her success. "I saw it like any other extracurricular activity," she told Paper magazine in 2014. "Like, 'Okay, so I'm going to do lacrosse, and also a TV show.'"
But instead of helping her high-school experience, it hurt it once the series aired: Even though Camille and the show never named her school or filmed there, administrators and parents affiliated with the prestigious Nightingale-Bamford School freaked out that one of its students was appearing on NYC Prep. "They sent out a school-wide email about me," Camille told Paper, and as pressure mounted—the school reportedly wanted her to write an apology for appearing on the series—Camille chose to transfer and spend her senior year at a different institution, NYC's famous Professional Children's School.
She didn't get into Harvard, the oldest institution of higher education in America, like she'd hoped, but Camille did the next best thing: She was accepted to and attended the country's second-oldest institution of higher learning, the prestigious College of William & Mary in Virginia. Asked in 2013 if she was glad she didn't go to Harvard, Camille offered a witty reply: "Heck yes," she wrote on Tumblr. "I love William & Mary / I don't know if Harvard is hard or just hard to get into but I couldn't imagine going to a school where I have to work more than I do here."
While there, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and a devoted student: Camille earned a neuroscience degree in December 2014 and returned to don a cap and gown for graduation ceremonies in May 2015, a proud moment documented on her Instagram feed. "I'm addicted to challenges," Camille wrote on Tumblr in 2013, explaining her choice of tough major. "But in life I don’t want to be a doctor or researcher. I'm more interested in pharmaceuticals (Camille Hughes: professional drug dealer has a nice ring to it) and the laws surrounding pharmaceuticals and neuroscience. I also like fixing s--- or 'finding solutions to problems.'"
After completing her degree, she relocated to Southern California, where she landed a job with Arbonne, a vegan cosmetic and wellness brand. "It's like @LaurenConrad and I are switching places #lagunabeach#nycprep," Camille half-joked on Twitter in December 2014 of her big move.
She's still adjusting to the culture shock but is doing it with a sense of humor. "Want to punish a New Yorker? Make them live in LA," Camille added a few days later. "I give myself 5 years before I go crazy from the slow pace, hippie, bagel-less, floral print, dull blonde, floppy hat, LA hipster bulls---."