Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe opens up about dealing with the tabloids.

on Sep 23, 2008

Do you still read things about yourself or have you just stopped?

It's funny - I've tried it both ways. I've tried looking and I've tried not looking. Most of the time it just hits me in the face because it's on things that I actually read. But sometimes it's really a tabloid-ly, disgusting website like a Perez Hilton or something that is never kind. First of all, I never go on Perez Hilton, but inevitably people e-mail me something and say, "He's such a jerk. Why would he say that about you?" and then I'm like, "Well, now I know!" It's hard to keep it a secret sometimes. The New York Times was not very kind to me either. A very kind journalist wrote an article two days later about me called, "Defending Rachel Zoe," and she basically disputed everything that was written in the Times. I think what happened with that Times article was that a lot of people called me and said, "We know we can't hide the New York Times from you, we know you're gonna see this." The thing that hurt was that for some reason, the journalist blamed me for the state of the world right now and blamed me for what she feels is a very superficial environment. I actually think quite the contrary. People watch television and movies because they want to remove themselves from their everyday life - it's an escape. This very kind journalist in the Huffington Post wrote this very kind rebuttal. The irony about the Times article was that people's reaction was, "Wow, now I want to go watch." She actually brought more attention to the show. It's less hurtful on Perez Hilton, but when it's the New York Times, it hits below the belt.

You go to see Giles Mendel and he uses a lot of fur. I know at fashion week there are a lot of protesters. What do you say to people who are anti-fur?

To be honest, most of my clients don't wear fur. My personal take on the "fur issue" is to each his own. It's a personal choice.

In this episode, Rodger struggles to find time with you. How do you make time for each other? Rodger and I have been together every minute of every day for sixteen years. Well, I wouldn't say every minute, but certainly every day for sixteen years, except when I'm traveling for work. We make it a point to be together all the time. In fact, he comes with me to Paris in July for Couture. The reality of it is that when I'm not with him, I am not happy, especially when I'm traveling. I'm in Milan right now and I wish every minute that he was here. I think that being together as long as we have has made our relationship easier. Very often people say, "Sixteen years? That must be so hard!" But it's actually not hard. If it's the right thing, it's not hard. We miss each other when we are apart, but I think he realizes that after years of me being in the business during Fashion Week, he knows he will not see me. You can be sure that immediately after work I'm with him every single minute that I can be. It's really just during Fashion Week and during the Oscars that I don't really get to see him.