Rachel Zoe

Rachel talks about her illness, her childhood as an aspiring fashionista, and her Fashion Week conflict.

on Sep 28, 2009


In this episode you were diagnosed with vertigo. The doctor says vertigo can have varying degrees of seriousness - was yours chronic?

It's been pretty chronic and constant for the past six months. It's pretty much ruined my life for the past several months.

Is it because of stress?

That's what they say. They say it's part of a virus. Vertigo is something that is almost always brought on by stress and traveling and it's basically an inner ear problem. It's an inflammation of a nerve, and it basically causes you to feel motion sick while you're on land. I end up getting that on and off for days at a time from the minute I wake up until I go to sleep. It's a disaster and there's not much you can do to get rid of it. That's the problem. There is no real treatment for it. So you have to just live miserably with it. Apparently it affects over 3 and a half million Americans every year, so it's not that uncommon. It's just something that isn't fixable. It's a nightmare. They say it's brought on by tremendous stress. I find that I get a relapse when I'm extremely stressed and exhausted and traveling.

Have you tried changing your lifestyle?

You know, the answer to that is yes. But in the same breath, I would tell you that it's almost impossible for me to change my lifestyle. I'd have to make drastic changes and adjustments. The thing is, I wish it were a choice, but at the end of the day it's definitely given me a lot of time to think and reevaluate the way I live. I think I can do everything when in fact I can't. My body is just showing me that I can't do everything anymore.

Have Brad and Taylor been helpful stepping up?

Yes, they’ve been fantastic. I have a hard time delegating responsibility, but my clients and my team have been amazing in covering for me during the really bad times. And there have been many.

You hold an exhibition of your jewelry at Decades...

That was amazing. That was one of the greatest things I've ever had the privilege of working on. It was taking something I loved and that I've been collecting and working on for years and years, and actually doing something great with it, which was incredible. I reached out to a friend of mine who owns Decades and we tried to do something amazing with all of my stuff. Because I mean clearly I don't need it all. You get to a point and a certain age where you're like, OK what do I do with all of this? Ovarian cancer is something that is very close to me and something that I support, and so when the opportunity came to sell my jewelry and I thought it was perfect. What better reason to sell your jewelry than to raise money towards ovarian cancer research?