Interviewed by Elle Werlin, COO - Luxury Shoe Club
Welcome to the Luxury Shoe Club interview series where we introduce you to impeccably styled women whose stories need to be told.
Today we interview Devorah Rose, is an American socialite and the Editor-in-Chief of Social Life Magazine, a New York City socialite, a television personality and entrepreneur. The New York Observer named Rose one of the top 50 Media Power Bachelorettes.
I am so excited to interview Devorah Rose, a colleague and friend. Devorah and I met on set when I styled the cover of her magazine, Social Life, featuring Vanessa Hudgens.
Devorah is an inspiration both personally and professionally. She is beautiful, brilliant, driven, creative and kind. She has created a name for herself in the fashion industry, and she has used that celebrity to help end animal cruelty and empower the voiceless.
Share with us a little about yourself and your background. What led you to New York City?
My mother is Venezuelan and my father is Guatemalan. I grew up in Newton (a suburb of Boston) and came to the city to study at Barnard College. While pursuing my education, I met Justin Mitchell at MoMA's Party in the Garden. I was an English major and he was interested in starting a magazine. We set up a meeting and discussed working together. It was one of those only-in-New-York-City kind of moments, a serendipitous meeting that changed my life forever.
You've been featured in several reality shows about both socialites and New York City... how did that come to be? What were the highs and lows? Which shows have you appeared in?
The first show I was featured in was called Fashionista Diaries and it came about because I was seated next to one of the protagonists at a birthday dinner. She was working at Seventh House PR and pitched me a hair client named Dov. I produced a shoot that would be filmed for the show in exchange for the magazine to be prominently featured. Because I gathered a high end multimillion dollar location, models, and content on a shoe string budget the head of development, Roni Selig, came to set. We spoke and set up a meeting. The meeting led to ABC/Disney offering me a development deal. During that time I was also featured on several episodes of Real Housewives of New York, Married to Jonas, Cake Boss, and many others. I think the low point was when my stepfather passed away and I was approached to be on a show called High Society. I participated as both a distraction to the pain of losing a loved one and in exchange for a positive story line in which the magazine was to be featured. I agreed to participate in conflict as long as it was resolved and concluded on a positive note. The producers did not deliver on the promises made. Besides that experience, I found all other producers very direct about their goals for these shoots, what would happen during the show, and specific direction. I have turned down every single *prominent role in a * reality project that came my way for 8 years now because I'm not interested in having a feature role. There is a Netflix show I make a quick appearance on coming out soon. I don't remember the name but the reason I agreed to it is because Social Life is prominently featured and I think all I have to say is welcome to the event or something along those lines.
Social Life magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 17 years in print. Your content focuses on luxury lifestyle on local, national, and international levels who summer on the East End of Long Island. What inspired you to start this magazine?
Justin Mitchell approached me about starting a magazine and as a rising writer, it was an exciting and fun opportunity. The inspiration was what all writers dream of... the process of creation. I enjoy working with artists and helping upcoming talent the most.
You have worked with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Jessica Hart to Christie Brinkley. Which was your favorite cover and why?
Which moment stood out to you where you said to yourself, I have made it?
There was a very specific moment in my life I cut out all the toxic individuals and created very clear boundaries and stopped participating in reality television. Creating a safe space to be my best self allowed me to create incredible relationships with family and friends. Every day I'm grateful for the fantastic people in my life, specifically my husband. I am my best self because of him. Creating joy and peace is what has made me feel like I made it. It's a feeling no celebrity, paparazzi photo, or achievement can give you. Only authenticity and the world you create for yourself can give you real power. Thankfully, we can all achieve it.
You empowered Brooke Shields to get back in her Calvins, and for Christie Brinkley to pose in a bathing suit in her late 50's, who has empowered and inspired you?
My husband, my best friend Matt as well as the powerful women in my life like my mother, grandmother, and sisters.
If you can, we would love to see your fabulous closet. Tell us who are your favorite designers and why?
What's Your Perfect Shoe + Clothing Combo? Why?
I love a good Prada platform sneaker with Cucinelli overalls or Chanel boots with skinny jeans and a comfy sweater.
Last Question... Shoe Goals: What pair are you eyeing on Luxury Shoe Club
That's A Wrap!
Thank you Devorah for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us. I am in awe with everything you have accomplished, truly inspirational. We are thrilled to have you part of the Luxury Shoe Club 'Sustainably Chic' Family. Our Readers can follow Devorah on instagram @devorahrose
Social Life Magazine- https://sociallifemagazine.com/
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Written by Elle Werlin, COO - Luxury Shoe Club