Sonja Morgan seems to have done it all. She’s studied fashion, represented high-end luxury brands, jetsetted around the world, modeled in Paris and Milan and worked for multiple restaurants. And now, as one of the newest members of the Real Housewives of New York City, this single mother of a ten year-old daughter is all about living life to its fullest and spreading her personal motto: “to live each day as if you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” Here, she opens up to us about body image, beauty and living life without regrets.
We sat down with Sonja Morgan to talk about Real Beauty…
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
Confidence makes everyone beautiful. You see a woman who doesn’t have cookie cutter features that are considered “model type” and yet you see how she carries herself and flair says “I am beautiful, catch me if you can!”
How does being a “Real Housewife” affect your perception of beauty?
Being a RHONY has forced me to step it up on my downtime. I hate to disappoint and feel the viewers want to see a cute outfit, shoe, ponytail, headband or some fashion/style statement from me when they see me. I remember before being a public figure how disappointed I’d be when I’d see one of my fave’s in first class or on vacation. Bummed! But I definitely understand why! We are always doing hair/makeup/wardrobe so when we have downtime it can lead to a downright “I don’t care!” mess.
How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture, particularly having such a public career?
I have been blessed with a wonderful frame, good skin that while not perfect takes a licking and keeps on ticking. However, as I age I realize more and more that confidence and personality are what makes a woman attractive. I just didn’t know I was an ugly duckling all this time!! Youth is always attractive but then you are left just being you. Which is wonderful too.
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Well I love the sun, but do it with sun protection. Feeling beautiful is beautiful. I cherish my bath oil baths. The aromatics are lifting, and almost spiritual and the steam is always good for the skin and to inhale. Don’t over wash your hair! LOL. Or over curl! Don’t over straighten. Work with what u have. We are all unique. That’s what I love so much.
Who are your beauty role models?
Ricky Lauren, Lauren Hutton, Elle Macpherson, Barbara Streisand, Carmen Dell Orefice, Catherine Deneuve. As well as Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Mendez, Dita Von Teese and Victoria Beckham.
What message do you hope to send your daughter about beauty?
Let you shine through. Eat healthy, exercise in a way you enjoy, give yourself me time. Always remember that although sometimes having it all may mean a few extra lbs, no worries!!! Don’t feel guilty about needing your beauty sleep. Be good to yourself so you can be good to others. That’s beautiful.
If you could share one tip with women and girls struggling to appreciate their own beauty, what would it be?
Find a mentor. (It can be someone in the media if you don’t have an aunt, teacher or hometown idol.) What do you admire about this person and their successful way of living a happy life. Adopt it. As you get older you will develop your own unique beauty style. But start the way everyone does, idolizing! It’s the sincerest form of flattery.
Do you have a top skincare secret?
Satoko Yamazaki has my back, and my face! Since my divorce, she comes to my home to give me glycolic peels when I am in town. I have been a fan for decades of any peel. Acid, vegetable, fruit. Anything that removes the top layer of skin and refreshes. I also do regular body scrubs, preferably with salt.