Former Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star Marlo Hampton may have departed the show but that doesn’t stop her from gracing the cover of magazines. She is covering the latest issue of Denim Magazine. She does an upscale photo shoot for the publication, wearing high-end designers including Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Versace, Tom Ford, Giuseppe Zanotti, Pigalle Plato and more. She looks gorgeous! On the cover, Marlo styles in a fur shawl paired with thigh-high Christian Louboutin boots. Inside, she talks about being a fashion lover, designers she cannot live without, her handbag collection, a fashion must have for women, giving back and much more.
So what or who made you love fashion as a teen?
“As a teen I was in and out of foster care; so having the best fashion was something that seemed unattainable. I didn’t win Best Dressed, but I understood at an early age I couldn’t afford certain kinds of clothing when I was growing up. But, what I do remember about my mother was that she loved nice things. At times, when we did get clothes; we would get them from a second hand store. And she always kept us clean and extremely polished.
What designers can you not live without?
“I think this may be sort of obvious, and a little birdie might have let you know… all things CHANEL. I am very partial to their clothes because CoCo Chanel was an Orphan. I can relate to that. She didn’t have parents to raise her, but look at what she’s overcome. Her story reminds me of mine. She had humble beginnings but Chanel is the Queen of Fashion, all of their pieces are classy and timeless!
What designer would you want to collaborate with on a collection? Would it be high end or price friendly?
“I would love to work with the designers of J. Crew. Their pieces are simply stunning and they have a good mix of everything. Our collection would be what I call “Fashion Affordable.” Nice pieces, for an affordable price, with great style, trend but quality material. There would be something for everyone. We all deserve a piece of Marlo.”
How many handbags do you have?
“Now that is a tough question. I haven’t counted, but I do know too many for sure … actually, I take that back; a girl can never have too many bags”!
What is the most you have ever spent on a bag or was gifted?
“I am always working on my etiquette, lol and a lady never tells prices unless you want to buy one yourself. However, my crocodile Hermes Birkin is my most expensive handbag”!
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What fashion accessories does a women need to be fabulous?
“The one accessory that EVERY women needs to be Fabulous is CONFIDENCE. it’s the one accessory that’s Priceless. Money can’t buy it and as long as you wear that; nothing else matters”!
Would you ever give your daughter or son a Birkin bag?
“I would absolutely gift my daughter one under one condition, that it was EARNED! A Birkin is way too expensive just to “give” so if she earned a college degree, was getting married, or achieved a milestone in her life worthy of such a nice bag”
Every woman deserves at least one nice bag whether it’s a Birkin or another bag of their choice.
Have you ever seen other girlfriends’ collections of shoes or bags and felt I have nothing on theirs
“I don’t covet anyone’s achievements or closets! Lol! I applaud all women who are enjoying their luxuries and if they have great taste, then we need to go in to their closet and play dress up with a glass of wine and have a good time”!
Last year, you took one of your best friends Daniel/stylist/ assistant to Paris for Fashion-Week. Tell me how was it to do that for someone else who is as passionate as you are about fashion?
“It was amazing and truly rewarding for both of us. Being a lover of fashion, Paris Fashion-Week is something that is a must. I spent a week in London and then Daniel came over to join me in Paris for an additional week. We shopped until we dropped (literally) or until my cards daily limit was reached. lol. His eye for fashion is amazing; not having him accompany me in the fashion capital of the world seems absurd. We were treated like royalty and I can’t wait to do it all again soon”!
I understand you gave 20 families turkeys along with meals through your Simply Giving campaign. What are you doing for Christmas?
“It’s my way of “Simply Giving Back” to families during the holidays or a special time of the year. I was able to bless 20 needy families for Thanksgiving with a full meal and all the fixins. I will also be giving back during Christmas and recruiting my Glam It Up girls to show them what it means to give back and do good service at at a soup kitchen”
Like most other women around the world is Vogue magazine your second bible?
“Hmmm, while Vogue is an amazing magazine which I read monthly, I would have to say it’s a fair toss-up between Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. Let’s just consider each publication as a different book in the fashion bible.”
What was your first high-end buy?
“My first high-end buy would probably have to be a Gucci bag in college. It was very special at the time because I worked for it, saved my money and bought it!
Below is a behind the scenes footage of Marlo’s lovely closet: