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In an interview with WhoWhatWear, fashion industry legend Rachel Zoe talks of her 30-year career thus far and more!

"Although I have built my career as an extrovert who thrives off meeting interesting, dynamic people and constantly being in large social gatherings, one thing that I think people might not know about me is that I am an introvert. When I am not working, I am very much a homebody, and I always prefer to be at home with Rodger and the kids," says Zoe when asked if there's something most people don't know about her.

When asked what she'd learned over the course of her 30-year career, Zoe said, "One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to always trust my instincts. When I question them, that is when I make the most mistakes. I have found that confidence comes from experience, which is only something you learn as you live your career journey. It really is experience and years of living out your career on so many levels that afford you this ease about how you go about the subsequent phases in your life. When I was younger, I was insecure and feared that I would fail. You must learn to trust your instincts and believe you are in your position because you earned it. The biggest lesson is that working hard wins in the end. There are no shortcuts to success."


"I think styling, at least from how I approached it, is from a very psychological standpoint where I get to know my client and get to understand the person they are trying to put out there into the world," said Zoe in regards to styling and its importance within pop culture. "Red carpet styling, specifically, is such a public forum where people place judgment without you actually speaking. It was always helping to create an image or send a message to people. Many of my clients went through periods in their lives where they wanted to dress differently, only wear black, dye their hair a different color, etc. For me, styling is so important because you are really there as someone's advocate to help them navigate their image in the public eye."

When asked if there are any looks that have been cemented within the public consciousness, Zoe said, "There are many that have been honored over the last 15 years or so, but there are a few that stand out the most. Anne Hathaway in Atelier Versace at the Venice Film Festival, Jennifer Garner in the one-shoulder Valentino at the 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Cameron Diaz in the magenta Dior with turquoise jewelry at the 2007 Met Ball, and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture at the 2012 Oscars… The list goes on!"

Information originally sourced from WhoWhatWear.