Olivia Palermo talks reality TV, the price of fashion and her struggle growing up with a learning disability

Charlie Teather
Blazer, shirt, pants and turban by Gucci, belt by Prada and ring by Piaget: Driu + Tiago, courtesy of The Edit, net-a-porter.com

Having launched her career as a cast member of MTV's television show The City - a spin-off of the channel's hit show The Hills - Olivia Palermo has since managed to achieve the sort of success many reality TV stars can only dream of.

Signed to Wilhelmina models in 2009, a successful blogger and a well-respected front row regular, Palermo revealed to net-a-porter's digital magazine The Edit how she feels about still being labelled a 'reality TV star'.

"It doesn’t bother me. But a label should probably be somewhat accurate. I do more behind the scenes than people realize."

So does she regret appearing on the show, or is she secretly a big fan of reality television?

"It was an interesting time. There is always an agenda [on these shows] whether you are on board with it or not," she admitted. "There is so much garbage out there. I just ignore it."

Blazer, shirt, skirt, sandals and bag by Prada, watch and bracelets by Piaget (Driu + Tiago, courtesy of The Edit, net-a-porter.com)

Having moved on and made her mark as a regular on the f'row, the 31-year-old divulged what it is about fashion that she enjoys enough to make it her career.

"It’s about mixing and matching. My aunt has always said, 'If it’s great, it’s great - and it doesn’t matter how much it costs.."

"Fashion is for every woman. You can see if she’s into it: her eyes light up when she talks about it."

"I love seeing a woman looking amazing walking down the street in New York, when you can see her confidence. I just think: ‘You go, girl!’"

But despite her successful career and seemingly idyllic home-life - Palermo married German model Johannes Huebl three years ago - the fashion entrepreneur faced struggles throughout her childhood.

"I grew up with a learning disability, so things were always a bit challenging. I had to create my own support system."

Top, skirt and sandals by Prada, bracelets and watch by Piaget (Driu + Tiago, courtesy of The Edit, net-a-porter.com)

To see The Edit’s full interview with Olivia Palermo go to net-a-porter.com or download the free Edit app at the App Store and Google Play

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