Molly Sims Makes Her Move (Again)

The model-turned-actress is onto her next act: entrepreneur.

By Susan Swimmer
Photograph: Photo by: Sofia + Mauro

Molly Sims, never one to site idle, has traveled from her home state of Kentucky to her current home in Los Angeles by way of the world. Her career trajectory, more labyrinthine than linear, has led her to embrace reinvention. She's been a model, a TV host (MTV's House of Style) and an actress (Las Vegas), and now she's going all out as an entrepreneur, designing not one jewelry collection but two: a top seller on the Home Shopping Network and a higher-end line sold at Henri Bendel and Ron Herman, among other select stores. "Welcome to my life," Sims says with a knowing shrug. "I change careers every two or three years. It's funny, because even though I'm a person who hates change, all the biggest things in my life have come with change."

Sims started out as a student at Vanderbilt University, then turned to modeling at the suggestion of one of her roommates. "I was never the biggest model," she says matter-of-factly. "I was your Victoria's Secret, your Neiman Marcus, your J.Crew." But magazine work followed, and in 1999 Sims landed the cover of French Vogue. "I thought someone made a mistake," she says of getting the call. Two years later she began a run of appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. These successes led to her stint on MTV, which broadened her popularity and also gave her a crash course in working the television camera. With that experience behind her, she beat out dozens to win the role of Delinda in Las Vegas.

Sims admits she's always relied on her gut to guide her next move, and that's what drove her into the bling business. "My mom's been collecting for years, and she'd always go to antiques sales, estate sales, yard sales," she says. So when Hollywood's writers went on strike in 2007 and Vegas production came to a halt, Sims had a Plan B. "I really love jewelry, and I just love dressing up," she says. "When the writers' strike happened, it gave me time. I thought, OK, I'll just do this for a little while. I don't think I could ever sit idle." Sims leans forward, fishing a favorite bracelet out of a bin of sparkly treasures. "When I first got into acting, I thought, Finally I'm done transitioning. But the truth is, you always want to keep growing and changing."

Sims isn't sure what's next, but another metamorphosis is likely. "As I've gotten older, I've realized a lot of things. I've learned how to say no, and I've learned that I don't want to fix anybody. I know I want to get married and have kids, and hopefully that'll happen. I just know that I've never been happier in my life than I am right now."

 

 

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First Published February 10, 2011

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