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“Real Housewives'” Kyle Richards Gets Personal
by Ilyssa Panitz
Everyone makes mistakes, including Kyle Richards, the famous fashionista from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Although Richards has a flair for style she, too, admits she’s had a few un-vogue moments. All kidding aside, while we were sharing some quality girl time with Richards, she gave us the secret scoop on how she always looks red carpet fabulous.
DivineCaroline: When you look back at season one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and see where it is today, what are some of the thoughts go through your mind?
Kyle Richards: I feel there have been a lot of broken friendships and changing of alliances. I feel it no longer has that unspoken sisterhood it used to have. That thought alone makes me sad.
DC: Because you’ve lost friendships along the way and had some personal family matters grab the headlines do you regret signing on?
KR: At times yes but for the most part it’s been pretty positive. Look, with all of the negative stuff that comes with the territory there is also the positive, too. For me, I try to look at the bright side.
DC: Do you think those friendships you make reference to can ever be repaired?
KR: I think so. From my perspective, yes. I’m the type of person that doesn’t hold on to any angry feelings and I tend to get over things easily. Unfortunately not everyone is on the same page.
DC: If you could press rewind, what scene would you like to do over and why?
KR: Season Two. There were some things involving Brandi Glanville and then there was the scene in the back of the limousine with my sister Kim. It was a very difficult time for me because my sister and I didn’t talk for a very long time after that. Now we are finally okay but it took a few months for us to get to a point where we could speak again.
DC: Speaking of your sister, how is Kim?
KR: She is doing really well. She is strong, solid and I am very happy to see her like that.
DC: While we are on the subject of family, I read somewhere you want another baby. Is that true?
KR: My exact words were, “I am never done having babies and yes, I would love to have another baby.” I have never felt that feeling where some women say, “I am done having kids,” because I have never felt that. That is really what I meant. For me, I think I’m running out of time (laughs).
DC: With so many housewives franchises and cast members in different cities, who do you think you are most similar to?
KR: I don’t think any. I feel like we all have such distinct personalities.
DC: Thanks to your success on Housewives you’ve been tapped to be the face for the March of Dimes campaign “I Am Born To.”
KR: The message I want to convey is every baby is born to be something great. The March of Dimes is helping babies to be born healthy for over 75 years and to now have a platform to help other people makes me feel honored to give back.
DC: Has this cause hit home for you?
KR: Unfortunately, yes. I have had friends who have had sick babies and as a mom it hurts to see that.
DC: How long does it take you to get ready?
KR: It doesn’t take me long at all. I always have a vision in my head of what I want to wear that day and just build around that. For example, if I want to wear my blue Chanel bag I just build an outfit around that.
DC: Your fashion pet peeve is …
KR: I have three. The first is showing too much. You can’t show too much leg and too much cleavage. I also hate women who wear heels that you can hear going ‘click clock’ from far away. That sounds drives me crazy. I also hate women who buy into the trend especially if they can’t wear it.
DC: What is your ideal look?
KR: Being well put together without it taking a tremendous amount of time. When you look effortless it really makes a statement. Don’t try too hard. For me I love the bohemian look: a flowy top and lots of color.
DC: Your most risky look was …
KR: When I wear a tight dress on camera because I’m feeling thin that day. When I look back on the episode I say to myself, “That was not a good look for me,” (laughs). I am petite and curvy at the same time so for me I need to work around that.
DC: What colors work well for you?
KR: One of my favorite colors is deep green. While I tend to wear a lot of green I also find myself choosing bright blue too.
DC: What look does your husband (Mauricio Umansky) love to see on you?
KR: A red dress when I get going to a fancy event. But for everyday, he likes to see me in a white T-shirt with a pair of jeans and sneakers. He’s really into the relaxed look.
DC: Confess: Your shopping weakness is …
KR: … handbags and shoes.
DC: Name the one item of makeup you always wear.
KR: Lip gloss. I am not a big makeup person but when I put on some lip gloss I feel put together.
DC: Do you have a nighttime/bedtime routine for caring for your skin?
KR: For me less is more. I get an electrical facial once in a while because it helps tighten the muscles. When I wash at night I use Cetaphil cleanser and Epicure serums and creams.
DC: What’s the maximum amount of inches you’ll cut off your hair when you go to the salon?
KR: About 12 years ago I cut my hair above my shoulders and then highlighted it. It was fun for a bit, but looking back, it was not a good move.
DC: What’s the secret to keeping your hair healthy?
KR: Aside from using Pantene I also use a product called Nourage, which is a vitamin for your hair.