Get to Know the Boss Bitch
To say former Miss Georgia Teen Ashlee Wilson-Hawn lives the glamorous life is an understatement. The self-proclaimed Boss Bitch comes from old money and does everything high-end. Read on to be blown away by her extravagant taste in fashion and more. Then, catch the larger-than-life personality on the series debut of Big Rich Atlanta tomorrow night at 8/7c on Style!
How would you describe your personal style?
Haute couture all the way! That's it, short and sweet.
Your mom isn't a member of the cast of Big Rich Atlanta, but how has she influenced you personal style?
My mom is the fashionista that I am. I started so young that I was able to evolve my fashion much quicker than most women because I was exposed to so much fashion when I was a kid. Now, as an adult, I'm not afraid to push the envelope. I really like it when I walk into a room and everyone says, "Wow!" Fashion is the key to that reaction.
What was a defining fashion moment for you growing up?
I think the defining moment for me was when I had just turned 20-years-old and Pnina Tornai who is the most fabulous evening gown designer in the world in my opinion, made a custom gown for me. She made a dress after me and I thought it was pretty phenomenal. My body is a lot like hers and her muse.
You have an incredible, vast collection of designer heels! What do you look for when shopping for shoes?
My heels need to be superhigh and have an amazing platform. YSL makes the quintessential best shoe for my body type and, in my opinion, every woman should have a pair of Tributes. They don't have to go as overboard as I am with every pair that's ever been made, but every women needs a pair of black YSL Tributes.
What is your absolute favorite color to dress up in?
I'm a girl who likes to wear a lot of black. I think that you can look chic and sexy in black. That's why I think every girl should have an amazing black dress. That's a staple, but everyone should have an amazing black YSL or Chanel dress. Their cuts are just amazing and it makes almost every woman's body look phenomenal.
What's your philosophy when it comes to jewelry?
What's your signature scent?
I always wear Bond No. 9 Saks. I keep it everywhere—in my purse, in my car. I love it! It's in a black-and-white bottle. It's sexy.
What's your favorite flower?
I really love the Sterling Silver Rose. It's rare and hard to get.
Who is your style icon?
It would have to be Alexander McQueen or Karl Lagerfeld. I know they're not women, but they understand what it's like to have this amazing "wow" when you walk into the room. That's what satisfies my evening, and If I don't have that, then I'm completely dissatisfied. They push the envelopes in so many ways. Whenever you encompass two of those masterminds into one look, you look like a bomb bitch—and that's what I look for.
How did Alexander McQueen's death impact you?
I was in New York for fashion week when he passed. I was so devastated whenever I walked past Bergdorf Goodman because it was all black with a single red rose in the window. I get chills just talking about it. He is the queen of fashion. I love him!
What 's been your most memorable NYFW moment?
It was when I went to my friend Wes Gordon's first show at the St. Regis on 55th and Fifth. I was there with a group of friends who believed in him before he was anything. I remember being there in this python blazer that he designed and made for me to wear to his show. He didn't just design and then pawn it off to somebody to make, he actually did it himself! I remember sitting there and knowing he was a star, and here we are just a few years later down the road and he is a star. So, That has to be, by far, my most memorable experience of fashion week because it was truly my friend evolving. He used to intern for Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford. They were there. That's how much they loved him. After that, he came out with his first line and all of the stores, like Saks, picked up his stuff! He's just absolutely killing it.
How do you like to decorate your home?
My house is superwarm and inviting, but at the same time, it takes your breath away whenever you walk in. My living room has this elegance that is beyond my young years. All my furniture is by Marge Carson, except for one. She is a sexy designer.
As an avid traveler, what's your No. 1 piece of advice for women before boarding a plane?
Put your shades on and some lip gloss and call it a day! Let your skin breathe. It's really important to make sure you have a clean face and bottled water when you're flying because you will dry out in the air.
What is your skincare regimen like?
There is only one skincare philosophy that I give to people, and that's to stay out of the sun. I wear a lot of sunscreen and I stay away from the sun. I do sunless tanning only and that is really my only beauty secret. I don't think that it's about a personal brand of cosmetics or a personal line or skincare. I think it's more about staying out of the sun and moisturizing. The sunscreen I use is this stuff called Blue Lizard from Australia—it's the strongest.
What items in your closet would you never part with?
I would probably never throw away my shoes. I'm not a hoarder, but I don't throw anything memorable away. I have every corsage from prom, and every outfit I ever wore on the first day and last day of school. They are labeled in these clear cases and stacked in a storage company by my parents house. I can remember the first thing I wore on any memorable day in my life.
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