This season, the mom of Harlow and Sparrow, is a designer mentor on Fashion Star, and she just launched her third fashion line, the Nicole Richie Collection, on QVC. Her hairstylist and dear friend for more than 10 years, Andy Lecompte, styled her hair for Glamour’s June beauty story.
And check out what Nicole shared with Glamour in the interview below:
GLAMOUR: Your waves today looked gorgeous. But that’s with pro help. How do you get that look at home?
NICOLE RICHIE: I have naturally curly hair, so “natural” beach waves are not so natural for me. I like to braid my hair at night and then let it out the next day. And I also curl my hair with a flatiron. I actually think I’m the best hairstylist on the planet.
GLAMOUR: Are you serious?
NR: Yes, I’m very serious. I’m mixed, and it’s work to do my hair, so I learned how to do it well myself. I would be a hairstylist. I actually like to go to the salon and blow out people’s hair.
ANDY LECOMPTE: She teaches us what to do.
GLAMOUR: That is so funny. Do people tip you?
NR: No one tips me. [Laughs.] Or pays. That’s the next step.
GLAMOUR: Does Joel [Madden, Richie’s husband] notice when you change your hair?
NR: Joel noticed this Valentine’s Day that I had bangs. He looked at me and was like, “You got bangs, I see.” I was like, “I’ve had bangs since I was 22 years old!” [Laughs.]
GLAMOUR: Joel once tweeted, “What’s your favorite app?” And you replied, “The How to Make Your Husband Go Out So You Can Watch Reality TV in Peace app.” Hilarious.
NR: You know, Joel barely speaks all day, and then out of nowhere he has 9 million things to say, only for 30 minutes, from 9:00 to 9:30 P.M., when I’m watching Real Housewives.
GLAMOUR: You also tweeted, “My rap career is on the rise.”
NR: It is! Just wait and see. I’m the best! Actually, I cannot rhyme cat without going to rhymezone.com. I’m so bad at it!
GLAMOUR: You went through a period where you were super thin and everyone was commenting on it. Now you have two kids and look awesome. How do you feel about your body?
NR: I feel [gets all fake dramatic]…great about my body. [Laughs.] You know, aesthetically I can be picky, but I choose not to. I’ve taken huge leaps. I’m proud of that. I work out, and I get lots of sleep, and so I feel great. And that is most important.
GLAMOUR: We like to think of you as a trendsetter. Do you think of yourself that way?
NR: No! [Laughs.] My world is small. I have my circle of 10 friends, my kids, my family. None of them call me a trendsetter.
GLAMOUR: Now you’ve got the Nicole Richie Collection on QVC. Any advice for women starting their own business?
NR: Study your craft. Know it well before you jump in. I wait all the time. Because I don’t want to just put my name on something and then release it. What’s the point of that?
GLAMOUR: What’s your absolute favorite moment in every day?
NR: When I wake up at 5:30 A.M. and it’s still dark out. I love, love being alone. It helps me to be a better mom to my kids and a better person at work.