It’s one thing to be a model, it’s quite another to become a standard bearer within the industry. More than any other model in recent memory, Hilary Rhoda has served as a representation of All-American luxury. The Chevy Chase, Maryland born star was blessed with the kind of innate allure that conjures images of country club weekends and the glamour of the good life. The moment she hit the catwalks in 2005 the whole world was hooked – designers from Marc Jacobs to Nicolas Ghesquière were instantly taken by Hilary’s beauty and budding star power. Photographers followed suit with high profile names like Steven Meisel, Inez & Vinoodh and Mario Sorrenti clamoring to photograph the expressive beauty. With her trademark brows and grace in front of the camera a major cosmetics contract was inevitable and in 2007 she signed on as global face of beauty giant Estee Lauder.
The in front of the camera work is only the beginning of the story. Rhoda’s distinguished herself off the catwalks via her tireless charity work with organizations like New Yorker’s for Children, Make A Wish and Lollipop Theater, all of which strive to provide support and aid to children in need of it. Broadening her repertoire with hosting gigs – including Vogue’s epic Met Gala – showcases another side to Hilary’s talents and provides a glimpse at the eloquent, intelligent young woman behind the high gloss images. With a career that continues to soar to new heights and a host of personal victories on the horizon, Hilary truly has come into her own as an icon.
Photography and film by Santiago & Mauricio Sierra (Cadence New York)
Styled by Elizabeth Sulcer
Creative Direction Stephan Moskovic
Produced by Cesar Leon
Director of photography Matthew Schroeder
Make up by Serge Hodonou
Hair by Thomas Dunkin
Manicurist Dawn Sterling
Music by S&M LAB, Freesound.org
Written by Janelle Okwodu for Models.com
Digital tech Dallas Raines at Industrial Color
CGI Franco Barroeta
Production Manager Sylvia Zakhary at Cadence NY
Special thanks to Fast Ashleys Studios, Industrial Color, & Velem.