Olivia Palermo

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Olivia Palermo
Oliva Palermo - Flickr - nick step.jpg
Palermo in 2010
Born (1986-02-18) February 18, 1986 (age 37)
Alma materThe New School
  • Fashion influencer
  • entrepreneur
(m. 2014)
Websitewww.oliviapalermo.com Edit this at Wikidata

Olivia Palermo (born February 28, 1986) is an American socialite, fashion influencer, entrepreneur, model and television personality.[1][2][3][4][5] Palermo gained celebrity status when she sued socialiterank.com for releasing a letter that was proven to be false. It made a news story on New York Magazine on May 4, 2007.[6]

Early life[edit]

Olivia Palermo was born on February 28, 1986, in New York City and grew up on the Upper East Side and in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her father is a real estate developer and her mother is an interior designer. She has a younger brother, Grant.[7] Palermo attended elementary school at Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan and high school at the St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut. She attended the American University of Paris and The New School.[8] She is of Italian descent. Palermo grew up with a learning disability.[9] Palermo interned at Quest magazine.[6] Photographer Patrick McMullan spotted her at an auction, then took pictures of her about town. Palermo began taking part in the charity event circuit in New York, becoming a member of the Friends Committee of New Yorkers For Children and joining the committee of Operation Smile.[6][10]


Palermo began her career as part of MTV's television show, The City.[11] The series aired for two seasons from 2008 until 2010, and focused on the personal and professional lives of several young women residing in New York City.[12] As part of the show, Palermo worked for Diane von Fürstenberg and later in the accessories department for Elle magazine.[13]

In 2009, Palermo signed with the talent agency Wilhelmina International Inc. to focus full-time on development of her brand.[14] She became a guest editor for the Gap's now-defunct Piperlime.com in 2011 and appeared as a guest judge on Project Runway Season 9.[15][16] In 2010, Palermo modeled for the Autumn/Winter campaigns by Mango and Hogan.[17][18] In October 2011, Palermo launched her personal website, which consists of editorial content about fashion, beauty and lifestyle written by full-time writers and contributing editors.[19] She also appeared as a guest judge on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model Season 7.[20] Later in 2012, the New York Post named Palermo as the best dressed New Yorker of Page Six.[21][22] Palermo appeared on the August 2018 cover of Glamour Mexico and has shot editorials for magazines, including Grazia Australia and ¡Hola! Fashion Magazine.[23][24][25] She was also on the cover of Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Elle, Flare, Marie Claire, Arcadia, Lucky, Brides, Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, Tatler and Stella.[26] Palermo has been the face of mid-range brands such as Aerin, Max&Co, and Banana Republic.[9]

Co-branded partnerships[edit]

In 2010, Palermo launched a co-branded, limited jewelry collection with Roberta Freymann and became the face of the Mediterraneo collection by Spanish jewelry brand Carrera y Carrera.[27][28] In August 2011, Palermo was invited by Stuart Weitzman to design a shoe for charity.[29] Later in 2014, she designed a line of sunglasses for American brand Westward Leaning, and a percentage of each sale went to support the Association for Development, Alternative Commerce, and Micro Credits's Masaai Project.[30][31] Also in 2014, Palermo collaborated with Italian shoe label Aquazzura on a line of footwear.[32]

Palermo at Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter, 2019

In 2015, Palermo collaborated on collections with luxury leather and accessories brand Aspinal of London, the American jewelry and accessories brand Baublebar, and makeup company Ciaté London.[33][34][35] Palermo's collaboration with Ciaté featured a line of makeup and nail polish, including a shade of red inspired by her mother. She went on to partner with Nordstrom on a fashion line in 2016 and with Banana Republic in 2017.[36][37] In 2017, Palermo worked with accessory brand Meli Melo on a collection title, Severine. The London brand, known for their high-quality materials and craftsmanship, collaborated with Palermo to create a modern spin on a bucket bag. The bag, which came in five different shades, was modeled after the sculptural works of late architect and artist, Max Bill.[38]

Brand ambassadorships[edit]

Palermo was named the brand ambassador of the 2013 and 2014 Maasai Project for Pikolinos.[39] In September 2016, Banana Republic announced Palermo as the brand's first Women's Global Style Ambassador through 2017.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Palermo married German model Johannes Huebl on June 28, 2014.[40]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008–10 The City Herself 35 episodes
2011 Britain's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "Episode #7.10"
2011 Project Runway Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "Sew '70s"
2011 The Smurfs Party Guest Film


  1. ^ Rose, Hilary (December 3, 2016). "Olivia Palermo: the ultimate social-media influencer". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Diderich, Joelle (February 13, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: Karl Lagerfeld Taps Olivia Palermo to Style Fall Looks". WWD. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Watch: Olivia Palermo Shares Her Best Fall Fashion Hacks - Video Flare". www.flare.com. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Mulkerrins, Jane (March 23, 2017). "How Olivia Palermo can sell out clothes in minutes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Olivia Palermo on her struggle growing up with a learning disability". Evening Standard. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Wilner, Isaiah (May 7, 2007), "The Number-One Girl", New York Magazine, retrieved November 4, 2009
  7. ^ Kurutz, Steven (January 14, 2020). "Olivia Palermo got a lot out of that internship". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "Olivia Palermo On Building a Brand". Observer. February 11, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Brady, Sasha (May 4, 2017). "Olivia Palermo: 'Everything was harder for me because I grew up with a learning disability'". The Independent. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Jones, Dolly (February 10, 2010). "Olivia Palermo biography (Vogue.com UK)". Vogue.co.uk. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  11. ^ "Olivia Palermo Reveals What The Cameras DIDN'T Show On 'The City'". MTV News. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "'The City' canceled? Whitney Port tells Ryan Seacrest it's over". EW.com. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "'The City': Olivia Palermo says she's 'disappointed' being the villain". LA Times Blogs - Show Tracker. March 10, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  14. ^ Jessen, Monique (June 23, 2009), Olivia Palermo Joins Wilhelmina Modeling Agency!, Time Inc., retrieved November 5, 2009
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Piperlime Guest Editor Olivia Palermo Shares Her Spring Must-Haves". Who What Wear. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Spirko, Craig (September 29, 2011), Sew '70s, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors, retrieved May 16, 2018
  17. ^ Odell, Amy (February 29, 2012). "Olivia Palermo and Her Boyfriend to Star Alongside Scarlett Johansson As the Faces of Mango – The Cut". Nymag.com. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  18. ^ "Photo: See Olivia Palermo Model For Hogan!". Style.mtv.com. August 23, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  19. ^ "Olivia Palermo". ExposedZippers. October 17, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  20. ^ Episode #7.10, Elle Macpherson, Fearne Cotton, Julien MacDonald Adler, September 5, 2011, retrieved May 16, 2018{{citation}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  21. ^ "Flashback 2012: Olivia Palermo Named Page Six’s Best Dressed New Yorker | Oregon Prep & Liberal." Oregon Prep & Liberal. Web. Feb 8, 2014.
  22. ^ "Olivia Palermo dolls it up - New York Post." YouTube. Web. Feb 8, 2014.
  23. ^ "Olivia for Grazia Australia | Olivia Palermo". oliviapalermo.com. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  24. ^ "BTS: Olivia x ¡Hola! Fashion Magazine | Olivia Palermo". oliviapalermo.com. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "Olivia for GLAMOUR Mexico | Olivia Palermo". oliviapalermo.com. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  26. ^ Martins, Marta (April 30, 2015). "The Olivia Palermo Lookbook : Olivia Palermo Magazine Covers". The Olivia Palermo Lookbook. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  27. ^ "Roberta By Olivia Palermo's Bib Necklaces Are Now Available On Matches". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  28. ^ "Lady Gaga – Olivia Palermo – Carrera y Carrera : InStyle.com What's Right Now". News.instyle.com. July 29, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  29. ^ Alexander, Ella (August 17, 2011). "Palermo Designs". www.vogue.co.uk. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  30. ^ "Olivia Palermo Designs Collection for Westward Leaning Sunglasses". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  31. ^ Pikolinos: Maasai. Maasai.pikolinos.com. Retrieved on December 30, 2013.
  32. ^ Kilcooley-O'Halloran, Scarlett. "Palermo Turns Shoe Designer". Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  33. ^ "Olivia Palermo Adds Handbag Designer to Her Resume". ELLE. March 31, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  34. ^ "Exclusive: See Olivia Palermo's Full BaubleBar Collection". ELLE. September 29, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  35. ^ "Exclusive: First Look at the Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Makeup Collection". Harper's BAZAAR. August 11, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  36. ^ "Nordstrom Launches Exclusive 'Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28' Collection - Press Room - Nordstrom.com". press.nordstrom.com. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  37. ^ a b Banana Republic Announces Olivia Palermo As Global Style Ambassador Press Release - Gap Inc.; September 9, 2016
  38. ^ "Olivia Palermo x Meli Melo Collection | Olivia Palermo". oliviapalermo.com. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  39. ^ Boyd, Sarah. "Stylish Sips With Style Icon Olivia Palermo". Forbes. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  40. ^ "Olivia Palermo marries Johannes Huebl, rocks shorts on her big day". Los Angeles Times. June 30, 2014.

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