Valletta makes a bucket list
“I was totally gutted,” Valletta says with a laugh. “Arthur Elgort [the photographer] was smoking his pipe and said, worry, darling. I shoot some beauty on you. And he did. I ended up getting a Vogue cover on my first sitting. Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags From that moment on, I never replica louis vuitton stopped working.”
Valletta, now 40, is still shooting covers. So far, she has had 16 American Vogue covers more than Shalom Harlow and Kate Moss combined and has appeared on the cover of dozens of other magazines, as well as being the face of Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Versace.
She has also forged a successful career as an actress, with more than 20 credits, including the film, Hitch (2005), and the television drama, Revenge (2011 2014). Recently, alongside Sean Bean, she started shooting the new series of Legends, a thriller developed by one of the producers behind Homeland and 24.
And, as if being a supermodel and actress were not enough, she also launched an online store, Master Muse, in September last year. It features designers who focus on “ethical consumerism”.
Valletta says, “As a woman who loves fashion, but wanted to buy things that were responsibly made, I know that there was nowhere to do it… Eventually, I like to start my own label, but I wanted to understand the business first.”
It is, she says, her most fulfilling role to date. “In acting and modelling, I am always part of someone else vision. I love having a little bit more control over my destiny.”
She arrives at the West Hollywood hotel where our shoot is taking place wearing a vintage white aaa replica designer handbags , billowy shirt, vintage jeans and brown suede ankle boots from Yves Saint Laurent. She says that she doesn spend much on clothing. “I not really an excessive person. I rather spend more on other things, like my garden.”
Her face bears no trace of make up (at least, before the make up artist gets to her), but her distinctive replica louis vuitton bags pale green eyes and angular bone structure make her instantly striking.
At first, she is a little clipped and aloof, but she mellows as the day goes on. She is very much in control of what is happening around her, suggesting outfits and changes to her make up, but she is polite and friendly, calling replica louis vuitton bags from china everyone “honey” or “girlfriend”, and making a point of thanking each person individually, from the photographer assistant to the hair high quality replica handbags china stylist.
Throughout the day, she fuels herself on miniature bottles of ferocious sounding juice combinations, such as “ginger, lemon, cayenne and echinacea”.
Born in Arizona, Valletta grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and endured a rough childhood. Her parents separated when Amber was two and her mother battled to keep the family afloat. “My mom never gave up. She was broke enough to be taking food stamps, but she worked her ass off to keep us in school and to put food on the table.
“She waitressed, then started delivering mail for the post office and worked her way up into the corporate part of the post office.”
Valletta says that she draws much of her strength from her mother, who was a forceful activist, landing herself in jail on one occasion for protesting against a nuclear plant. “It was pretty scary hearing that your mom got put in jail but I saw what it meant to fight for something you believe in. My family is matriarchal. The women are definitely the rock of the family. We call my grandmother Queen Mary. I think it was just ingrained in me to be a strong woman.”
She spent weekends and holidays on her grandparents farm. “They bred horses, but nothing fancy. We had goats and peacocks, and a creek that ran through their farm, so we had snakes and fish and frogs. It was really, really fun. I feel blessed that I had such a great childhood with a really strong family.”
Yet, a few minutes later, she is talking about “letting go” of trauma in her childhood. “I forgiven both of my parents. They human beings and they tried the best that they could.”
She doesn specify where her mother went wrong, except to say, “She cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk made mistakes, she was young, and had two kids and no education, and was trying to make ends meet.”
When Amber was 15, her mother enrolled her in modelling classes and, at 17, she was offered a summer job modelling in Italy. “Looking back now, there a part of me that wishes I had taken one more year to be a kid at home.” As she rocketed on to the international modelling scene, Valletta says she often felt overwhelmed https://www.dolabuy.su/ , “So much was happening and, although I was street smart, I wasn worldly smart, I didn know anything about anything. I was terribly insecure. I hadn caught up to being a big supermodel.”
The first model who made a real impact on her was Carla Bruni. “She was a very gracious woman. The first time she saw me in a fashion Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica show, she came up and introduced herself. I remember a season or two later, after I hit my stride and was probably feeling a little bit big for my breeches, I walked into a room and didn say hello to her. She came over and said, be impolite and I really heard it.”
She remembers meeting Kate Moss for the first time when Harlow, who was living with Valletta, brought Moss around, “She was just this tiny little thing and nobody knew her. The three of us started running round together and then she hooked up with Christy and Naomi. There were pods of us we were like sorority sisters.
“We had a lot of fun. I can give you any details because we all sworn to secrecy. But what we did was ridiculous, the stuff you would do if you were in college like dressing up in cheap louis vuitton bags from china the middle of the night and knocking on people doors. Can you imagine opening your door, and Kate and Naomi and I are standing there in wigs and sweatshirts?”
She says that she became friends with all the supermodels of her day. “Christy, Naomi, Linda, Shalom and Kate were my fake designer bags crew. And Kirsty Hume and Stella Tennant, too Stella was hilarious. I remember she couldn walk in the Versace shoes… When I see Stella now it like seeing a sister, and the same with the other girls.”
But it wasn all fun. Valletta says she was susceptible to the many temptations of her new found world, particularly alcohol. But she doesn blame the industry per se. “Let me put it this way: I would have found it if I been in college, wherever I was, because that is part of who I am. I been clean and sober 15 years now. I was an all or nothing kind of girl and it was not working for me. I really believe I an addict through and through. It runs in my family.”
She thinks the negative connotations around addiction are unfair. “It is a real disease, like being allergic to sugar or to bee stings. And it still treated as something shameful. If you were strong enough, you would fix it. If you were strong enough, could you fix breast cancer? No. You have a fucking disease it a biochemical, physiological disease.”
Occasionally, she is still tempted, but never succumbs. “Every once in a while, I miss a glass of wine. And there are drinks that I never tried and I think, I should have tried that. But I so much better without it the risk I take if I have something is too big. I don know where it will lead me.”
A few years ago, she went into rehab, but for different reasons. “It was an internal house cleaning I needed to learn how to let go of the wreckage and live freely today.”
Valletta first marriage, at 20, was to the French male model replica designer handbags , aaa replica designer handbags Herve le Bihan, but the couple divorced two years later and she is now married to the Olympic volleyball player, Chip McCaw. She had bumped into him when she was home in Oklahoma visiting her mother. “We met in a store with our parents and they set us up on a date.”
Was she resistant? “No, I thought he was cute.” They have a 13 year old son, called Auden, who “towers over me at 5ft 11in”.
Turning 40 was not a big milestone for her. “It meant a lot more to everybody else around me. I didn want a big party, I just wanted to do 40 great things this year. So far, I learnt to replica louis vuitton surf properly. I rode a mechanical bull. I went to Austin with my son. I went to see Justin Timberlake…”.