Who Am I ?
An Introduction to DEVORAH ROSE
1: Who am I?
A dreamer, the Editor in Chief of Social Life Magazine, occasional model, reality star, and proud mother of a teacup poodle.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
At parties, I doodle inventions on napkins. At home, I underline sentences in books. At photo shoots, sometimes I’m behind the camera, other times in front of it. I don’t like rules and I hate stereotypical social roles. I believe that anyone can be anything and if you believe, see, and work towards your goals – the world is yours. Right now, I’m the face of two incredible clothing lines – Priscilla Jade and Betsy Moss. I am also gearing up for an exciting summer with Social Life Magazine. I have truly enjoyed working with incredible talent and I can’t wait to see them in the Hamptons this summer, celebrating their covers.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
My mother is Venezuelan and my father is Guatemalan. My life has always been influenced by the calor Latino and America’s rugged individualism. As far as where I’m going, I want to go everywhere and see everything. I’m voracious and nothing ever feels like enough. I want it all.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My mother and the women in my family are my inspiration – their quiet strength, absolute grace, and unwavering kindness truly inspires me. Of course there are several historical figures that I draw inspiration from – Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, and Shakespeare. Entrepreneurs – Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest, Steve Jobs, Sean Parker, and Mark Zuckerberg. Environmentalists – Leonardo DiCaprio and Dian Fossey. Fashion houses – Balmain and Chanel. New Yorkers – Michael Cress of N.Y. Sartorialist and my best friends Liam McMullan and Aesha Waks. My guiding light – JPF.
5: What book is your bible?
The only thing that helps guide my life is my guts. I’m a very instinct-driven person. At the same time, I’m also someone who needs a lot of mental stimulation, so I really enjoy brilliant writing that plays with words or with the reader – whether it’s a turn of events that I didn’t foresee, or a new permutation of emotions that allows me to discover a new feeling. xI always crave a masterful writer that is going to take me on a journey. Lolita and, in fact, all of Nabokov’s work is absolutely breathtaking. Joyce Carol Oates’ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been. Sam Lipsyte’s Venus Drive. White Oleander is a book soaked in passion, angst, and loneliness – a need to belong to a person or a place, which is a feeling I definitely appreciate.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love heavy metal, leather pants, Almodovar films, vanilla ice cream with jimmies, women with pasts, men with futures, Dr. Seuss, Barbie dolls, subversive photography, and Lisbeth Salander. When it comes to hate – superficial and fake individuals are the worst. I’m someone who is extremely real. Nothing impresses me but an individual’s personal truth – their own interests, voice, and experiences. Don’t try to be something that you aren’t. Doesn’t everyone have that kindergarten teacher that says, “we’re all unique like snowflakes.” I guess, I just want people to own their snowflake.
7: What is your raison d’être?
The only reason to live is to be able to feel the highest emotions – courage, hope, pride, satisfaction, trust, and empathy. But I would have to say that the meaning of life is love. There is nothing more disarming or beautiful than love – whether it’s for a person, a cause, or an ideal. Desire is its roots, passion the bark, and selflessness it’s branches reaching for the sky.
8: What is your favorite color?
The non-existent blue rose petal.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Hands down, Morrigan Aensland. I love that she looks evil but is, in fact, good. Like Morrigan, I think compelling individuals are made up of characteristics that can, at first, seem to conflict. For example, a girl can be innocent and sweet but perhaps she is a black belt; or a super-nerd who happens to be sexy. I’ve always enjoyed qualities in people that rub against each other in non-traditional ways.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11: What turns you on?
Too many things to list. I always move towards objects, people, and situations that excite me. I love being turned on. It’s a craving that I feel on a consistent basis.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What is God?
Originally hailing from Venezuela, Devorah Rose is a girl who entered kindergarten in the United States not knowing a word of English, yet went on to work towards Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from an Ivy League university in the study and writing of English-language literature. The daughter of a French-Venezuelan mother and a Guatemalan father, Devorah was taught to appreciate and respect human differences, a broad spectrum of cultures, and the magic of languages.
At an early age, she earned the opportunity to lead Social Life Magazine as Editor-in-Chief. She worked tirelessly to improve Social Life, spearheading a redesign that has been described as “classic,” “insightful,” and “provocative”. During her young career, Devorah has worked with cover-stars including Kim Kardashian, Kellan Lutz, Lydia Hearst, Ciara, Rachel Hunter, Whitney Port, Alexandra Richards, and Dylan Lauren, to name a few.
In addition to her work at Social Life, Devorah has gained notoriety for her appearances on television shows such as The Real Housewives of New York City, NYC Prep, The Fashionista Diaries, MTV’s MADE, and the CW’s High Society. Devorah looks forward to continuing her work across all forms of media – but these are just some of her many American Dreams.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Clint Spaulding for PatrickMcMullan.com
Design by Jillian Mercado
Special Thanks to Aesha Waks
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Devorah Rose at LEGENDS 2010: A Pratt Institute Scholarship Benefit, 7 World Trade, NYC, October 20, 2010, Photography by Clint Spaulding for PatrickMcMullan.com