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BY JILL SIERACKI
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Molly Sims is in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And at the Launch My Line premiere in New York City. And the Hope for Haiti Now telethon in Los Angeles. And a charity run in Santa Monica….
It’s been almost two years since her splashy NBC series Las Vegas wrapped, but Sims has hardly been sitting on the Hollywood sidelines. Instead, she’s signed on to star in next year’s independent drama Hickory Nation; traveled around the globe as an ambassador for Five & Alive, Population Services International’s (PSI) program targeted at saving young children and their families; and launched her own jewelry line, Grayce by Molly Sims. “I don’t wait to be inspired,” says Sims. “You make time, you organize, you do priorities, you have a plan and there you go.”
And go she does. Sims recently expanded Grayce into a two-part collection—the first launched on HSN last fall, while Grayce The Collection hit shelves at Henri Bendel, Ron Herman and Scoop (including The Forum Shops at Caesars location) this past spring.
“It’s the first time in my life that I’ve used everything [I am],” she says. “I used my years of modeling, I used my experience living in seven other countries, photography and my family. It’s interesting to have been in a process where you see the beginning, middle and end. And it’s great to be your own entrepreneur.”
Entrepreneur is just one of the many hats the 36-year-old Kentucky native is currently wearing. Here, a look at the many sides of Molly Sims.
LEFT IMAGE: Clockwise from top left: Another of Sims’ inspiration boards; a stretch cuff, necklace and crystal cushion ring from Grayce The Collection; Sims’ LA home is a fun mix of colors, patterns and textures. RIGHT IMAGE: From revamping an interior to creating a new collection, Sims looks to her inspiration boards as a guide. “These are just things I love and things I collect,” she says. “Whether it’s woods or fabrics, they go on this board, and somewhere along the way I’ll pull it out and be like, I like this color. But I’m always creating.” ABOVE: Satin tank, Elise Øverland. Visit eliseoverland.com. Suede shorts, Chloé. The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-266-8122. Necklaces and ring, Grayce by Molly Sims. Visit hsn.com.
“I’ve always had a love of jewelry because of my mom—it’s been her passion for the past 20 years, and her passion became my passion,” says Sims, who’s been touted for her ability to accessorize since bursting into the limelight as the host of MTV’s House of Style. “I’ve never thought that beauty depends on price. I collect beautiful things, and that can be high-end, middle-end and low-end. And I wanted [Grayce] to reflect who I am.”
However, who she is proved to be harder to pin down than Sims originally thought. “My style is four different things,” she explains.
“We call them the Grayce girls—one’s the all-American, jeans, white T-shirt, Ralph Lauren; one’s a fashionista, very city chic. And then you have the bohemian girl—that’s your Jane Birkin, your surfer meets your artist. And your glamour girl, which is your classic black dress, your Hollywood starlet, your Grace Kelly.”
Hence, the Grayce collections range from layering necklaces in vintage-looking metals and classic pearls to crystal cuffs, earrings and cocktail rings in a kaleidoscope of colors. “It’s the first time I put my name on anything,” says Sims. “I want people to love my stuff the way I love my mom’s stuff.”
Sims’ creative side reaches much further than her collection of baubles; it stretches from a country cottage with modern accents in Wainscott, New York, to a French-designed pied-à-terre in Manhattan. A self-confessed real estate buff, Sims is quick to advocate buy, buy, buy—but buy smartly. “A lot of girls spend their money on clothes,” she says. “I saved my money and paid my mortgages.”
Her most constant project is her Spanish-style home in the Hollywood Hills. “I’ll do it and redo it, and then I’ll redo it again,” she says. “I kind of left a relationship, so I gave the house a little bit of a face-lift.”
But to Sims, each of her homes is more than a collection of eclectic accents—it’s a timeline of her life. “Real estate makes me dream,” she explains. “Different houses reflect who you are, where you are, at what time in your life. What’s good for me now wouldn’t have been good for me 10 years ago. But I love finding great deals and really learning about [real estate], because I do think it’s an art. You always have to look for location, location, location. And you have to think about resale. Don’t just buy to flip, or else you know what you’re going to get? You’re going to get screwed.”
The Birthday Girl
Even the most ardent actress/designer/humanitarian needs to take a day for herself, and for Molly Sims May 25 just may be the day. Yet exactly how she’ll be celebrating her birthday remains to be determined. “I have a feeling it’s going to be a good birthday this year,” she says. “Normally I’m in the Hamptons, but I was there last year. I just did a girls’ trip to Cabo San Lucas, and it was like freakin’ Suzy Sorority House. It’s good when you’re just like, Screw it, I’m going to have some fun.”
The other passion in Sims’ life is the many children’s charities to which she dedicates her time and energy. Since 2006 she’s served as a spokesperson for Friends of El Faro, which supports the children of Casa Hogar Sion in Tijuana, Mexico. This past year she became the newest ambassador for Five & Alive, and she’s been an ardent advocate for Haitian relief efforts.
And she’s more than happy to use her celebrity status to help get her message across. “[George] Clooney and I were talking about it [at the Hope for Haiti Now telethon],” says Sims. “We were like, It sucks that people say shit about you, but look what you can do. We raised more than $57 million, and that’s the power of celebrity. It’s not all bad, you know?”
It was with PSI that Sims visited Haiti last October. “We opened a youth center in Port-au-Prince and we interviewed rescued child slaves and commercial sex workers,” she says of her work before the country’s devastating earthquake this past January. “It was one of the most terrific experiences of my life, and now everything is gone.”
However, she promises to continue her effort with the humanitarian group and return to Haiti. “The one thing I can tell you about the Haitian people is they are resilient,” she explains. “I always say to people, when you help someone, it doesn’t matter if it’s a dollar, if it’s five minutes of your time—you benefit just as much or more than the person you’re helping. That’s why at one point I will adopt. Because I know I can change someone’s life, and they’ll change my life in the process.”
ABOVE RIGHT: Satin harem jumpsuit, Dior. Via Bellagio, 702-731-1334. Necklaces,Grayce by Molly Sims. Visit hsn.com. Bracelets, Roberto Coin. Visitrobertocoin.com. Shoes, Chloé. The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-266-8122
STYLING BY BRAD GORESKI FOR RACHEL ZOE AT THE WALL
HAIR BY DAVY NEWKIRK
MAKEUP BY MONIKA BLUNDER FOR THE WALL GROUP
MANICURE BY CHRISTINA AVILES AT OPUSBEAUTY.COM