Chopra shifts focus in ‘Wendy’ interview

Who someone’s dating should never outshine the things they’ve achieved — that’s what Priyanka Chopra implied in an interview on The Wendy Williams Show this week.

According to Marie Clairethe Quantico and Baywatch star used her time on Williams’ purple couch to remind the morning talk show host that dating someone doesn’t overshadow their accomplishments, even when that person is dating a royal. When Williams asked Chopra about friend Meghan Markle (who is dating Prince Harry), Williams referred to Markle as “Prince Harry’s girlfriend,” says Marie Claire. 

Chopra responded to the reference by reciting her friend’s resume: “Also Meghan Markle, actress, Suits, her achievements,” she said.

Here’s to maintaining an identity beyond a relationship!

Nicole’s Favorites: Summer Reading Edition

Have you every read a book where, once you’ve finished it, you feel like you’ve just left a conversation with a good friend?

This is exactly how I felt upon completing The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). A compilation of essays about her childhood years, her friendships past and present and her rise to stardom (among other things), it felt like when I sat down to read the book, I was also sitting down for a long chat with Kaling.

Reading this funny, honest and relatable text felt as if I had asked Kaling only three questions — ‘What was your childhood like?’ ‘How did you get to your current career status? and ‘Tell me your thoughts on anything you’d like.’ — and what poured forth was the transcript from our conversation. I tried my best to read it as slowly as possible, attempting to savor every word, but her stories kept me wanting more, leaving me no choice but to plow through the text in a few short days. My only solace is that her next book, Why Not Me?, will be released in September.

But after I finally finished the book, it got me thinking. Since it felt like I had just sat down to talk with Kaling for a few days, I started to think of all the people I would love to sit down and talk with — I guess when you’re studying to be a journalist, your idea of a good time is making list of all the people you’d want to interview in your career!

So I decided to sit down and craft a list of all the successful women I look up to that I’d want to interview in my lifetime, which turned out to be a much longer list than I anticipated! It had everyone from chefs like Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli to journalists like Tamron Hall and Katie Couric. Of course, I can’t forget about the successful guys of the world who have influenced me, so they occupied a separate list, which was topped by people like Tim Gunn, Clinton Kelly and Steve Harvey.

But instead of just reprinting my long lists here for you to read, I thought it would be fun to create a top five list (*spoiler alert: there are really six on the list, since there’s a tie!*) of the people I’d most want to interview. Although compiling this list was difficult since there are so many people I’d love to get the chance to talk with, I narrowed it down to these specific people based on how much I relate to them and their stories, as well as how much I look up to them and admire their work. So, without further ado, the list of people I’d most want to interview:

5. Barbara Walters – To me, Barbara Walters is the definition of a world-class journalist. She was never afraid to ask difficult questions, and she did so with the utmost poise and respect. What’s more is that Walters has pretty much interviewed every politician, musician and general newsmaker known to man. She is, essentially, the human embodiment of the type of career every aspiring journalist dreams about; she is proof that it is possible to be both a bold and beloved journalist.

4. Wendy Williams – As the host of her own daily talk show, Wendy Williams has the gift of delivering daily pop culture headlines to her audience with a humor and honesty that is unmatched. Her easy, conversational tone with her audience (a.k.a her “co-hosts”) makes every show seem like you’re sitting down for your morning coffee with your best girlfriend, earning her the status of one of TV’s most beloved talk show hosts.

3. Oprah – Oprah Winfrey is the epitome of an inspirational woman. She not only has had a long career as talk show host, she also ventured off to spearhead her own television network. She has overcome many hardships to get to her current position in life, and to me, she is living proof that anything is possible not only if you believe in yourself, but also if you are willing to work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life.

2. Arianna Huffington – Arianna Huffington is the reason why I started my own website; seeing her success inspired me to take a chance on doing what I love. Seeing the growth of The Huffington Post, along with the growth of Huffington’s own career, fuels me each and every day to become the best journalist I possibly can be.

Now, here’s where things get interesting — there is absolutely no way I can decide who is the number one person I would give anything to interview, so I have to declare a tie. So, in no particular order, here are the number one people I would love to interview:

Mindy Kaling – Kaling is not only the star of her own show, but she also created the show and serves as a writer and producer for the show. And what astounds me is that she reached her current status by creating her own opportunities — she wrote a play with her best friend (Matt & Ben) that drew attention to her talents, and the rest, as they say, is history. To me, Kaling is a master of harnessing own destiny in order to create the life she desires — and there’s nothing more inspirational than that.

Stacy London – I have admired Stacy London since I was a poorly dressed, fashion-illiterate 12 year old, and she inspired me to take ownership of my style and create an accurate outward projection of my inner self (to read more about my style journey, check out my post on Medium). Since then, London has continued to be a significant influence in my life, showing me that it is possible to make a career out of doing what you love. She has carved out a space in the fashion world as the stylist with a big heart, teaching women (and men) to love themselves for who they are.

So there you have it — the top *six* people I would love to interview most. Although I have yet to officially begin a career in journalism, I can only hope that my career will be graced by interviews with these lovely ladies, as well as all the others on my long lists.

That’s all for now!

XO,

Nicole

New Yorker of the Year

From June 22 to June 23, the New York State Broadcasters Association is hosting its 53rd Summer Conference at the Conrad Hotel in New York. And this year, one of THL’s favorite media moguls will be honored at the conference — Wendy Williams.

Wendy Williams is set to receive the New Yorker of the Year Award tonight at the conference’s Excellence in Broadcasting Awards Dinner. According to the New York State Broadcasters Association’s brochure for the event, Williams is being honored alongside famed radio personality Elvis Duran (of Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show), who is receiving the Broadcaster of the Year Award, and longtime Today show weatherman Al Roker, who is being inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Photo credit wendyshow.com. Wendy Williams of the Wendy Williams Show.

Photo credit wendyshow.com. Wendy Williams of The Wendy Williams Show.

Williams is the host of The Wendy Williams Show, which is now in its sixth season and airs in 52 countries, according to the show’s website. Prior to hosting her own syndicated talk show famous for its daily hot topics segment, Williams’s bio boasts a long radio career, working in the industry for 23 years and hosting her own daily talk show called The Wendy Williams Experience.

A well-deserved award for an incredibly accomplished and talented woman! Congratulations, Wendy!

Wendy Williams is the host of The Wendy Williams Show, which airs

She Leads, You Follow: Wendy Williams Clothing Line

If you love Wendy Williams as much as THL does, you will want to pay attention!

Earlier this year, everyone’s favorite TV hostess released her first self-titled clothing line on HSN. Although the collection only has a total of 36 items so far, each piece is reminiscent of Williams’ own to-die-for style. And what’s more: every single piece is under $90, making her effortless-chic style accessible to all. Here are just a few of our favorite pieces:

This gorgeous wrap dress was clearly crafted after Williams’ own style, as she often wears wrap dresses on her show. What is so great about this specific wrap dress is that it has a v-neck that is opens up the neckline, but is still modest enough to provide coverage. The tie on the wrap dress also cinches right at the natural waistline, creating a nice narrow waist. This dress is available on HSN.com in pink (shown), classic blue, black and navy for only $59.90.

Screenshot of Wendy Williams' Wrap Dress found on HSN.com

Screenshot of Wendy Williams’ Wrap Dress found on HSN.com

Another great wardrobe essential from the Wendy Williams collection is this tie-front shirt. This shirt is a perfect piece to wear with more girly pieces (like the floral skirt it’s styled with that is also part of Williams’ collection!) or to wear with your favorite pair of white skinny jeans. This shirt ties right at the top of the hip, making the perfect length to provide coverage while also keeping your legline long and your waist cinched! This top comes in chambray (shown), pink and white and is available for $49.90.

Screenshot of Wendy Williams' tie front shirt, found on HSN.com

Screenshot of Wendy Williams’ tie front shirt found on HSN.com

Every woman needs a great pencil skirt in their wardrobe, and this one certainly fits the bill. This piped pencil skirt starts right at the natural waistline and stops at the top of the knee, accentuating all of your best assets along the way! This chic black and white option is right on trend and would look great paired with a bright blouse or a casual top (ahem, Williams’ tie-front top in chambray would be a good choice!). This gorgeous pencil skirt comes in 2 other colors in addition to the black and white option, including an all-black option and a turquoise skirt with black piping. And to make it even better, it’s on sale right now for $49.90.

Screenshot of Wendy Williams' Pencil Skirt with Piping Detail found on HSN.com

Screenshot of Wendy Williams’ Pencil Skirt with Piping Detail found on HSN.com

We all know how hard it is to find a well-fitting jumpsuit, but Wendy Williams solved that problem for us! Not only did she give us a great-fitting jumpsuit, she also gave it to us in a wrap style, and we all know how flattering a wrap-style anything is! Once again, the wrap style offers a modest v-neck and a cinched waistline to play up our natural curves. What is also great about this jumpsuit is that the legs of the jumpsuit are not sewn in a ‘skinny pant’ style; instead, they are sewn in a straight-leg style, with the material falling from the hip straight down to your ankle, which is universally flattering. This jumpsuit is available in cobalt (shown), black, red, snow leopard and tan leopard and is only $79.90.

Screenshot of Wendy Williams' Wrap Style Jumpsuit found on HSN.com

Screenshot of Wendy Williams’ Wrap Style Jumpsuit found on HSN.com

There are so many other great pieces that are part of Wendy Williams’ collection, so it was difficult to pick only four to profile! But all the pieces in her collection are equal parts body-conscious and budget friendly. And if that isn’t enough of an incentive to go purchase one of her fabulous pieces, there’s more: many of her pieces are available on what HSN calls “FlexPay,” which allows you to pay for your purchase in installments, making it just a little more affordable.

So if you love Wendy Williams and you love her style, try out a piece from her collection. And of course, send us a little “How you doin’?!” and let us know how much you love it!