I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Elizabeth Hurley last week, where she hosted a private luncheon at Bloomingdales, Short Hills in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For over 20 years, Elizabeth has travelled the world with The Estee Lauder Companies spreading important messages about breast health and lifesaving breast cancer research. During our interview, Elizabeth gave some wonderful insight into how she got involved in the campaign, how the BELLA readers at home can make a difference, and how she defines and maintains her beauty from the inside out.
You’re very involved in amazing charities, which is truly wonderful. What makes you so passionate about breast cancer and spreading the word?
Well, I’ve been raising funds for breast cancer for over twenty years now. The late Evelyn Lauder, who formed the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the BCA campaign, asked me to get involved and it really resonated with me because I had recently lost my grandmother to breast cancer and she said to me at that time that women were dying all over the world from breast cancer and nobody was talking about it. She was very inspired by the AIDS activists and the fantastic red ribbon campaign which got everybody talking about AIDS. She took inspiration from them and co-invented the pink ribbon with Alexandra Penney from SELF magazine in 1992, which is now the global symbol of hope.
What inspires you?
I was very inspired by Evelyn Lauder who we lost a year or two ago. She was a phenomenal leader. She had the most phenomenal energy and she gave so much. We travelled the world together: Australia, India, all through Europe and she just never stopped. She was tireless at fundraising. She was also such a kind and giving person. She was a wonderful human being and because of her the world is the way it is today, continuing her fight. She was a truly inspirational person.
How do you define beauty?
I think it’s a goodness of spirit shining out. I think when someone is nice, they truly glow.
What are some of the most important life lessons you’ve learned that would help others?
What is interesting is I’m raising my son at the moment, who is thirteen, so I find myself giving these pep talks. Ultimately, they will still take their chances and make their own mistakes, but I think it is important to try to encourage people to work hard continuously. That is what I’ve really learned; that you just have to keep on going. Getting up and doing it again. It’s resilience really. Resilience in spirit is what I’m trying to encourage in today’s world.
Do you have any beauty secrets? Since obviously you are known for your timeless beauty.
Oh that’s very nice of you! Well I’ve been very lucky; this is my twenty-first year with Estée Lauder. So I have nothing but the best products around. I was in my late twenties when I started working for them. I think it is looking after your skin. You need to look after your skin; not too much sun, using sun block and of course a good moisturizer. I think we are living in an environment that robs our skin of a lot. For me it’s hydration for the skin for the inside as well as the outside. Of course we all know we need to drink a lot of liquid, but I think when you use a good serum and moisturizer it’s the best thing you can do for your skin.
Fun Fact: Joan Collins, who plays my mother on The Royals and looks phenomenal at age 82, told me that downstairs in her cloakroom, she has an eye cream and a moisturizer. Every time she goes to the cloakroom she dabs on a little bit more. I’ve started to do that now and it’s fabulous! You don’t think to put eye cream on four or five times a day, but it’s great and it really works.
I am obsessed with your new show (The Royals, Sunday nights on E!) and can’t wait for season two; it must be fun playing the queen!
It’s fabulous, just last week we wrapped season two – which comes to America on Nov 15th. If you liked season one, you’re going to love season two! It’s just more of it, and then some. It’s a wild ride through the monarchy, a factitious monarchy. It’s outrageous but very fun.
For more information on Elizabeth’s work with breast cancer and how you can help, please visit: BCACampaign.com