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After appearing on the red carpet at a social event in Manhattan, Mortimer seems more interested in hanging with her friends than working the room to connect with power hitters, always with an eye out for the next photo op. Neither is she afraid to try something different and experiment with her look.
During the New Yorkers for Children Gala in the fall, Mortimer wanted to try a new look — a departure from her signature loose blonde curls and demure pink cheeks and lips. While a hairstylist and a makeup artist worked on her simultaneously, Mortimer advised them on every detail — from the length of the black eyeliner on her top lid to the blending of her eye shadow shades.
"I almost wanted to make myself feel a little uncomfortable," confided Mortimer. For the sake of change her hair was slicked back and pulled around to one side, while darker, more dramatic makeup was applied.
Reflecting on the change after the event, she said, "Overall I really liked it, but I definitely felt fidgety and I don't like feeling that way while I'm out."
Flexible she may be, but she certainly has her standards. In addition to being a fixture of New York Society, the 31-year-old blonde moonlights as Dior's U.S. Beauty Ambassador, attending cosmetics events on behalf of the company and consulting on its product lines.
"For me, Dior is synonymous with luxury," said Mortimer. "The Dior girl is someone who loves to get dressed up but isn't afraid to have fun. It felt like a good fit to me."
Mortimer feels comfortable in the role. After all, her first job after graduating from Columbia University was as an assistant in the beauty department at Vogue. What's more, Mortimer's mother starting giving her "beauty lessons" at a young age.
"I have a very Southern mother who loved her makeup and would remind me each time I left the house to have my lip gloss on, and she started reminding me when I was in fourth grade," recalled Mortimer, who was raised in Richmond.