–By Stacey Gualandi Photographed By Tim Hancock
When Eden Sassoon arrived for our cover photo shoot at
the Veer penthouse 37 floors above the Las Vegas Strip, wearing her famously blonde locks piled high, an adorable one-piece pink romper, and a smile from ear to ear, you would never know the Beverly Hills-based businesswoman had just survived season seven of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, relatively unscathed. The experience she says was “just a moment in my journey.” Now, the ex-reality housewife is on a mission to tame her TV image; shed the arguments, cat fights, name-calling, and hair-raising moments; and tease future plans that will embrace not embarrass the real Eden. At the time of this interview, the 44-year-old mother of two was in Las Vegas to host NAHA, the North American Hairstyling Awards, an event near-and-dear to her heart. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” says Sassoon, “because I get to represent what my father left and be a part of it. It’s such an honor.” She comes by her talent for tresses easily. She is, of course, the daughter of legendary beauty mogul Vidal Sassoon and is cutting her own path in the industry with EDEN by Eden Sassoon Pilates, which she opened in 2007.
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And Sassoon continues to reinvent the family legacy: she created “Beauty Gives Back,” a charity that highlights the global water crisis (as seen on this magazine’s sister platform, LuxeNewsLive.com); and she opened two luxury Pilates studios in the heart of Los Angeles. Now a recovering alcoholic of 5 years, Sassoon is passionate about preaching a healthy lifestyle. In fact, her tireless work on behalf of those facing addiction will be recognized this fall as she accepts the “Woman of the Year” honor from the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House. Her sober sermons may have ruffled a few feathers on RHOBH (we’re talking to you Kim Richards and Lisa Rinna!) but it’s been the source of inspiration for Sassoon’s next adventure. At the time of this writing she was about to depart for Cabo San Lucas for “Destination Eden”—a flirty and fitfilled journey of “health, love and intention” with two Bachelorette alums—which could quite possibly be a test run for her own reality show. In between choosing the perfect Roberto Cavalli to grace our cover, Sassoon sat down for a candid chat about all those housewives, the perfect dating app, and getting your cougar on… all with a sense of humor.
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