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The VIP wearing autographed jeans from Chip & Pepper. To see her interview with the designers behind the brand, click here.

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP, I am taking a step back from the hustle and bustle to open up + answer some fabulous fan questions :)

One of the biggest questions I get from blog readers and fans on the street is how old was I when I conducted my first celebrity interview + how did I not “fan girl” over the celebs I met. Good questions–good questions *wink* And I am going to address those in  THIS POST :) SO, hold onto your socks because the VIP is about to open up and spill the beans! 

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February 2012

When I started VIP at 16, I had no idea that I would be interviewing fashion designers and famous TV hosts at 17. The first celebrity interview that I ever conducted was with wedding gown designer and TV personality Heidi Elnora. Heidi has a brilliant business mind and is a talented designer who has been climbing her way up the ladder of the fashion world since way before I met her. From co-founding Birmingham Fashion Week to now starring in her own show on TLC, I have to say that it is humbling to know the 17-year-old me got to interview her *wink*

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The VIP and Ty Pennington joking around backstage during their interview.

After interviewing Heidi, my celeb interviews skyrocketed. Before I knew it, I was interviewing designers like Donald J. Pliner, Hilton Hollis, and Karolina Zmarlak and celebs like Ty Pennington and Mark Brunetz. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how God put all the right people in my life to help build my dreams. I could not feel more humbled and blessed. 

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The VIP with Betsey Johnson in Charlotte, NC.

I have also had the opportunity to meet my STYLE HERO Betsey Johnson. To be honest, I have NO IDEA how I did not fan girl at that moment *wink* I remember telling my mom that I felt like a 13-year-old girl backstage at a One Direction concert because I have looked up to her since I was a little kid. After that, I got to meet and chat with another fashion hero of mine, Rebecca Minkoff! *girl squeal* She also autographed my RM purse *wink*

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I think my maintaining of cool-calm-and-collective composure while interviewing the celebs comes down to the fact that I was living life in that moment. Maybe that sounds a little silly *wink*, BUT it’s true. I feel that it is important to center myself in those situations because in reality, “celebs” are no different than you and me! They are real people–real human beings *gasp* Who knew? *wink*

I have conducted a wide variety of interviews over the past few years–from jewelry artisans to TV stars–so picking just one favorite is basically impossible *wink* Click here to scroll through the VIP Interviews archives and be sure to let me know which interview is your favorite by commenting on this blog post, Facebook or Twitter.

Keep those questions coming because you never know what the VIP might open up about next *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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