(Vanna) White Hot
(NEW YORK) When we heard Vanna White wouldn’t be walking in The Heart Truth show due to a flight cancellation, we thought Fashion Week was ruined. But then the Wheel of Fortune staple and trending style icon gave us a ring from her dressing room. She’s as perfect as we always dreamed!
BY EDDIE ROCHE
Miley Cyrus recently told W that “everyone dresses like Vanna White.” How does that make you feel?
It’s really fun. I’ve worn over 6,000 different gowns on our show. It’s like putting on a fashion show every single day! I put on a gown and go out there and model it for 30 minutes. Some people tune in just to see what I’m going to wear.
Who are some of the designers you’ve worn over the years?
Gosh, I’ve probably worn everybody. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. Nicole Miller, Kay Unger, Theia, and Joanna Mastroianni, everybody.
Do you have a favorite?
I don’t, but I prefer clothes that are comfortable.
What about Carolina Herrera?
Oh my God, I love her!
Have you ever worn anything twice?
When I have the opportunity to wear something new every day, why would I?
Duh! What happens to your dresses after you wear them?
They go back to the designer because they’re all samples.
What do the viewers say about your wardrobe?
People write in and ask where they can get the dresses. People also see me not dressed up when I’m at the airport in my sweats. When I’m not working on TV, I’m much more casual. They like to see the versatility of that, too.
We just discovered Vannastyle.com. Can you tell us a little about it?
It’s a site people can go to and see the dresses I’ve worn or learn things about me that they might not know. They can also ask me questions.
Have you ever been to New York Fashion Week?
I have not. You thought that I had been, right?
We were hoping to finally meet you! Have you ever been to Milan or Paris?
I even went to a taping of Wheel of Fortune in Paris. I’ve been to all the designers’ stores, but it was just for fun.
Have you ever had a major wardrobe malfunction?
There have been zippers that have broken in the middle of shows, a strap breaking—just silly things like that.
Is there an outfit you’re embarrassed about?
Um, not really. I’m the kind of person who knows things will go wrong, so I just have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously.
What are your favorite colors?
I like pastels. They’re fun, alive, and pretty.
And your favorite pastel?
What kind of shoes do you wear on the show?
Platforms. I don’t wear extremely expensive shoes, usually. My shoes at home are by better designers. I love Louboutins.
Your hair in the ’80s was a lot larger than it is now. Do you think that look will ever come back?
I think everything always comes back.
What do you think when you see pictures with your hair like that?
I think how big everything was in the ’80s.
In your memoir you talk about using the shower as a water pik. Do you still do that?
I don’t do that anymore. We all do silly things when we’re young.
They talked about your book on The Golden Girls.
They did? Tell me!
Dorothy [Bea Arthur] recommends reading your autobiography. She calls it a hell of a book.
Awwww, that’s so sweet!
What ever happened to the Vanna White dolls?
We don’t make them anymore, but I still have some in my garage.
How often do people approach you and ask for a vowel?
All the time! That’s probably the most common question people ask: Can I buy a vowel?
Does that get annoying?
Have you ever let anyone buy one?
No, only on the show.
We’re sorry you missed the Heart Truth show. Why did you want to do it?
When I was a little girl my mother was very much involved with the Heart Association. Once a year she would go to the local radio station and literally stay up for the whole time that the telethon was going on. So it is very special to me in that way. I was doing it in her honor.
You dress was going to be by Austin Scarlett. Did you have a lot of input?
Not really. I just didn’t want anything strapless. Usually gowns are so heavy, so wearing a strapless one is tough. They always want to fall down.
Thanks for never falling down, Vanna! We love you.
I love you, too.