Rebecca Romijn Joins House of Style
She’s blond, beautiful, and soon to be Blackie’s bride, but Rebecca Romijn’s (pronounced romaine, like the lettuce) next claim to fame may be as the best thing to happen to MTV’s House of Style since Cindy Crawford.
Last month Romijn, 25, fiancée of ex-General Hospital actor John Stamos, debuted as Style’s new hostess, and the nine-year-old MTV series finally showed signs of emerging from an identity crisis. Since the moled one left as hostess two years ago to pursue other interests, Style has been an open house.
Originally hired to fill Cindy’s high heels, fashion fatales and best friends Shalom Harlow, 24, and Amber Valletta, 23, lasted only a year (reportedly because of an unacceptable ‘tude off camera). “They were more interested in becoming high-profile models,” says Alisa Bellettini, House of Style’s diplomatic exec producer.
MTV replaced the pair last year with veejay Daisy Fuentes, 31. Bellettini gives Fuentes — now cohosting ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos — high marks but notes she “didn’t have that much interest in fashion.”
Enter Romijn. Born in Berkeley, Calif., she struck her biggest pose in February ‘97, appearing on a GQ cover with Dennis Rodman’s hands on her breasts (the hands were actually painted on). “I haven’t loved modeling in a long time, and I don’t think I made the best model,” says Romijn, who will nevertheless appear in next month’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. “Style is exactly what I want now. A lot of me is personality, and that reads better on TV.”
While Romijn was stiff at times in her freshman outing Dec. 16, her chatty out-‘n’-about segment with Tyra Banks displayed a talent for lively “girlfriend” shop talk. How will her Style differ? “John’s advice is to be myself,” says Romijn. “He’s like, ‘Be humble — don’t draw too much attention to the way you look. People love to hate models.”’ Though after two remodelings, MTV hopes the public loves this one.