Thursday 21 September 2017

Olivia Palermo: 'Everything was harder for me because I grew up with a learning disability'

Olivia Palermo (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Olivia Palermo (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Sasha Brady

Olivia Palermo revealed that she grew up with a learning disability.

The model, stylist and brand consultant said that when she was growing up she found it difficult to acquire knowledge and school was especially difficult.

"I grew up with a learning disability, so things were always a bit challenging," the 31-year-old confessed to Net-a-Porter's magazine, The Edit.

While Olivia didn't specific the condition, she said it encouraged her to create her own support system and surround herself with positive influences.

Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo

The New Yorker, also revealed that she takes fitness very seriously and exercises for 75 minutes with the Tracy Anderson method (loved by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian) no matter what.

"If I have to leave at 6am, I'll workout before," she told interviewer Pandora Sykes.

Olivia Palermo attends the Elie Saab show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Olivia Palermo attends the Elie Saab show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The star also spoke about her wedding to model Johannes Huebl in 2015 and the unusual bridal ensemble she wore on the big day, a three-piece outfit by Carolina Herrera: cream, ostrich-feathered cashmere sweater; white shorts and a tulle skirt.

She opted for the three-piece outfit "in lieu of a princess dress" because she wanted something "low-key".

Olivia Palermo attends the Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Olivia Palermo attends the Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Olivia found fame on the reality TV show The City but said she wished she was recognised more for her philanthropic and business pursuits.

Speaking about her time on the MTV show, she said: "It doesn't bother me. But a label should probably be somewhat accurate. I do more behind the scenes than people realise."

Olivia Palermo wed fellow model Johannes Huebl in a secret ceremony
Olivia Palermo wed fellow model Johannes Huebl in a secret ceremony

Olivia has been the face of high-end brands such as Aerin, Max&Co and Banana Republic and is the founder of oliviapalermo.com.

She also branched into beauty with a make-up collaboration with Ciate London and launched the collection in Brown Thomas, Dublin in 2015.

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