Danielle Lauder is an actress for film and stage and the great-granddaughter of cosmetic giant, Estée Lauder. Danielle resides in New York City.
WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU?
It’s an intangible quality that can apply to people, places, things and moments. To me it’s anything that really moves you or overwhelms you. Not necessarily something that makes you feel smaller in the presence of it, but something special and ethereal or enigmatic. It’s a very personal, evocative emotion that is indescribable but you just want to capture it.
AND, THE ANTITHESIS OF BEAUTY?
Shutting your eyes.
People who are closed-minded and don’t want to see what’s in front of them or can’t see past what is blatantly in front of them.
HOW DO YOU THINK OUR VISION OF BEAUTY HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?
Growing up there was a more static notion of what was beautiful, and there were certain expectations of perfection or a certain level of quality that you had to maintain and give to consumers as an artist. I think that as I’ve grown up, it’s a duality of me becoming more self-aware and aware about the world. As I’ve gotten older, I think the world is actually changing.
WHO WAS A BEAUTY ICON FOR YOU IN YOUR YOUTH?
Since I was five years old, I’ve always had a very consistent style and have known what I’ve wanted and what I’ve liked. I’ve always really loved the simplicity and the beauty of Old Hollywood Glamour - Grace Kelly, Bridgette Bardot, Veronica Lake.
WHY IS THIS OBJECT BEAUTIFUL TO YOU?
Every year my mother would pull out and admire this dress from when I was a few years old. She said whenever I wore it, it was as if I was shopping because I would point to each little "paper doll" dress and describe what kind of scenario each one merited. It reminds me of the little girl who loved to play pretend and dress up and how I always dreamt of doing it for a career.
Leonardo Manetti / The Wall Group
Jessi Butterfield / Tracey Mattingly
Danielle Lauder wears Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place
Earrings by Marco Bicego