Nicole Richie covers Paper mag: tacky or the best she’s ever looked?

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie covers the May issue of Paper magazine, and she looks fantastic. She is seriously working that lavender hair of hers. I know she originally adopted the shade after a dare from Kelly Osbourne, but Nicole owns it now. Sorry Kelly, but Nicole is the purple-haired princess of the year. It is so declared.

This cover feature promotes Nicole’s upcoming #CandidlyNicole reality show. I think. Nicole doesn’t talk about it much. The main attraction here is the gorgeous shoot that was done in Nicole’s backyard. The clothing choices are sumptuous. She’s wearing Valentino, Marchesa (the lone bad choice — you’ll know that one when you see it), Alberto Ferreri, and a stunning gold Oscar de la Renta dress. In several shots, she’s wearing jewelry by her own House of Harlow label. Nicole talks about gardening in her own backyard, and I can’t believe she’s growing all this stuff. No wonder the interview is called “success keeps sprouting.” I’m gonna raid Nicole Richie’s backyard for blueberries. Come with me:

She has a hot German Shepherd: “Look!” screams Nicole Richie. “Look how hot Iro is! I just look at him sometimes and think he is so manly and strong. He’s everything a woman could ask for, so you know, I understand if Joel gets jealous.”

Her morning routine: “I wake up around 5:30, before the rest of my family, and that’s my time alone. Then I spend some time tending to my garden. We have apple trees, blueberry trees, lemon trees, strawberries, butter lettuce, arugula, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, mint, thyme, oregano and sage.” Nicole clarifies that her dad is “more of a landscaping type of guy, and I’m more of an edible garden person.”

Raising Hollywood kids: “The best part about raising kids here is that I was never told that being gay or mixed race was different at all. It’s such a big melting pot, and everybody is so open-minded and welcoming here, I don’t know where else I would raise them. [Joel & I've] obviously gone back and forth because we did grow up so differently, and there are aspects about the way he was raised that I wish I’d had and vice versa. We just apply both of those ideas to our family.”

Who she likes on Twitter: “Kelly Oxford, Jenny Johnson, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman…I’m always looking to laugh, so anyone who can make me do that, I’m down.”

Expanding House of Harlow 1960 with clothing: “I love L.A. style because seasons don’t really play a role. I’m able to wear whatever I want, whenever I want. It gives me the opportunity to experiment and try new looks.”

She has fancy turtles too: “Sparrow wanted turtles for his birthday, so I got them for him, and he has not looked at them since. I hated these turtles. I wanted nothing to do with them. They don’t even have names. They were just pointless pets sitting in this cage.” That is, until Nicole started going down a Pinterest black hole where she was inspired to build the reptiles a new home. “I legit invented the ‘turtle coop,’ and then I built them the most beautiful outside lagoon that you have ever seen. Now they’re mine. No one takes care of them but me.”

Being a grown up can be fun: “My idea of being a grown-up was living behind a white picket fence and changing who you were–getting a bob and wearing beige, but I found freedom through my brand and being myself and being able to do it my way.” Which is really the essence of House of Harlow 1960. “I really just want to empower people to feel like they’re strong enough to make their own decisions.”

What is she most proud of? “My family, my work and my turtle coop.”

[From Paper Mag]

Nicole has talked before about being a morning person, but she never revealed that she tends garden after her coffee. It sounds peaceful, and she must enjoy the “me” time before the kiddos wake up. I still marvel at how Nicole has transformed her life. She’s waking up to pick blueberries at the same time that Paris Hilton is probably dropping off to sleep. Nicole built a freaking turtle lagoon for her child’s discarded pets, and Paris is alway shopping for her latest boutique puppy. They’re so different now. How were they ever friends?

Imagining Paris in this photoshoot is impossible too. Nicole is working these clothes. This backyard! I’m so jealous.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Photos courtesy of Paper magazine

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  1. Kiddo says:

    It’s a gorgeous fashion shoot, the gardening sounds nice, but who needs another Nicole Richie reality show? No one, that’s who.

    • I’m gonna take it a step further and ask “who needs another reality TV show, period”?

      That being said, I’ve always found Richie to be genuinely funny in a cool, unaffected way that I admire–but that’s just me.

      • Kiddo says:

        I have no issues with her on a personal level. For reality shows, burn all that sh*t down. It’s like Kudzu in a forest, sucking the life out of everything and anything else, and it’s all the damn same.

      • Kudzu reference? You been hanging with Shailene?

        But yeah, agreed. A friend of mine posted on FB about how much he hates Bob’s Burgers (I agree with him-that show is unwatchable) and someone commented that out of all the shows on TV, that’s really not one to complain about–he had a good point.
        Anyway, I don’t watch TV-if it’s not on Amazon Instant or Netflix then I’m not watching it.

      • Kiddo says:

        I have rhizomitis. I’m inflamed about how this reality blight has taken root. I hope the cure isn’t sunning your vagina.

        PS: Be prepared for more charges in your viewing experience.

      • Time-tested cure for rhizomitis?
        Vaporub.

        Oh you mean the increasing of Amazon Prime subscription?

      • Kiddo says:

        Read up the horrible FCC net neutrality.

  2. GMarchetti says:

    The best Photoshop has made her look, that is.

    She even looks healthy.

    • Goofpuff says:

      yes she does which made me wonder because in her other photos she’s been looking more skeletal of late and not so healthy. here her skin is glowing, she has muscle tone and flesh instead of bones and looks healthy. awesome photoshop. love the pic with her in the gold dress.

    • Sam says:

      She was on QVC yesterday and looked horrid. A total 360 of these pictures.

  3. paola says:

    She reminds me a lot of Peaches Geldof. The Wild upbringing.. a famous father.. drugs and alcohol.. and later in life a beautiful family and some peace. Too bad for Peaches something went wrong.. but I’m very happy to see Nicole being such a peaceful person now.

    • kri says:

      I am of two minds about her. She really seems to have evolved and grown up in alot of ways, and I kind of like her. WAY better than Tori or KK (not hard-I like turds better than KK& Tori). I find her face interesting, and her eyes are beautiful. I do worry a bit though a bout her weight (Granny Kri talking), as I saw her on Tv and thought she was terribly skinny.

    • Melanie says:

      I agree with paola. And I kinda like Nicole now…… I think she looks amazing in this photo shoot. Fresh and fun! ;)

  4. Patricia says:

    I want to see this turtle coup! Very interesting.
    If I had money and a yard I would just turn it into a paradise of water. Waterfalls and little streams, ponds and pools, turtles and coy. And I would love to have all that edible stuff growing there, too.

    Nicole, you have inspired me to spend some time today working in my new yard, which is a disaster area but I have big dreams for it.

    • danielle says:

      I want to see the garden and the turtle coop too!!

    • TG says:

      I want an aviary and conservatory in my home!

    • Sonya says:

      My kids had a box turtle, Norris. I built his coup and it became my happy place. Planting plants, changing hay, creating this natural “lagoon” area for him in the yard. He burrowed out after a few years, onto the actual bayou a street over, I suppose. I’ve missed having a reason to have a teeny sanctuary in the backyard and this just inspired me to maybe set it up – just for me. lol

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I want a greenhouse with birds in it that fly about freely. The occassional poop dropping on my head would be worth it.

  5. Lora says:

    I love her plus she really is damn funny

  6. blue marie says:

    Nicole has some of the prettiest eyes I’ve seen, and love that bush she’s standing in front of (hydrangea right?)

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Can’t with the purple hair. Troll doll.

  8. Hillshmill says:

    I love the colored hair trend. Not the bright neon colors, but rather these almost pastel blues, pinks, and lavenders. If I was in Hollywood or worked somewhere more artsy, I’d definitely try it out for myself.

    • Ruth Dunbar says:

      Go ahead and do it. I live in DC — not known as a pink and purple hair kind of place — and my stylist put color (neon pink with a dash of purple) in my hair the last time I saw him. It was temporary and gone in a week, but it was fun while it lasted and I got lots of compliments!

    • Ruth Dunbar says:

      Probably worth noting that I’m a 40 -year-old economist, and not just some kid going to class. No one cared!

      • icontendu says:

        LOVE IT!!!! i wish i could get away with it, but my dc job involves interfacing with the hill..

  9. Easi says:

    She’s really fun to watch. I wanted to not like her but I haven’t found a reason to.

  10. Nev says:

    FABULOUS.
    can’t wait to buy it!!

  11. megan says:

    I thought that was Rachael Dratch when I first saw the open mouthed pic.

  12. mollie says:

    Beautiful. Those eyes! I personally find her extremely likable. I’d watch her show, if just to see her house and yard.

  13. Dani2 says:

    I love her, idgaf.

    • QQ says:

      #also #aswell and also want her hair color…. Shit, Kelly’s for that matter, Their Lavender hair doesnt offend me

      • Dani2 says:

        Mte, I love unconventional hair colours. I think it’s like marmite for most people though – you either love it or you hate it.

  14. shannon says:

    the best she’s ever looked? Hell, no it isn’t. Again, I don’t undertand the tip-toeing around eating disorders. I feel bad for her, I really do, but she does not look good at all. She looks like she could break in two.

  15. ~Z~ says:

    God, she was SO awful on that show with Paris.
    But she changed so much, and I kinda like her. I do think she is probably not someone you would want to meet by chance….I just don’t think she would be very nice…But for some reason I still like her a little.
    I do mostly like her fashion choices.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      She was horrible on the Paris show, and I have heard from multiple people that she is a very unkind and bitter person in real life. Like, being incredibly mean to people without cause or provocation, just for kicks. I prefer people that put sunshine in the world.

    • Penny says:

      She was really awful, she actually made Paris look good in comparison. They were both mean girls but Paris was just kind of ignorant and superficial, whereas Nicole really went out of her way to torment people. If she was in high school now she’d be the girl who trawls social media telling the unpopular kids they should kill themselves.

  16. Birdix says:

    There’s such a Marie antionette playing peasant farmer vibe, I’m surprised she isn’t eating cake in one of the shots. Are there blueberry trees? Thought they grew on bushes.

    • RR says:

      ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT! I mean, blueberry TREES???? And she is trying to convince us she is a gardener…. Uh-huh.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        lol, me too!!!!!
        Blueberries do NOT grow on trees! It made me do a double take. I would have no reason to doubt her “I’m a gardner” shtick, but that gave me serious doubts.

        Being awake when your sprinklers turn on does not make you a gardener.

  17. Josephine says:

    While I would never watch her show (or any reality show for that matter), she sounds very normal in her interview. She’s really turned her life around. As for the comments about her weight, anorexia is a lifelong struggle and I can imagine it rearing its ugly head when she is the most stressed.

  18. Loopy says:

    I have never been a fan of these weird colours on grown women,just looks off and the worst offender is Katy Perry. I will however give Cyndi Lauper a pass.

  19. Heather says:

    Love the backyard, do not love the hair. Colored hair as a trend needs to die (and not be resurrected) along with all the Manic Panic from the early 90′s.

  20. wonderwoman21 says:

    I like Nicole Richie for some reason and like her sense of style. The only part of this interview i don’t like is the part about the turtle; there are so many discarded pets in America because people choose to buy animals without thinking it through or considering the long term aspect of it. Then these animals sit around unloved and uncared for or are abandoned. I’m glad she was able to come to her senses and invest in creating a home for her son’s unwanted turtles but i think it was irresponsible to purchase such animals for a small child in the first place; kids always want a pet and then immediately lose interest in it when they get it. Just get em a raincheck for a pet or a toy animal. End rant.

  21. murphy says:

    ” I still marvel at how Nicole has transformed her life”

    Yeah but how much of this is BS? How many pills is she putting in her coffee?

  22. (The original) Violet says:

    She looks good, but I think they Photoshopped some weight on. I suspect Peaches Geldof died due to an eating disorder and that Nicole is at risk. (A few years ago she was looking really healthy, but then she abruptly became skinny again and got implants. My theory is that her marriage is far from solid, and that the stress triggers her anorexia.)

  23. Andrea says:

    I think she’s really pretty, but I tend to agree with murphy that I’m sure her image is spun big time.

    What I really came here to ask is what’s going on with her eyebrows in the top pick? Looks like they’re not entirely plucked towards the outside of her eyes. I wonder if this is going to start a trend, which would be great because it’s a pain to get those hairs!

  24. cleo says:

    Someohow I don’t believe half of what she’s said. Do you actually believe she built the turtles their home? Maybe she had one of her many workers do it, but absolutely not her. Do you actually believe she goes outside and tends to her plants? She tells a nice story but somehow I don’t buy it.

  25. Mena says:

    From what I have heard and read, she is the type of woman who likes to throw dinner parties with lots of wine and meals made from the veggies and herbs she grows in her garden. She has a very tight clique of friends. She likes to redecorate her home. She seems to lead an upscale and charmed life. I think she is genuine. I love her House of Harlow line, most of the pieces are very affordable, I saw a cute dress for under $100.
    Paris Hilton is not my favorite person in the world but I don’t think it’s fair to say Nicole’s lifestyle is better than Paris’. Paris may not want kids, and a hubby. She might be content to be responsible to no one but herself. Motherhood and becoming a wife is not for everyone.

  26. Serena says:

    Now I totally wanna see her dog!

  27. margo says:

    She just looks freaky to me

  28. Happy21 says:

    I don’t think it’s the best because I think she’s totally photoshopped. However, even if I don’t believe all of it, she gives a great interview and comes across very likeable. I never would have thought that she was…

  29. Tiffany says:

    Did she get a nose job?…..One of the reasons I loved her was because of her bump on her nose.

  30. Joh says:

    It ages her………
    I think she is another who will one day just drop like Peaches Geldof……
    She has stressed her body probably beyond compare, so what kind of role model is she?
    She can hawk stuff well but who cares?

  31. Mary Jane says:

    That grey hair shit is getting on my last nerve. (I KNOW it’s SUPPOSED to be lavender, but NO!)
    It makes e’eryone look tired and OLD!

  32. John says:

    So over the lavender hair, leave it to Dame Edna, please.

  33. HappyMom says:

    I always wonder about their marriage. And they just put their house on the market . . .

  34. lalanana says:

    Caesar Flickerman, is that you?

  35. Jaded says:

    Nope, not getting the Nicole love. In fact recent pap photos show she’s incredibly skinny and drawn looking again. She is and has always been a product of f*cked up Hollywood and its secret sorority of having to be too skinny, too clothing-centric, too famous friends/name dropping cliques. If she was the earth mother she purports to be she wouldn’t be starving herself and doing vapid photo shoots with purple hair.

  36. Julie says:

    Blueberries grow on bushes.