Lisa Rinna’s daughter Delilah Hamlin: ‘Mom didn’t let me model until I was 17′

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As you may have figured out, I don’t watch much reality TV. That’s no judgment on my part it’s just not my thing. So I never saw Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s Harry Loves Lisa and didn’t know they had daughters Delilah, 18, and Amelia, 15. I was more aware of Harry’s son, Dimitri, but that was because of my LA Law obsession in the 90s. It turns out, even though Lisa is fine having her life filmed for TV, she didn’t want her kids to pursue “the business” until they were older. Delilah says Lisa made her wait until she was 17 before she began a modeling career. Delilah is featured in Teen Vogue after spending the summer with them learning the ropes.

Judging by her long, blonde, Rapunzel-esque strands, it’s safe to say Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s daughter Delilah Hamlin hasn’t yet taken hair cues from her famously flippy-coiffed mother. But the aspiring singer and model turns to her mom for other style guidance — like outfit approval before she goes anywhere.

As far as Hamlin’s career goes, however, Rinna has had a much larger impact on her choices. Hamlin says that it wasn’t until she was well into her teenage years that her mom let her step into the spotlight.

“My mom didn’t let me model until I was 17,” she says. “She knew the culture and the industry because she’s been in it for so long, and she didn’t really want me to get in it too early. She wanted me to mature more and understand things more, and not be so naïve going into it. It is a difficult culture with body type and body image, and she wanted me to wait until I was older.”

Now, the 18-year-old is focused on building her singing and modeling careers (which she’s more interested in than acting at the moment).

[From People]

I checked the girls’ IMDb pages and they only list one episode of HLL but in the full Teen Vogue article, Delilah references being on the show. I assume that the girls were generally kept out of the spotlight and that I applaud. Obviously their parents are famous (and there were film crews in their kitchen) so they weren’t kept in the dark, but it seems like a healthy approach. Delilah also said of school, “I’m going into my senior year, so it’s exciting, but college apps are so stressful. I have no idea how I’m going to balance modeling and school, but my agency knows I’m still a student, and they really care about that.” She hopes to find a school in LA or NYC so she can do some modeling and singing in between coursework. It is so refreshing to hear a young person in Hollywood talk about arranging her career around her education instead of the reverse. Fingers crossed she keeps that mentality.

Lisa is pretty adamant that the girls’ stay in school and earn their own way. I don’t think she is glossing over the nepotism of name recognition but she said she refuses to use her contacts for the girls. She believes both the passion and the drive come from forging one’s own career. Question, though – Amelia is 15 and has been a voice talent on Rachel & The TreeSchoolers for two years, so why didn’t she have to wait? I assume Lisa’s motivation was targeted on the visual aspects of modeling or on-camera acting. Either way, they are doing legwork and talking about school, which is important.

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  1. Locke Lamora says:

    I’m so tired of nepotism models.

    • me says:

      That’s pretty much all we’re seeing now a days. It is really unfair but that’s how life is. Nepotism exists EVERYWHERE.

      • orangecrush says:

        It really does, regardless of the industry. Gone are the days when hard work coupled with natural talent and maybe a little luck got you places. My husband worked with an early 20-something who just quit his company after less than a year and many, many inappropriate mistakes… to go work at her dad’s company doing less for twice the money. I have another acquaintance in his early 30′s who just bought a multi-million dollar home for cash after “retiring” from his father’s company, where he worked when he felt like it and could never explain exactly what he did there.

        Nepotism makes the world go ’round, I guess.

    • boredblond says:

      Well, it evidently is seen as a birthright to some, and of course they are groomed for this loftiest position women can attain. .

    • Tate says:

      Came here to say the same.

    • Suzy from Ontario says:

      Took the words out of my mouth!

    • Sure Jan says:

      Yea. Lena Dunham is a great example of nepotism – she wouldn’t have even become famous/gotten a gig at HBO without the help of her parents and their connections.

      Kendall Jenner of course is a great example…just got a cover of Vogue. If she wasn’t a Kardashian, she wouldn’t have made it in the modeling world – got the body but face is too plain.

      • StormsMama says:

        Lena made tiny furniture. Which is no small feat.
        And Girls is good even if you don’t like it.
        So while nepotism is a part, doing the work is the thing.
        So no Lena doesn’t feel like the right example.

  2. Bros says:

    RInnas a nutter but from what I could see on RHOC she’s one a decent job of raising the girls to be pretty normal and not spoiled/at least aware of what privilege they have.

    • caitlinK says:

      She’s on RHOBH. And I disagree about the daughters not being spoiled; they were saying disparaging things about Lisa’s native smaller town, asking if there would be a lot of “chubbos” (fat people) there. Neither of them is very pretty, imo, either.

      • Tate says:

        Yeah, I stopped watching a couple of seasons ago because I found the two Lisa’s too annoying but I thought I remembered her daughter’s acting bratty.

      • Shaunna says:

        I really doubt her mother kept her out of modeling until she was 17. More like her mom was not on RHOBH until a couple seasons ago and the daughter is getting a chance at modeling now. Neither of those girls are naturally pretty.

      • Penny says:

        Rude, spoiled, entitled and disrespectful. I’m sure Lisa insisted they keep the s ene in.After all, there’s no such thing as bad press.

    • Little Darling says:

      Agreed Bros! She’s such a crazy bat but she’s a really great mom and the girls are better off for it. She’s actually more strict than a lot
      Of mothers of children that age, according to the show.

  3. nicegirl says:

    Beautiful girls!

  4. Gadel says:

    I heard she’s going to Fordham.

  5. holly hobby says:

    Beautiful family! Looks like the Hamlins are raising their girls right (education before stardom). I do wish Delilah kept her auburn locks. Being a Hollywood blonde is overrated.

  6. HH says:

    I’m sorry, but these photos just ooze “child playing dress up”. Which, I guess that’s the basis of modeling. But you at least have to look adult and fierce. These new crops of models are killing me.

  7. Nameless says:

    Is she model material? I guess I never got my head out of the late 80s where you could stare at Naomi Campbell for 15 minutes in awe of her beauty or watch Christy Turlington in that “Freedom” video and marvel over her perfect features.

    These kendall/gigi type of
    girls are cute, and I’m sure they hustle on instagram, but they look like the girls that have a summer job selling you a burrito out if a food truck.

    If I saw Delilah I would never think “model”. But maybe the idea of a model is changing to be more inclusive?

  8. KiddVicious says:

    Gorgeous kids. I’ve had a crush on Harry Hamlin since I first noticed him in Clash of the Titans.

  9. trollontheloose says:

    I think Lisa’s recall of a sexual harassment when she was in her early twenties makes her aware of what’s behind the door. even nepotism comes at a price.

  10. RedOnTheHead says:

    OMG, is there ANYTHING else that celeb spawn can aspire to other than model? Anything?? Bueller? Bueller?

  11. paranormalgirl says:

    She looks… awkward (like she has to go to the bathroom) in that second picture. She’s cute, but I see her more as a “teen model” type.

    • orangecrush says:

      That’s exactly what I thought! My two-year-old does a similar pose when he needs to “go poopy.”

  12. KBeth says:

    The family photo is lovely, pretty girls.
    Those other two pics are just freaky.

  13. Lynnie says:

    Hairnets anyone? At least a ponytail holder? You’re serving FOOD lmao ugh

    She’s pretty, but definitely teen model type. Her other sister is giving me more Face on the other hand

  14. kori says:

    The girls didn’t come off well on RHOBH at all. Lisa even had to answer about some of their comments on the reunion show and she said she was embarrassed by some of them–primarily the Chubb-chubb ones. They came off pretty vapid but they are young. (Harry comes off very laid back and charming the few times he’s on for anyone harboring a crush. :) )

  15. Happy21 says:

    I have never watched any of the reality shows either and know Lisa Rinna as Billie from Days and Harry as Michael Kuzak on LA Law (swoon) but based on the article I’d have to say I’m impressed in their child rearing skills. Having not seen any of the reality shows I can’t say anything more than just what I see here. I don’t think, however, the girl is any better or worse of a model than Kendall Jenner.

  16. Stella Alpina says:

    *Sigh* The same old boring nepotism. The daughters are pretty, but basic. Their faces are interchangeable with a lot of other Instagram “models”.

    That’s a lot of Photoshop in the family picture.

  17. JS says:

    I don’t know. I followed Lisa on Instagram for a bit and maybe last year she posted some seriously sexually charged “model” photos of both her daughters in bikinis or less giving very sultry looks to the camera. I’m 33 and not at all prude and I thought they wer a little suggestive for them being so young. They’d be fine for any girl at 17 or 18+ but her younger daughter was maybe 14 or 15 at the time. Not to mention this daughter’s Instagram a year ago was filled with pics of her in underwear in a bed/beach etc. Lisa got some flack from various commenters for posting such photos and letting her daughters both post photos themselves, and Lisa deleted most of the photos I believe. So I’m not 100% sure where this “my parents made me wait to model” came from because very sexy professional-looking photos have been floating around for at least a year or more…

  18. Frey says:

    Fall back job for generic good looking kids.

    Is she like about to take a dump in the second picture of her in teen vogue? So weird.

  19. racer says:

    Agencies are getting lazy. Stop scouting celebrity offspring and go to malls, beaches and festivals. The 80′s and 90′s were filled with hopeful stories starting with ” I was discovered….” not “My parents…”

  20. Pandy says:

    Pretty girl but nothing electric. The poses are fugly though. Eek.