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Olivia Palermo

Olivia Toledo Palermo was born February 28, 1986 to Douglas Palermo and Lynn Hutchings.  Lyn ­Hutchings is a partner at interior design firm Hutchings-Lyle.  Olivia’s father, Douglas,  is a Real-estate consultant who filed for bankruptcy in 2007.  He allegedly used an unofficial credit line that he used and skipped out on alimony payments. Her parents are divorced.  She grew up between the Upper East Side, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut.  She is a socialite turned reality TV star on theCity.

Olivia attended Nightingale-Bamford School, Windward School, then finally St. Luke’s High School where she played field hockey.  For college, she went off to a university in Paris, France for a year, then studied media at the New School in New York.

Olivia started breaking into the media world when she interned at Quest Magazine for a period of time.  Then she was spotted by photographer Patrick McMullan at an auction who took pictures of her about town.  Aside from her soliciating, Olivia has taken part in many charity events in New York.

Olivia became a household name when she caught fire when she was accused for sending a letter pleading for acceptance from fellow socialites.  The letter was given to the now defunct website SocialiteRank.com who published it.  Olivia denied that she authored the letter and sued the website which shut down shortly after. In May 2007, Palermo appeared on the cover of New York Magazine in a story about the incident where she was pitted against socialite Tinsley Mortimer.  Olivia was dubbed the new “it” girl who was repleacing Tinsley.

In 2008, Olivia denied reports that she was cast in theCity, the spinoff show on MTV that followed Whitney Port from LA to New York City.  Later, she was confirmed as cast member.  Olivia said she was appearing on the reality show to familiarize herself with acting.  Olivia has been on theCity ever since, but has it in her contract that they will not film her personal life.

In the first season of theCity, Olivia did allow cameras into her apartment where they would film her and her cousin Nevan.  Cousin Nevan quickly made it in the media when news of his legal troubles surfaced.  He no longer is filmed on the show and Olivia is only filmed at work or at work related events.

In 2009, Olivia signed on to Wilhelmina Models and also designed a jewellery line with Roberta Freymann. In February 2010 Olivia became a spokesmodel for Matches Fashion’s Freda label right before London Fashion Week.

Olivia was crowed as one of the best dressed celebrities in 2009 by several publications.  She plans to design her own clothing line but says she’s taking her time with it.

As for her personal life, Olivia once dated Brad Leinhardt, but is now dating German model Johannes Huebl. In 2007, she moved out of her parents’ Upper East Side apartment and moved into a $4, 150/month apartment in TriBeCa, Manhattan. She moved to DUMBO, Brooklyn in 2009.

Sources:  Hills2City, Wikipedia.  Photo credit: MTV

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