01.08.13 Beauty

Amber Valletta Interviews The Most Beautiful Woman She Knows: Her Grandmother

BY Amber Valletta

As I reflect on who represented my first ideal of beauty I think of my maternal grandmother, Mary Jean. My parents divorced when I was two years old, my mother was quite young with little money so we moved in with my grandparents on their farm outside of Tulsa. I remember my grandmother being kind and very beautiful. She was always dressed in kind of cowgirl glamour and had a Dolly Parton vibe about her, including the fake eye lashes and large breasts. Mary is a natural beauty underneath the makeup and sparkle. She has high cheek bones, green eyes and large eye palettes which is good for eyeshadow… her eyes are what I inherited. She has command over her feminine energy and even now at 83 years old, she still bats her eyelashes at anyone she is need of charming. Apparently, I inherited this trait from her as well, so my husband says. Mary is a woman who will invite you in with that Midwest hospitality and offer you a piece of the BEST homemade apple pie.

She has always believed in taking pleasure in being a woman. Even now, she still puts her “face on” for special occasions or a run into town. Mary Jean has a generous and kind heart which magnifies her natural born assets. My grandma is still my ideal of beauty even now…

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Amber Valletta is a fashion icon, actress and humanitarian. As a supermodel, she graced the covers of hundreds of magazines and been featured in major advertising campaigns. In addition to her fashion career Amber is an accomplished actress. She is currently seen on ABC’s hit TV show Revenge, and co-starred in films What Lies Beneath, Hitch, Gamer and Transporter 2. Amber is known for her humanitarian and environmental efforts. She is a member of the Leadership Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and worked on other environmental causes such as, Oceana and International Foundation for Animal Welfare (IFAW).


  • http://twitter.com/jennymaeharms Jenny Mae Harms

    Maybe I’m a sucker for this video because I have soft spot in my heart for the Oklahoma accent, but I loved this. Mary Jean should be the next “face” of Mary Kay.

    • http://twitter.com/ParksFernandez Rebecca Fernandez

      Mary Kay should be so lucky! I love this, Jenny!

  • Gugu

    God she had to be gorgeous when she was young, amazing eyes

  • Angie rojas

    Great interview with my beautiful lovely grandmother. She taught us all so much about life as well as beauty & continues to teaches us. Nice interview amber. Xoxo Angie

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.whitebread Lisa Whitebread

    She laughs just like Mimi……so beautiful!! I’ll never forget her last halloween as Medusa!!

  • Jenny

    Good for her that she wears Mary Kay. But I think no one should wear them cause they do animal testing on their products!!

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