There are many reasons to be envious of Vanna White — but mainly because she gets to wear a different dress every show, which in average person terms translates to every day of work. Seriously. In a recent interview with Fox News, the Wheel of Fortune co-host and letter-turner revealed that she’s never worn the same dress twice. Talk about #LivingTheDream.
“Never the same one twice,” White said. So since the show’s been on for 35 years, she’s worn “over 6,500” dresses. No wonder she’s stayed at Wheel of Fortune for three decades! The only downside, she revealed, is that she doesn’t get to keep them. “They have to go back to the designer, but I certainly enjoy wearing them,” she said. And over so many major decades — the 80s, for example — she’s obviously displayed many different fashion genres. “I’ve gone through all the big styles, [including] the big shoulder pads. You name it, I’ve done it.”
One that sticks out is a gold lame number with seriously puffy shoulder pads (while Pat Sajak wore a Bill Cosby-esque sweater).
But there are so many amazing looks to choose from…
White’s favorites, on the other hand, aren’t all that surprising. “My favorite dresses happen to be the comfortable ones,” the 60-year-old stunner said, proving she’s a normal woman. “A lot of them are so skin tight and don’t budge. I feel like I’m wearing a corset and I’m walking for 30 minutes in five-inch heels. It looks great, but it can be uncomfortable,” she preached. That’s why they say beauty is pain. “I still do it, it’s part of my job. But if I had the choice, I would prefer stretchy gowns. And I honestly love the cocktail length.”
And as the dress styles have evolved with the decades, so has her hair. She’s tried nearly everything from the teased bangs of the 80s to the big updos of the 90s to the soft waves of the 2000s. And she’s always pulled it off beautifully.
And while White exudes glamour and high fashion on TV, believe it or not, it’s yarn she’s after. Random, sure, but her reasoning is just as beautiful as those dresses. “I started my own line of yarn because I wanted to give back,” she told Fox. “I went to Memphis and visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I saw these children that had cancer… That really touched me because I had two healthy children, but so many other people were in need. And this hospital also does a huge amount of research to help. When I started my yarn line, I decided to donate half of the proceeds to St. Jude. I’ve been very fortunate in my life and giving back was very important to me. This is my way of doing it.”
In her career, it’s none of the wild Wheel of Fortune ensembles that she regrets. It’s posing in lingerie. “Here’s the thing. When I first moved to Hollywood, I was too embarrassed to ask my dad for rent money. I was young and I wanted to do it on my own. So, I did these lingerie shots and from the moment I said I would do them, I thought, ‘I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m not going to ask my dad for money, so I’m just going to do it!’” she revealed. “Once I got ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and some fame, Hugh Hefner then bought those pictures. He’s the one who put me on the cover of the magazine. I didn’t do it for Playboy,” she recalled. “I did not want them on there, but it happened.” She divulged that she could have lost her job from that but luckily she didn’t. “And this is a lesson that applies today: Never do anything that you don’t want to do. Listen to your instincts and follow it…It was a great lesson to learn, but what can I say? I did something I shouldn’t have done.”
At the end of the day, she got to wear over 6,500 dresses in three decades. That’s more than one dress every other day. We’d say things turned out all right for White.
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