Eden, in D.C.
EDEN ELLIS is a woman that everyone notices when she walks into a room. She’s beautiful, smart, generous, really witty and when you’re in her presence you want to bring your A-game.
R&B legend Barry White introduced us.
I was volunteering at a Junior League event — chitchatting, stuffing envelopes when from across the room I hear:
My darling I
Can’t get enough of your love babe
Girl, I don’t know, I don’t know why
Can’t get enough of your love babe.
The first thing I thought was: what in the world and then Eden said above the groove: “The energy in this room is a little too low for me, we need some Barry!” And just like that, a mundane afternoon of good deeds turned into the coolest volunteer moment, and we all had an absolute blast.
Maybe a bit of Eden’s flair stems from musical theatre.
Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, her family owned a musical theatre and Eden was in charge of the spotlight and lightboard. Now, Eden manages her own real estate company, Eden Properties and is known in Washington for her dedication to community service and philanthropic causes.
When I approached Eden about being my first interview, she said simply, “I trust you. Whatever you need.” A true friend indeed. So I hope you enjoy reading her interview, especially her advice for young women because Eden and I both believe in sharing lessons learned in life. Each one, reach one and all that.
Who are your style icons?
Ralph Lauren, Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Diane von Furstenberg, and Angelina Jolie.
What is something you wish you could wear, but can’t (or won’t)?
What inspires you?
Believe it or not, efficiency! I love logical people and processes. And trying something completely new.
Name one place you would like to see before you die.
Describe a perfect lazy weekend.
My perfect weekend would be in Las Vegas. Great combo of lazy and high octane! But for a truly lazy weekend, it would be Key West or Costa Rica–flip flops, my dog Jackson Joy, and special people to connect with…cooking, eating, playing and just hanging out.
Name a song that takes you someplace special when you hear it.
“Sand on my Feet” by Donna Summer.
Advice for young women…
Always keep your dignity.
Never waste more than a year dating a man.
Learn to speak softly, it keeps people engaged.
Do things because it is the right thing to do, maybe not the most popular.
Always look for more than the surface explanation,there’s always a deeper story to understand.
Asked to write your memoirs, what would the title be?
Either “You Were Never Daddy’s Little Girl” or “Ladies’ Code of Ethics”.
Interviewed March 2010 by Yolanda, editor of Zavvi Rodaine.com
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