Tareq and Michaele Salahi burst into the headlines with their gate-crashing stunt at a White House state dinner. A year and a half earlier—long before she became a potential player in Bravo’s Real Housewives of DC—The Washingtonian interviewed Michaele for a Web feature called Sidewalk Style about her fashion tips. Here are excerpts from what she told us at the time:
Michaele Salahi once told us she had 300 pairs of shoes. Photograph by Rachel Cothran
Who: Michaele Salahi, makeup consultant, Oasis Winery owner with husband Tareq, America’s Polo Cup chair, and the “face” for Virginia.org’s Wine Getaways ad campaign.
What she’s wearing: Oscar de la Renta from Neiman Marcus.
How would you describe your style? “Classic and feminine with a slim rocker edge. I’m addicted to white clothes, and I love stilettos.”
Favored designers: “Cartier, Chanel, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Dior.”
What do you wear on a typical day? “Fitted skinny jeans, Dior or Prada boots, and a fitted top with a jacket.”
Any tips on styling and posing? “Be yourself! Find your very best side that the camera loves—everyone has one—and work it! Always make sure to be confident in who you are, stand tall with your shoulders back, and smile. Your personality within is what shines in the camera’s lens.”