Tracee, Rhonda, Chudney & Diana Ross
Her oldest daughter’s father is Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. The others are by rock promoter Robert Silberstein. But when it comes to the Supreme confidence they have in their looks, actresses (from left) Tracee, 24, and Rhonda, 25, and Georgetown University senior Chudney, 21, credit Diana, 53.
Diana: Hair has always been important. If you have the kind of hair we have, which is big and fluffy, you figure out what is right for you. Rhonda’s wearing dreadlocks. Chudney has really big hair.
Chudney: I like to wear braids.
Diana: Chudney does crew at school, and you can’t let your hair get really big when you’re in the water all the time.
Tracee: When I was 5, I cut bangs, but they stuck up. So I cut them off. I didn’t think Mom would notice.
Diana: She didn’t think I would notice! There was a big hole in the front of her head.
Tracee: One thing I associate so much with my mom is her scent.
Diana: Someday I’m going to do my own fragrance. You can go in my closet…
Tracee:…and it smells like Mom.
Diana: A lot of parents might have a thing about makeup. I’ve never been that way about my girls. If they wanted to wear makeup, it was okay with me.
Rhonda: She’s really passed on to us our own sense of beauty. From dreadlocks to big hair to makeup to no makeup, we’ve never felt we had to hide something we like.
Susan Lucci & Liza Huber
Liza, a 22-year-old communications major at the University of North Carolina, “always had a great deal of style,” says All My Children star Susan Lucci, 50, of her daughter by husband-manager Helmut Huber. “There just wasn’t a lot of teaching going on in that department.”
Liza: I love the way my mother looks. I love her whole aura. I love her eyes and eyebrows, and I know that’s a main way we’re similar.
Susan: Physically, I definitely think we resemble each other. But Liza is a tall blonde, and people may not necessarily see the resemblance immediately. Liza, however, has the thick, straight blonde hair I always dreamed of having.
Liza: We have such similar styles.
Susan: Liza will get off the plane wearing some new nail polish, and I will just have bought the same one.
Liza: One of the best tips my mother gave me was about my posture. Throughout my life, people have been complimenting me on my posture.
Susan: Since she was a baby, I always encouraged her to wear sunblock and a sun hat. When she went into her teenage years, I talked to her about wearing moisturizer on her neck and shoulders and considering it all part of your face.
Liza: My mother takes really good care of herself. She has amazing skin. She looks like my contemporary, my friend. Thank goodness my mother looks the way she does, so it’s in my genes.
Peggy Lipton & Kidada & Rashida Jones
“We’re like best friends, “says actress Peggy Lipton, 49, who exchanges nail polish and visits the Beverly Hot Springs in L.A. with her daughters by music mogul Quincy Jones: Kidada, 23 (center), a model and senior director of artist development at her dad’s Qwest Records; and Rashida, 21, a senior at Harvard.
Peggy: Rashida and I are blonde. But Kidada has my body type. They have wonderful skin because of the mixture of Mommy and Daddy. I think that their coloring is the most beautiful.
Rashida: Kidada wants to gain weight. I want to lose it. I have my dad’s metabolism, which is none.
Peggy: If I could be weirder, I would. I’d try a tattoo [like Kidada, who has several] or a nose ring. Rashida and I are more alike in that we think about it first.
Rashida: You were mad when I first plucked my eyebrows when I was 14.
Kidada: She wouldn’t let me shave my legs!
Rashida: What about that time you shagged your hair?
Peggy: That was pretty bad, but they often say that they would like to look as good as me at my age.
Rashida: She looks eternally young. You don’t know how many times the word “moisturizer” is thrown around in our conversations.
Kidada: She’s always in my ear saying, “Water, sunblock, moisturizer.”
Rashida: She always gave us good advice, but it took a while for us to take it.
Alana & Kimberly Stewart
“I have a motto,” says actress Alana Stewart, 49. “If you’re pretty, don’t mess with it.” But Ford model Kimberly, 17, Alana’s daughter with second husband Rod Stewart, begs to differ.
Alana: You went through your phase about a year ago when you slapped on makeup and I’d say, “My daughter went out looking like a 35-year-old hooker.”
Kimberly: I think it was because all my friends were wearing it, and then they’d do my makeup…. I have a tattoo of a cross with ivy around it. I got it about six months ago. Now I wish I didn’t get it. It’s not that cool. The guy didn’t do a good job. Also, I don’t want to have it for the rest of my life.
Alana: I wasn’t horrified. I wish we had talked about it and that she’d given it some serious thought. But to be honest, I’ve thought about getting one myself. I draw the line at body piercing. I told my kids they’d be grounded for the rest of their lives.
Kimberly: I wanted to get my nose pierced. It’s something that every kid goes through. Didn’t you?
Alana: I don’t think so. I grew up in a place where, when you went to school, your shoulders or knees couldn’t show. Kimberly always tells me I look terrible whatever I put on.
Kimberly: Mom’s a natural beauty.
Alana: Thanks, honey. I’ll buy you that handbag now.
Carolina & Carolina Herrera
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera, 58, often uses her 27-year-old namesake as a muse. The third of four daughters with Reinaldo, an editor at Vanity Fair, Carolina Jr. works for a Manhattan film company.
Carolina Jr.: She doesn’t really give beauty advice. Just seeing her—you learn by watching. She doesn’t do things elaborately. All of us get ready in a second.
Carolina Sr.: I don’t believe in lots of makeup.
Carolina Jr.: I hate fakeness. But once when I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon and shaved a widow’s peak in my hair.
Carolina Sr.: I said, “What have you done?”
Carolina Jr.: It looked great for about two days until the stubble started growing out.
Carolina Sr.: She has her own style, which I think is very important. She’s a trendsetter. She used to wear black all day long and every night. Do you remember what your father used to say? “Are you in mourning?”
Carolina Jr.: I loved sleeping, so I would get dressed the night before for school.
Carolina Sr.: One day I came in early in the morning and found her all dressed up lying in her bed, and her fingernails were black.
Carolina Jr.: It was very ugly.
Carolina Sr.: I thought it was very avant-garde, so I didn’t like it. But now we usually agree.
Carolina Jr.: Well…
Carolina Sr.:…most of the time.
Julie, Jennie & Melanie Eisenhower
Lecturer-writer Julie Nixon Eisenhower, 48, who has been married to writer-professor David for 28 years, frequently takes tips from daughters Jennie, 18 (a theater arts major at Northwestern University), and Melanie, 12.
Julie: Jennie and Melanie have a better sense of style than I ever did. My mother [First Lady Pat Nixon, who died in 1993] thought it was vain to put time in on your appearance. I didn’t wear eye makeup or mascara until I was 30. Seriously.
Melanie: Now Mom gives me good advice, but she had to catch up with what kids my age were wearing.
Jennie: She’d be like, “Oh, I like that pink neon outfit!”
Julie: Jennie tells me whether my hair looks better one way or another. Of course, she doesn’t take my advice on her hair, but that’s Okay.
Jennie: I have very curly hair, and once my mother was really into bangs above the eyebrow. So they cut them on the eyebrows, and she said, “No, like an inch more.” I tried to slick them back, and I looked like Julius Caesar.
Melanie: I felt so bad for you. Mom tried to cheer you up by taking you to McDonald’s.
Jennie: She made me wait until I was 12 to get my ears pierced!
Julie: And you think that was such a huge sacrifice?
Jennie: But she always let me be my own person. It’s not like, “Hey, don’t do this.” It’s more like, “Mom, what should I do?”
Julie: My mother was always saying, “Please don’t let them watch MTV.” But kids have to be part of their world. They have to know what’s going on.
Ivana Mazzucchelli & Ivanka Trump
“Most of the time I just roll out of bed and go, “says high school freshman Ivanka Trump, 15, an Elite model who currently represents Sasson’s clothing line. But her entrepreneur mother, Ivana Mazzucchelli, 48, the former Mrs. Donald Trump, believes that beauty comes from “discipline. You have to exercise, get your hair done, get a massage.”
Ivana: Teenagers have their own style. I always encourage Ivanka to read the magazines, see what is au courant. I could make her a little doll, but I want her to be an independent person.
Ivanka: My mom, no matter what’s going on, she always makes that effort to look beautiful, she always has the perfect makeup, her hair is done. And I think that’s admirable because I would never have the patience to do that every morning.
Ivana: (looking at her toes, which are gleaming with black-red nail polish): She pursues me to have this—look at this horror—she wants me to have the Vamp. I just tried it, I hate it!
Ivanka: I told her about the nail polish two years ago, and look how long it took her to think about it before she tried it! And now she hates it.
Ivana: Ivanka is a good girl. She never did anything which offended me totally. But once Ivanka says she’s going to have the belly button pierced. I said, “Out of the question! Basta! Finito!” And that’s it.
To a mother, everything is best about her daughter. When she was born, I looked at her hands, and she had beautiful hands. She also has legs which are forever, long, long legs, which is fabulous. But the most important thing is that she’s confident, and it shows.