The 18-year-old wasn't allowed to model until last year

By Jillian Ruffo
Updated December 19, 2019 06:46 AM
Delilah Hamlin for Teen Vogue
Credit: Teen Vogue

Judging by her long, blonde, Rapunzel-esque strands, it’s safe to say Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s daughter Delilah Hamlin hasn’t yet taken hair cues from her famously flippy-coiffed mother. But the aspiring singer and model turns to her mom for other style guidance — like outfit approval before she goes anywhere.

“I always go to her for fashion advice, but I don’t know if I should,” the model (who poses in Rihanna’s Manolo Blahnik denim boot chaps), tells “Before I leave the house, I always ask, ‘Is this cute?’ And she says, ‘You always look cute.’ And I’m like, ‘Seriously, I need to know! Is this cute?'”

As far as Hamlin’s career goes, however, Rinna has had a much larger impact on her choices. Hamlin says that it wasn’t until she was well into her teenage years that her mom let her step into the spotlight.

Delilah Hamlin for Teen Vogue
Credit: Teen Vogue

“My mom didn’t let me model until I was 17,” she says. “She knew the culture and the industry because she’s been in it for so long, and she didn’t really want me to get in it too early. She wanted me to mature more and understand things more, and not be so naïve going into it. It is a difficult culture with body type and body image, and she wanted me to wait until I was older.”

Now, the 18-year-old is focused on building her singing and modeling careers (which she’s more interested in than acting at the moment). But looking back, the star admits that even the daughters of famous actresses can find their way into disastrous beauty blunders — and she had her fair share.

“When I was younger in preschool, I went over to my friend’s house and we were playing barbershop,” she explains. “My sister was 3 or younger and had no hair because she was a baby. I was like, ‘I want to look like my sister,’ but didn’t think it was going to be a legit thing. My friend literally chopped off all my hair, and I was like, ‘I want to look like Prince Charming.’”

For the full story, head over to Teen Vogue. And tell us: What do you think of Hamlin’s up-and-coming modeling career?