Vera Wang defies age in the February issue of Harper's Bazaar. Douglas Freidman/Harper’s Bazaar
You probably already know that Vera Wang is a famous fashion designer, best known for her dazzling (and often outrageously expensive) bridal gowns. But you probably have no idea how old she is ... and if you had to figure it out by looking at her, your guess would probably begin with the number four.
Turns out the fashion mogul is actually 62 years old, but you'd never believe it from the recent photo shoot she did with Harper's Bazaar where Wang shows off her sleek and swanky new Beverly Hills home as well as her slim figure in a strapless swimsuit.
I am not the sort of woman who would wear high heels with a bathing suit. Let's get that straight right now," she says in the magazine's February issue. Well, with a body like that, she should be!
While Wang insists she's still very much a New Yorker, she explains in the interview that she purchased her new 90210 abode (which once belonged to Burt Reynolds) last summer as a "zen escape."Wang poses in front of her sleek new L.A. home. Douglas Freidman/Harper’s Bazaar
"New York for me is about work. If L.A. were to become a West Coast version of that, I'd shoot myself," says Wang. "The climate, the lifestyle — it really fits as the yin to my New York yang."
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But it was the home's billion-dollar view of the entire city that eventually sold her on the home -- the same view that serves as the backdrop in the poolside photo she still can't get over submitting to, especially considering her usually covered-up style.
"I wanted to wear a corset from [fellow designer] Alexander Wang, whom I like a great deal. I was thinking it would be over a legging or a boyish short, but the next thing I knew, I was there in a swimsuit," she laughs, explaining her initial intentions for the picture. "The funny thing is that I'm the girl who no one sees at the beach. Ask anyone who's traveled with me. Normally, I'm in so many layers, I look like Lawrence of Arabia!"
Wang, in her usual, more covered-up style. Douglas Freidman/Harper’s Bazaar