Zita d’Hauteville's Model Life
The French socialite-turned-model gives a peek into her jet-set life.
With her lanky frame and pouty beauty, Zita d’Hauteville was often told she should model. “But I wasn’t sure enough of myself to go into an agency. Fortunately, they came to me, so I didn’t have to do it,” says the 19-year-old, who was scouted via Facebook. The daughter of the Oxygen watches owner Eric d’Hauteville—who also happens to be a French count—and the Belgian arts consultant Isabelle de Séjournet, d’Hauteville divides her time between her native Paris, Brussels, Gstaad, and a country house near Biarritz, juggling shoots for Glamour UK and Madame Figaro with her university economics studies. She plans to move to England next year to pursue a business degree from the University College London. And then there is her social life: In 2013, she came out at the Bal des Débutantes at the Hôtel de Crillon, in Paris, wearing a dark blue haute couture Vivienne Westwood gown. She was well prepared for the event, having attended plenty of similar ones in recent years, often with her mother. “I have maybe two or three balls a year. We really like them; you can meet people, and you’re partying in beautiful places,” she says, quick to add, “but it’s not my everyday life.”