The 24-year-old American show jumping champion (she’s a substitute to the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team!) has been named the new brand ambassador for Polo Ralph Lauren, a natural fit for the equestrian. Springsteen describes the Polo girl as “modern, spirited and chic,” and with just one scroll through her Instagram feed, its clear she has all those qualities.
Below, seven things we learned during a recent interview with the star, plus, her first photos as Polo Ralph Lauren’s brand ambassador, co-starring her 8-year-old horse Dusty (who “loves to be in front of the camera!)
• The first person she calls with big career news isn’t The Boss — it’s her cousin!
“My cousin Angela’s like a sister to me and someone I always share important moments with.”
• The Springsteen children were known to wear matching Polo Ralph Lauren gear.
“My brothers and I used to all have this beige sweater with an American flag on it. We would all wear them together at the beach and pool in the summers when it was a little bit chilly! We wore them forever.”
• She can describe her style in 3.5 words.
“Laid back, classic, youthful — sometimes with a little edge!”
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• Her Junior Prom dress is still hanging in her closet.
“I have a tough time getting rid of anything, although there are a lot of things that I should get rid of. I try to stick to the rule that if you haven’t worn it in a year, it has to be given away. But I still have my dress from junior prom! It’s definitely time for that to go. It was a white and grey bandage dress. I haven’t worn it since, but I kept it thinking I might! I think I picked it pretty quickly, I wasn’t as into fashion as much back then.”
• She wears one special piece of jewelry when she competes.
“I am not too superstitious, but I always ride my horses earlier in the day to see how they’re feeling. If I have time I’ll go for a little jog. As far as good luck charms, I have a necklace that my grandma gave me that I make sure I’m wearing for big competitions.”
• She steals from her musician mom’s [Patti Scialfa!] closet.
“There’s this Ralph Lauren brown suede fringe bag that she got from a friend a few years ago. It is the perfect size and so easy to wear.”
• Christy Turlington is her style icon.
“She defines effortless beauty and style, and I think she is an incredible role model for women helping women, with her charity Every Mother Counts.”
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