Offcamera, Whitney has already proven that she has book smarts—she graduated with a degree in gender studies from the University of Southern California (after trying out communications, business, and fine arts first), and that she's talented—this month marks the one-year anniversary of her clothing line, Whitney Eve, which she is wearing in these photos.
But she revealed to Seventeen that she wants to prove that she's much stronger, smarter, and more real than she's ever been before.17: How different is your life since The Hills?
As the show comes back this fall for its second cycle, her life is full of drama.
She is quitting her job at Diane von Furstenberg and starting at the public relations firm People's Revolution under the critical eye of Kelly Cutrone, who will also mentor Whitney as she builds her own fashion line.
By Carissa Rosenberg Whitney Port doesn't know how to be fake.
When she starred on MTV's hit series The Hills, she was the only friend of Lauren Conrad who never caused any phony drama, and who wasn't afraid to give Lauren tough love.
She is getting over her flaky musician ex, Jay, and has started dating like crazy.
It was Whitney who told her to take the summer internship in Paris instead of hanging out with her loser boyfriend, Jason; who said she was better off without Heidi in her life; who convinced Lauren that if you don't feel "the spark" with a guy you are dating, you should just move on.
Now on her own show, The City, Whitney needs a little of her own advice.
Whitney Port: When I went on The Hills, I never showed my personal life.
It was always about my career life—I thought people could take me seriously because they'd see I'm a hard-working girl.
Then when I chose to do The City, I took the next step to show my personal life. She said, "Be yourself, keep your eye out for people who are just trying to do this for fame, and use this opportunity to your fullest advantage to help you do what you're passionate about doing."17: Is that why you started designing?
But I like to think that people will keep taking me seriously because I've shown that my head is still screwed on straight, I am motivated, and I do have a serious job.17: Did Lauren give you any advice? WP: I'm not designing clothes because I am on a reality show.