Being in the spotlight isn't something that Pippa Middleton had in mind until her sister married a prince and she wore a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress that featured an "asset" of hers. In a rare interview, Kate Middleton's sister talked to You magazine about her newfound fame.
The 29-year-old states, "It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom."
However, that hasn't stopped her from moving forward with her career goals, which include the release of her new party-planning book, Celebrate: A Year Of Festivities For Families And Friends.
The book deal, which was sealed last year with publisher Michael Joseph, netted Pippa over $640,000. It developed from her writing a monthly newsletter for her family's party-supply business, Party Pieces, and her work with an event-planning company, Table Talk. Her tome gives tips on home entertaining, and it includes family stories with glossy photos to add a more personal touch.
Middleton does realize that some will only think she is riding her sister's famous coattails, yet she seems rooted in reality when she says, "I know many of you will pick up the book out of nothing more than curiosity." She goes on to say, "One day I might be able to make sense of this. In the meantime, I think it's fair to say that it has its upside and its downside. I certainly have opportunities many can only dream of — but in most ways, I'm a typical girl in her 20s trying to forge a career and represent herself in what can sometimes seem rather strange circumstances."
The maid of honor not only stole the show at her sister's royal wedding with her fit and lean body in April 2011, but she has made tabloid headlines for dating some of London's most eligible and rich bachelors.
Middleton's venture will hit shelves on Oct. 30 in the U.S., as a 400-page coffee-table book selling for $50.
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