Top Social Media Influencer / Blogger: Hilary Rowland


Hilary Rowland: The Woman Behind Urbanette®

In a two-dimensional digital world, I’ll do my best to give you an idea of who I am.


Hi! I’m Hilary Rowland, the person behind all of this feminist fabulousness (jk).

As an equal rights activist, my purpose is to help educate and inspire women on the critical issues of self-esteem and female leadership. In keeping with these goals, I decided to use Urbanette® profits to help women in developing countries become entrepreneurs.

Hilary Rowland: The Woman Behind Urbanette®

In a two-dimensional digital world, I’ll do my best to give you an idea of who I am.

  • I launched the first ever online “magazine” back in 1995. Yup, you’re looking at it 😉 Here’s a bit of the magazine’s (and my) history. Around the same time I also launched the first ever online portfolio website, which is still going strong, but I no longer run.
  • I’ve been writing since I was little, and I also contribute to a other publications, like Huff Post.
  • I’m a country girl at heart, living a city girl’s life. I grew up in farm country Ontario, Canada.
  • I move a lot because I want to explore the world, and have been an expat most of my adult life.
    • When I was 18 I moved to Toronto.
    • A few years later I decided I wanted more adventure in my life, so I moved to Manhattan. Over the 10 years I spent in NYC, I went from knowing nobody to feeling like a genuine New Yorker…
    • After a decade in NYC, my NYC-born husband and I decided to try out life in Europe.
    • We split our time between France, Switzerland, and Italy.
  • My mother is a whip-smart and highly opinionated artist, businesswoman, and advice-giver. My father is an author, journalist, and professor of business ethics and philosophical thinking. They both passed along their activist and artistic strengths (obsessions) to me.
  • I hate wasting time in salons, so I cut and color my own hair. It’s much easier than it looks!
Hilary Rowland: The Woman Behind Urbanette®

In Provence, summer 2017, photo taken by Michael Rowland

  • Richard Branson is my mentor and a constant source of inspiration. He’s an incredibly thoughtful man and I wish I got to hang with him more often. Follow his blog here.
  • I was a geek in high school (kinda still), and had a hard time fitting in.
  • I’m very happily married to my soul mate (they exist!) He’s a contributor to Forbes, Conscious Magazine, and others (including Urbanette!)
  • Yes, I’m friends with a lot of Hollywood movie stars and heartthrobs… I don’t really have much in the way of advice to give on that front, other than move to NYC, where you can’t spit without hitting a celeb.
  • I wish that the world were like Shallow Hal, and that people’s outer representations reflected how much love and empathy they have in them.
  • I have green eyes with a ring of amber, and I’d love to use that eyelash enhancing stuff, but I’m afraid it’ll turn my eyes completely brown (and I recently realized that castor oil does the same thing without the side-effects!).
  • I love animals (which is why I’m vegan) and know that my life wouldn’t have been the same without my super lovable cats. (Rescue, don’t buy!)
  • I have way too much clothing, though I bought it almost all on eBay (my strategy let me score designer duds for about 90% off!) I love a bargain!
  • I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was a teenager, and so I’ve never had a ‘real’ job.
  • My brain is always running and if I wasn’t super busy I’d probably be bored silly.
Hilary Rowland: The Woman Behind Urbanette®

In Greece, summer 2017, photo taken by my hubby, Michael Rowland

Check out the most recent articles I’ve written, comment below with your thoughts, or skip back to the homepage to see the latest.

A few personal articles to start with:

Hilary Rowland: The Woman Behind Urbanette®

In Provence, with my hubby, summer 2017

Check out hashtag #HilaryRowland for pics and videos on all the social media sites. xo

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 49 Comments

  1. Frederica Pellman

    Beautiful inside and out. Or as the Romans used to say, mens sana in corpore sano!! Keep on trucking beautiful lady..

  2. Fumi Rita Ariba

    Wow quite inspiring. Am encouraged.

  3. “I wish that the world were like Shallow Hal, and that people’s outer representations reflected how much love and empathy they have in them.” Holy cow! I’ve found my soul sister. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so happy to have found you and your amazing ‘zine!

  4. Anila William

    If you’re not busy, you’re bored? OMG! I like the way you think. It’s very competitive, and passionate. No wonder you’re so successful!!

  5. Jurik Smith

    My father is a writer too, but his talent never passed on to me. I love writing, but writing doesn’t like me. Ha!

    • Everyone has their thing… I hope you’ve found something you’re passionate about too!

  6. Cristina Joseff

    I always wait for your articles weekly. My friends introduced your magazine to me, and after reading a few articles, I got hooked on it 🙂

  7. Paul Daiz

    Your life is very inspiring. You worked hard for your dreams, and you deserve all your achievements today.

    • Thank you! I certainly do work really hard, but it’s enjoyable work, so I don’t mind!

  8. Wow! Is your husband a contributor at Forbes too? Cmon! You’re such a lucky woman here. Your life is almost perfect!

    • Ha! Nobody’s life is perfect… I’ve had a lot to deal with (like cancer, for one), but I think a positive outlook makes all the difference. ❤

  9. Nancy Smith

    Seriously? You’re a geek when you are in high school? Well, it doesn’t look like you were. You’re beautiful, and adventurous woman, plus you have an amazing social life.

  10. Your parents must be so proud of what you have achieved in life. You’re such a very talented, and inspiring person plus, you helped a lot of people from the third-world country.

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