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 am also the Editor-at-Large of Forbes Monaco, and organize everything fashion-related for the publication, including editorial, photo shoots, advertising, etc.
  • I’ve been writing since I was little, and I also contribute to a other publications, like Huff Post.
  • I’m very happily married to my soul mate (they exist!) He’s a contributor to Forbes USA and Forbes Monaco.
  • 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 move a lot because I want to explore the world, and have been an expat most of my adult life.
    • I grew up in farm country Ontario, Canada.
    • 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.
    • In 2018, we moved to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
  • My mother is a whip-smart and highly opinionated artist, businesswoman, and advice-giver. My father was an investigative journalist, author, 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 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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 51 Comments

  1. Hilary,
    I love Urbanette. It’s intelligent and unique for its true attention to women’s freedom.
    Thank you

  2. Hannah Meyers

    I love how you grew up humbly in Ontario and maintain the zen amidst the New York craziness! 😀

  3. Trish Potter

    Wow, you started being busy very young! Do you ever do any speaking engagements at conferences, etc to tell about your experiences and give advice for other young budding entrepreneurs?

  4. You’re just full of awesomeness, Hilary. 😀

  5. Love the photo, Hilary!

  6. Hil! Ryan Gosling asked me how you’re doing… 😉

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