"A lot of people have said to me, ‘You look better now than before your diagnosis,’" the reality star revealed in an interview with omg!. "And I thought maybe it’s because I’m so much happier. I think that I dodged a major bullet."
In fact, after Giuliana, 37, endured a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery to treat her breast cancer, she was back at E!, where she also anchors "E! News," only two weeks later something even she wasn’t sure she’d be able to do the night before.
- Photos: Celebs Are 2 Hot 2 Handle On the Red Carpet: She’s even starting a charity, a kind of Make-A-Wish Foundation for adults called Fab-U-Wish, for other women in a similar situation. "Listen, obviously I’m not curing cancer and I’m not pretending to, but I thought there’s really a void when it comes to breast cancer charities," she explained. "[I want to] do things to put smiles on these women’s faces while they’re going through tough therapy and horrible diagnoses.
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"I actually believe that to be a real fashionista you have to be on best dressed lists, of course, but you also have to be on the worst dressed lists, because I think it means you’re taking chances," said Giuliana, who names Rachel Roy among her favorite designers. "If you’re constantly just kind of middle of the road, making safe choices, you’re not a real fashionista."
- Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Diet, Botox, and Motherhood: Her style obsession carries over into home decor, where Giuliana is promoting the new Glade Expressions line of fragrance mists and oil diffusers in scents such as lavender and juniper berry (which she has at home) and pineapple and mangosteen (which she keeps in her E! office).
Speaking of home, Giuliana and her husband of four years, "The Apprentice" winner Bill Rancic, have made his hometown of Chicago theirs, at least when they’re not in L.A. And as if they didn’t have enough going on, within the next month the couple is set to open a restaurant in the Windy City called RPM Italian, a modern eatery with small plates instead of the huge portions guests often get when eating Italian.
"As far as the cancer stuff, I don’t think we’re gonna go very heavy on that. It can tend to get a little depressing, and I really am anything but depressed," she said. "I don’t feel like a victim. I don’t want to portray that on TV either, you know?"
New episodes of "Giuliana and Bill" begin April 2.