The Interview — Jill Martin, Television Personality, Sportscaster, Fashion Expert, and Author
Jill Martin is an Emmy Award-winning television personality, sportscaster, fashion expert, and co-author of the New York Times best-selling style guide "I Have Nothing to Wear!," "Fashion for Dummies," and “The Weekend Makeover." She is a broadcaster for the New York Knicks and is well known for her wildly popular “Ambush Makeover” and "Steals and Deals" segments on TODAY. Jill is also the Creative Director of G.I.L.I. (Got It. Love it.), a contemporary fashion and accessories line for QVC. The New York Times recently did an article describing Jill's hard-to-follow schedule! Most recently, Jill joined forces with Tracy Anderson to launch Tracy Anderson for G.I.L.I. with Jill Martin—Activewear, debuting June 5th on QVC.com. The collection features 12 styles (think bodysuits, high-waisted leggings and French terry jogger pants) in designer-inspired prints and playful pops of color. Jill and Tracy designed the collection to give women of all shapes and sizes a fashionable, versatile alternative to traditional workout wear. “Being healthy, working out and eating right is the nicest gift to yourself every day. Tracy and I want you to be able to start that process right—and that starts with what you wear,” said Martin. In addition to being a fashion authority, TV personality, best-selling author and creative director, Martin is very passionate about leading a healthy and active lifestyle. She takes Tracy’s classes and mixes in activities like trampoline boxing, paddle boarding and yoga. Jill splits time between her homes in NYC and Southampton. You can follow Jill Martin on Instagram @jillmartin!
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What do you love most about your work:
I am truly so beyond grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given. I love how many different buckets I get to dip into and the different kinds of people and situations I get to experience every single day. My life feels like a circus most times and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Walk us through a typical work day:
I wake up at 5 a.m. and head to the Today Show around 5:30 a.m. After my segment, I typically head to QVC in Pennsylvania for meetings and for on-air shows. If it is Knicks season, I might have a game at night or one of our Garden of Dreams charity events. (When people ask why I don’t have children yet, now you know why….I already have 3 babies!).
Who has had the biggest impact on your career:
I would say Amy Rosenblum. She was my first boss at the Maury Povich Show. The first person who really believed I could make it in this industry. I am forever grateful to her.
Best piece of career advice for women:
If you get a “no” just use that as a jumping off point!
Your go-to power outfit:
Jeans, pumps, tee shirt & blazer
Your favorite place to shop for basics:
My line for QVC: G.I.L.I. (got it love it).
A secret talent we should know about:
I was all-state clarinet and president of the marching band.
Share your biggest guilty pleasure:
I eat candy. Lots of it and old-school style. Pixi sticks, ring pops, fun dip, rock candy…you name it!
What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:
I met the love of my life 9 months ago. He lives in Boston, so I cherish my morning phone calls from him. When I see his name pop up on facetime it’s the most exciting part of my day.
What’s on your nightstand:
On my nightstand: glasses, battery-operated candles, water & my kindle.