Devorah Rose living her American Dream, wants to help others live theirs

Social Life magazine editor Devorah Rose made the front page of the New York Post last December when she was taken to task by "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie for tweeting about their dinner date.

A nasty he said/she said ensued in the pages of the paper's Page Six gossip column, something Rose told was "unfortunate."

Luckily, Rose has other pursuits to keep her mind occupied. Besides editing a luxury magazine about the good life in the Hamptons on New York's Long Island, Rose is involved in new lingerie and bikini lines.

"I was really honored when they asked me to be the face of Priscillia Jade [lingerie]," Rose said. "I've worked with Daniela Brazil, a bikini line featured in Sports Illustrated, now I'm involved with Pricilla Jade, and I'm going to be coming out with a capsule swimsuit line."

Pretty good for a girl who didn't even learn to speak English until her parents moved her to the U.S. when she was in grade school.

"I was born in Plano, Texas and moved to Venezuela when I was three months old, " Rose said. "My father is Guatemalan and my mother is Venezuelan. I came back to the States when I was six or seven, and didn't know a word of English. It was really scary at first."

Rose said learning the language was a challenge, but once she did, she never looked back, and ended up getting degrees in English and writing.

"I'm so lucky to be here," she said. "I have had so many amazing opportunities. I love this country. It's amazing."

Rose is also making sure she uses her opportunities to help others looking for a leg up in the fashion and media worlds.

"I am someone who came to America and fulfilled my American Dream, and now I want to help a lot of up and coming talent," she said.

The subject of several reality shows, including an episode of the hit "Cake Boss," Rose also had advice for reality stars like the Kardashians whose shows seem to thrive on the base and banal.

"It's important for shows to have creativity and talent because the viewer can really root for them and get involved," she said. "I really think viewers want to watch something they can look up to and aspire to. I think that's the trick."

Not bad for a girl from Plano.