It was always about my career life—I thought people could take me seriously because they'd see I'm a hard-working girl.Then when I chose to do The City, I took the next step to show my personal life. She said, "Be yourself, keep your eye out for people who are just trying to do this for fame, and use this opportunity to your fullest advantage to help you do what you're passionate about doing."17: Is that why you started designing?
When the show started, Port was in a relationship with her then-boyfriend, Jay Lyon.
But they broke up halfway through the first season.
But she revealed to Seventeen that she wants to prove that she's much stronger, smarter, and more real than she's ever been before.17: How different is your life since The Hills?
WhitneyPort: When I went on The Hills, I never showed my personal life.
WhitneyPort and Lauren Conrad starred in The Hills and due to its massive success, MTV launched a spin-off called The City.