Ric Pipino, the ex-husband of German-American supermodel Heidi Klum, is an internationally renowned Australian celebrity hair stylist who is sought out by celebrities all over the world for his ability to create sexy long layers and fuss free-hair style. Starting in his native town of Sydney, he has achieved success in London, Miami, and later in New York, where he is currently based in. He opened the first 'Pipino' salon at the Shore Club in Miami, in 2002, and eventually expanded to other locations, reaching downtown Manhattan in the spring of 2009. Throughout his long career, he has worked with several top models, actors and celebrities including Bridget Monahan, Petra Nemcova, Diane Lane, Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, Donna Karan, Chelsea Leyland, Jamie Pressly, Elizabeth Banks, Christie Brinkley and Jane Krakowski. He has collaborated with fashion designers like Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller and Rosa Cha, as well as fashion photographers Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, Sante D’Orazio and Annie Leibovitz. His work has been featured on leading magazines, such as 'Vogue', 'Elle', 'Cosmopolitan', 'Glamour', 'Playboy' and 'GQ'. He co-founded the first luxury mobile salon, Hairstream, with partner, Gil Haziza, in May 2015 and launched his newest salon, Hairspace, at Gurney's Montauk July 2016. He had a small role in the 2001 comedy film 'Zoolander' and had appeared in a documentary about his ex-wife, Heidi Klum, on 'E! True Hollywood Story'.
Rise to Stardom
Ric Pipino began his career as a hairdresser in his home city of Sydney, Australia, but moved to London, United Kingdom, after being in the profession for four years. Within a short period of time, he made a name for himself thanks to his "shear magic", which helped him get featured on elite magazines, such as 'British Vogue' and 'Harper’s & Queen'. Riding on his success in the UK, he moved to New York, United States in 1981 and settled there. In the next two decades, he built a reputation as one of the “it” stylists in the industry and attracted Hollywood's top celebrities as customers.
He worked with renowned fashion designers and photographers, and had layouts in prestigious magazines. He also regularly worked backstage at the New York and Miami Fashion Weeks. Eventually in 2002, he decided to open a salon under his name and launched 'Pipino' at the Shore Club in Miami. By the end of the decade, he had expanded his business to open his second location, 'Pipino Nolita', in downtown New York, his new home city. He partnered with Patrick Melville in February 2013 to re-brand the new location as 'Melville Pipino Salon'. He expanded the business further in May 2015 when he partnered with Gil Haziza to launch the first luxury mobile salon, 'Hairstream'.
He has earned partnership deals from brands such as Allure, Gurney's, LeSportsac and S.Pellegrino. In July 2016, he opened his newest salon 'Hairspace' at Gurney's Montauk. He currently works from his Manhattan and Montauk locations, and also travels around the globe frequently to provide on location services to his international clients. He is evidently doing great in his field as he recently put up ads seeking interns to expand the Ric Pipino team.
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Ric Pipino was born in Sydney, Australia. While he was brought up there and spent much of his early youth there, he eventually traveled overseas to follow his passion and currently resides in New York. For his work, he often travels between locations, such as New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Mexico, Panama, and Colombia.
Ric Pipino was reportedly involved in a long-term relationship with German-born American supermodel and actress, Heidi Klum, in the 1990s. The couple finally got married in a traditional German wedding at Stone Ridge in upstate New York on September 6, 1997. After five years of marriage, the couple announced their spilt in November that year. The divorce was finalized in 2003, but they remained amicable. They did not have any children. After the split, he began seeing M.A.C. Cosmetics’ executive director, Jenne Lombardo, with whom he went on to have three kids: a daughter named Roxie J’Amie Pipino (born in November 2005), and two sons, Bowie Vincent Pipino (born in March 2007) and Valentine Pipino. He loves to spend time with his kids and often posts pictures with them on his Instagram account. He told in an interview that "Being a father has been the most incredible experience of my life". However, according to recent reports, he and Jenne have separated already, but co-parent the kids together. It is also rumored that his longtime girlfriend may be bisexual.