100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Vala Durvett

While working in nightlife might sound like a dream gig to some, it isn´t for everyone, warns Vala Durvett. ″There are certain qualities one must have to be in the nightlife business… Most people prefer to attend parties rather than work at them, but not me. I actually feel uncomfortable, like I should be doing something.″ Durvett has been ″doing something″ for over a decade now, starting at Crobar where she was a bottle service host. Today, at 29, she runs The DL, one of New York´s top rooftop lounges; she also launched and manages the party series Lurk. ″I like to select four to five DJs, all different in culture, personality and sound, who would normally throw their own parties. By bringing them together at Lurk, I am giving you a taste of the whole community, the L, G, B and T. I want people to feel comfortable with one another, but I also like to encourage people to get out of their shells a bit more.″ Durvett, who married French journalist Marie Rousseau in 2013, says her home life is one of the major keys to her success. ″When you work in nightlife, it´s important to have someone at home to ground you. My wife is my stability. I´m very blessed.″ -GH

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