Featured Expert: Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin


by Elysian Magazine

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, a seventh-generation descendant of shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, is an American singer, composer, songwriter, designer, actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur. 

At a young age, Consuelo studied with famous singing teachers such as Ron Anderson and Seth Riggs; she went to Italy and studied music in Fiesole and began performing in cafes and restaurants around Florence. At age 21, she signed her first record deal in London, and after many years of touring the globe, she launched her own record label, C&R Productions, and found herself in the top 20 Billboard Dance Charts. Consuelo’s debut single “Naked” spent 16 weeks on the charts, while her follow-up “Feel So Alive” earned her Billboard’s No. 2 Breakout Artist honor. Her latest hit, “Body Needs,” broke Billboard’s Top 5. 

To further her entrepreneurial spirit, Consuelo released a jewelry collection inspired by the Vanderbilt family heirlooms on HSN in 2015. The Homage line pays tribute to the prestigious family history. 

In addition to her successful music career and jewelry line, Consuelo is co-founder of SohoMuse, a member-driven social networking platform for creative professionals. The platform launched in 2017 for creative professionals to have the ability to network and collaborate across various creative industries. Since its introduction, the platform has garnered thousands of memberships from globally renowned designers, artists, musicians, and directors to dancers, makeup artists and more, who have collaborated on projects ranging from New York and London Fashion Week experiences to television and film productions, photoshoots and more. 

Recently, the platform launched its Virtual Entertainment Series, “SohoMuse Presents VOICES,” where creatives from various industries can hold powerful discussions and live performances around important issues our country is facing – from women’s rights to diversity and more. To date, the entertainment series has partnered with artists including Linda Perry, Ja Rule, Doug E. Fresh, Vin Rock, NBA icon Isiah Thomas and many other influential personalities. 

Consuelo is on the board of the Vanderbilt Museum, the Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California, and works closely with the American Heart Association. She has been featured in Vogue, Town & Country, Prestige, PAPER and Raine Magazine

Through her connections with artists around the world in a broad range of creative industries from fashion to music, Consuelo has been acquainted with many different cultures, art forms, and styles. She has been heavily involved with the fashion industry for years. Having a modeling career and attending fashion shows from prominent designers has given her the ability to develop her own taste and style expertise.

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