Cindy Harrell Horn in her modeling days on a 1982 issue of Hamptons.
Since its inception 35 years ago, Hamptons has worked to celebrate, captivate, and connect with the East End community. As we look back over the past three-plus decades, there’s no better person to kick off this milestone summer season than fundraiser and activist Cindy Harrell Horn, whose combination of glamour and giving-back runs parallel to the long-standing mission of our magazine.
Harrell Horn, whose first taste of our pastoral paradise was on a location shoot in Sag Harbor in 1975, recalls a bucolic setting. “All the scenery—the grass and the dunes—it was just so beautiful,” she says. Returning to the Hamptons throughout the ’70s before becoming our cover star on July 15, 1982, Harrell Horn recognized Hamptons for its efforts to foster community involvement among the young summer set. “It was already the go-to magazine by the time I was on the cover,” she remembers. “You didn’t come out here without reading through it to see where to go, where to eat, who’s going to be here, and where all the action was.”
With her modeling career behind her by the end of the ’80s, Harrell Horn turned her focus to philanthropy, founding the Environmental Media Association and sitting on boards at Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council, among others. “We’re trying to educate as many environmental problem solvers as possible,” she says. Harrell Horn knows firsthand that our idyllic summer setting is a landscape worth preserving. She, like many, recalls summer Saturdays starting with fresh tomatoes from Halsey’s Green Thumb Organic Farm before afternoons on the tennis court at the Meadow Club and nights eating ice cream at the Sip ’n Soda. But it all started with Hamptons, many years ago. “Being on the cover was just pure fun,” she says. “It was nice to be a small part of what was going on—gravy on what is already a great place.”