Back in the early 2000′s, I used to catch up with a group friends that included Rebecca Minkoff. These were the days when she was dreaming up her destiny as a young fashion designer and I thought I would be a lawyer. Even then she was a lathe babe oozing West Coast chic. Talk of Scientology and being friends with Jenna Elfman always left my Midwestern, corn-fed sensibilities yearning for sushi and yoga in some LA neighborhood.
(Copied as is; I think she means lithe not lathe) fromhttp://eyeforeden.wordpress.com/tag/rebecca-minkoff/
My comment: Like Rebecca, I have claimed I was "from" my birth state rather than from Florida. Years of comparing peoples' reactions taught me that Northerners think Floridians are there to cook their restaurant meals, make their hotel-room beds, pick their oranges, shoot each other in Miami, capture dog-eating alligators, and do "weird-news" things. So, I can sympathize that like many people, Rebecca is spinning her story to add glamour and subract Florida.
I doubt that she did much in LA besides maybe visit her brother at Hubbard College of Management, and fend off pleas to join Sea Org. If anyone knows how she met Jenna Elfman, please let me know. Obviously it was a Scientology link.
I believe Rebecca's and her father Dr. David Minkoff made a plan for her to get out of Clearwater and not join Sea Org. Dr. M. was likely the go-to doctor who would treat the Sea Org injuries without raising a fuss about worker safety. Dr. M. may have been appalled by the poor condition of Sea Org workers needing emergency care. It is hard to miss gum disease, overwork, and exhaustion. The Lisa McPherson horror was the climax, and the end, of Dr. M.'s role as medical safety net for Flag neglect. The scandal raged from 1995 to 1997, when Rebecca was about 15 to 17. I think it steeled him to get Rebecca even out of Clearwater, going to Gibbs High School, far south in St. Petersburg. Gibbs has the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, so there was lots of creative work in costumes and more for the theatrical performances. But mainly nobody at Gibbs knew who Rebecca or her Dad was, and she could at least get that high school diploma to have some chance at a career.
Once she got that internship, her path in real life opened up to her. I believe few would join Sea Org if they had as sweet a PAID internship as Rebecca got.
It may be that CoS rewarded Dr. M. and his children, for Dr. M. not speaking out against the Church of Scientology, except for the necessary mild criticism about Lisa's condition. CoS members bought overpriced vitamins from Dr. M., helping keep his fall-back clinic in business. Look at the support for son Uri - a partnership with a real software whiz Paul McDaniel. Look at the support for Rebecca - Jenna Elfman, Craig Taylor and his doting CEO Christina Kumi, plus other CoS celebs buying and praising her handbags.* Gavin Bellour, a Scientology actor, MARRIED her. All these things happen in a web (a spider web, with sticky threads) of tribal loyalties.
It's an odd situation - she has been quiet about Scientology for years, but she owes her career and her marriage to it.