I met Fashion Director of US Elle Samira 20 years ago when I moved to New York back in my heady high fashion days. She was assisting a stylist I knew and we had many work friends in common. Montreal-born, she also shares my Trinidadian heritage, and we recently reconnected via instagram.
I have so many but one that is particularly dear to me since my dad’s passing last March is him taking me to the Clinique counter at The Bay (in Montreal) to buy me a skin care products. He really believed in the importance of me taking care of my skin and as he didn’t know how to teach me himself, he brought me there for the woman at the counter to teach me. I must have been 11 or 12-years-old.
I feel safe and happy.
I find women who are able to embrace their age, and flaws with humour and grace the most beautiful and chic. I am never going to be 20 or even 30 again.
I’m ok with that. My face and my body tell that story. Sure there are many days when I wish I was a little skinnier and wish my face were a little smoother but then I remind myself that the women I most admire are not younger than me.
Every day I see countless examples of beauty from all walks of life.
I can’t really recall her routine but she always wore (and still does) red lipstick, and kept her nails short with red polish. To this day, I have a love affair for short, red nails and somehow have to stop myself from not giving every model I shoot short red nails in the pictures. I even have red nail polish in my stylist kit.
Not just black but where are the women of mixed race? Where are the Arabs? Where are the Asians?
It’s probably running right now but I’m ok with that. I love mascara and like a smudgy eye.
Dark eyes remind me of my dad.
(Samira told intothegloss.com “I never cover up my under-eyes. I was born with shadows under my eyes, people are always telling me my mascara is running, but I really don’t care about them, and I think make-up there just looks like you have cake on your face.”