Q+A with Fashion Director of U.S. Elle Samira Nasr

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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.

1. What is your earliest beauty memory?

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.


2. I feel most beautiful when…

I feel safe and happy.

Samira with her son Lex

Samira at home with her son Lex in Brooklyn


3. Who do you find beautiful and why?

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.

Samira & Tracee Ross

Samira & her friend Tracee Ross owning La FRIZZ

4. When you were a child, what was your mother’s beauty routine?

4. When you were a child, what was your mother’s beauty routine?



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.

With her old boss Grace Coddington

With her old boss Grace Coddington in Italy. Photo Arthur Elgort


5. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?


Not just black but where are the women of mixed race? Where are the Arabs? Where are the Asians?


6. When was the last time your mascara ran?

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.

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Eyeing up the Bottega Veneta

(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.”


7. If you could give one beauty gift. . .

I love a good lip balm and I’m still always looking for the perfect mascara but ultimately, I would make someone laugh. Humour and laughter are the best beauty elixir.Samira Nasr

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