In 2019, for the first time in its history, Victoria’s Secret featured a size-14 woman in their campaign as part of their collaboration with the U.K. lingerie line. And none of this would’ve been possible without Bluebella finding its muse in Ali.
Since becoming a model, she has scored prestigious campaigns like Mango and Ralph Lauren. This Californian beauty is not just charming and stylish, she’s also a lover of all things green and created an eco-lifestyle page, Conscious Child, to raise environmental awareness.
Women Fitness President joins the stunning beauty for an interesting conversation on her journey into the world of fashion.
After becoming a model, you have scored prestigious campaigns like Mango and Ralph Lauren. Walk us through your spectacular journey and tell us about what motivated you to become a model?
I had some crazy turns in my life that lead me to be a model! I was a soccer player for 20 years and I had gone to London to study abroad and played for a team over there as goalkeeper. One day I was in a hair salon and saw an advert in a magazine for women size 12 and up for a curvy modeling competition. I thought, “I am a size 12 and maybe I could give this a try.” I hoped there were cash winnings because I was living on a student salary and was very broke at the time! So I showed up to the competition and made it through round after round. The last stage of the competition we had to walk in London Fashion Week. My parents flew over and a lot of my friends from home tuned in because no one could believe I was modeling in fashion week. I ended up getting a modeling contract from the competition and decided to take a gap year and stay in London to try it out. It was such a foreign idea to me that I could model and I felt like this was such a crazy thing I had to try it. Eight years later, I am still modeling full time and it has lead me down such an unpredictable route.
Introduce us to a day in Ali’s life both at work & at home.
Every day in my life looks different from the last. Sometimes I am shooting in foreign locations, other times I have a day at my Brooklyn home. When I am at home, I make sure to work out. I love F45 right now and have been doing that for a couple of months. I usually record a podcast episode for my show, and then later on I will meet a friend or two. My husband and I love to meet a bar after work a day or two a week because he is English and that is a ritual of the English lads! We will meet some friends and play card games. I also make sure to make time for my acting classes each week and I try to get upstate into nature whenever we have free time.
Your morning beauty ritual?
My favorite morning beauty ritual is to wash my face with my Korres face wash and my coral face scrubber. It is so soft and exfoliating. I will then use some vitamin C serum on my face, finished with some sunscreen. When I am feeling extra sassy and in the mood to pamper myself, I use a clay mask before I put my make up on. I also make sure to have either celery juice first thing in the morning, or if I cant do that, I have water with fresh lemon squeezed in. Both those things clean my system and flush out anything left in my stomach so I feel clear headed to start the day. I don’t drink coffee, but if I need a little caffeine I will have some tea.
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