Haven’t you ladies and (gents) noticed that beauty magazines and product brands (through advertisements) are now striving to represent diversity of beauty? Versatility Beauty&Fashion says “FINALLY!”. Versatility Beauty&Fashion can’t help to think it has to do with celebrities and ordinary people being tierd of what the media tells us to strive after: ONE ideal beauty! People are now Embracing their own beauties and spreading it through blogs and social media, giving the message that it is OK to be curvy/slim, short/tall, having short or long hair that comes in different textures; coily/curly/straight/wavy.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion has had the chance to interview a 17year old blogger, naturalista, model and soon to be actress who thinks it is important for the society and the media to realize that people actually are diverse! Meet the beautiful Alicia Ostrowski from Edmonton, Canada who is reaching for the Stars and loves herself from head to toe!
Versatility Beauty&Fashion wants to know who Alicia Ostrowski is?
Alicia Ostrowski is a quiet, ambitious high school student, who is seventeen years old, but often comes off as older than she really is. She has dreams and goals that may seem unreachable to most. But she knows that with a lot of hard work and a lot of determination and focus, she can achieve anything she wants to achieve.
In your blog you have written you want to become an actress and having thoughts about applying for acting school either in New York, Los Angeles, London or in your hometown Edmonton. Have you made your decision where you want to take acting classes?
I’ve found about three schools in the UK, one in Canada, and one in America that I’d like to apply to. My plan right now is to apply to all of them, see which ones I get accepted to and then go from there. I’m hoping I get into a British one though. I feel like they make really good quality series and films. My favorite show Sherlock is filmed there!
Every girls dream is to become famous in entertainment industry. As we all know in the acting, modeling and fashion world is a very hard industry and is not as glamorous as it may seem to be. Three years ago, the documentary called “The Color of Beauty” about an African Canadian model named Renee who’s struggling through New York’s top agencies in the hopes to be a part of New York Fashion Week 2008. Furthermore, in the documentary a model agent uttered that if they ever hire a black model she has to look like a white girl dipped in chocolate. What are your thoughts about the mentality they have in the fashion industry? Have you ever experienced the same kind of bad treatment as Renee?
I’ve been fortunate enough to not have run into that kind of discrimination in the industry itself. I believe I was chosen because of my distinct black features, in particular my hair, my lips, and my body shape. However, I have experience that kind of treatment in junior high. My school was a predominantly white sports academy school, and if you weren’t in the academy or you stood out in any which way, you were picked on. Kids make fun of me for my height, my weight, my skin tone, and my hair. The ironic thing is that now I’m a model because of all the things they used to make fun of.
You participated in a modeling competition in the hopes to become the new face of Mode Models. How did it go?
I was the runner up. The only difference between winning and coming in runner up was that I didn’t win any money. I still won a modeling contract. I’m totally grateful, because the runner up position was created just for me. They never picked runner ups in previous model searches.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years to come as an actress/model?
I see myself having graduated from whichever acting school I’ve chosen and beginning my life perusing acting and modeling in either LA or London.
The first time Versatility Beauty&Fashion saw you, was an interview with the natural hair onlinemagazine Blackgirlwithlonghair.com. Versatility Beauty&Fashion immediately fell in love with your natural coily-curls. Have you always been natural? How do you take care of your hair?
I relaxed my hair for the first time at age 11 because of the harassment I was getting over it at school. By the time I was 14 my hair was damages and falling out around the edges. My hairline was literally receding at age 14! I had decided that the solution was to cut off all my hair, and that’s when my natural journey began.
Last year, Versatility Beauty&Fashion interviewed the famous natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood. One of the questions Versatility Beauty&Fashion asked her was what she thought about the trend amongst women with coily or curly hair becoming natural. She responded that in perspective becoming natural is not a trend, but more as a movement. Do you agree or disagree with Felicia Leatherwood statement about becoming natural is a movement?
I agree that for some being natural is a movement. It’s a way for us to break out of European beauty molds and be our own kind of beautiful that goes above any beyond what relaxers and skin bleaching creams could ever do for us. However, I do believe that many go natural just because they like the look of it, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
What advice can you give for those who want to become natural?
Follow your gut. If you feel like going natural is the way to go then go for it. Don’t worry about that little voice in your mind telling you that you’ll look like a boy or that short hair doesn’t suit you. In the end, it’s what’s best for your health. Relaxers are extremely damaging. Also, natural hair is a definite eye-grabber and you’re bound to get loads of compliments from curious onlookers!
What products do you use that you’d like to recommend others with your type of hair?
I like to make my own products most of the time, or just use raw oils. My favorites right now are my homemade whipped shea butter, my olive oil, and my coconut oil. I do use store bought shampoos and conditioners though. Right now I’m loving the Tashodi line. It’s Canadian made and organic! You can get it at your local Winners store, or order it online.
What mistakes have you made to your tresses that you have learned from?
I’ve learned not to work too quickly with my hair. When I’m being impatient with it, it breaks. This causes unnecessary loss of length, and who wants that?
Make up or natural?
I hardly wear makeup because I need to keep my complexion in pristine condition. Makeup tends to clog my pores and cause pimples, so I steer clear. The only time I wear a full face of makeup is for special nights out or photo shoots, but even then I almost always break out from it.
Do you have a favorite make up line?
I like the Pure Anada make up line. It’s natural, and free of common allergens, fragrances, and all that nasty artificial stuff. It’s the only thing my skin can handle. It can only be found online.
Do you have any beauty tips you’d like to share?
I know that everyone tells us this all the time, but it’s really important to drink water and take your supplements! It does wonders for the skin and the nails and the hair!
How would you describe your style of fashion?
I would describe it as modern with a 60s flare. I buy all my jeans highwaisted. I love muted colors all year round. I also frequently wear jeans that come close to being bell bottoms. I like to buy old lady sweaters from thrift stores as well. I guess it changes daily.
Do you have any celebrity you look up to when it comes to style of fashion?
I can’t say I’m a real fan of her, but I really love Selena Gomez’s style. Boho-chic. Love it.
Where do you go for shopping or is there a certain fashion brand that you prefer to buy?
Urban Outfitters, The Gap, H&M, Thrift stores, Forever 21, the list goes on. I generally shop where ever I can find a good sale.
Last question: What are your thoughts about the dominant mainstream ideal of beauty?
I believe the dominant mainstream of ideal beauty is something we need to breakout of, because it leaves so many other types of beauties out. The tall, blue eyed, blonde haired girl with the perfect dimpled smile and Victoria’s Secret model body can be just as beautiful as the shorter, deep chocolate, extremely curvy woman with thick lips and big hair, but that’s not often shown in film and media. This leads girls and women alike to think that there is something wrong with them, even though they’re perfectly beautiful. As a society, we need to learn to appreciate and represent all types of beauty.