Alyssa Miller: On Real Beauty

It may have been Alyssa Miller’s exotic beauty that led to her discovery at the age of fourteen by a modeling agency, but it has been her fascinating character that has made her attractive to the biggest names in beauty and fashion. She’s been photographed by many of the world’s most famous fashion photographers (including, Mert and Marcus, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth, and Vincent Peters), has appeared on the pages of countless high fashion magazines around the world (such as Italian Vogue, V Magazine, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and on the cover of Vogue Italia Beauty) and as been the face of many campaigns (including Stella McCartney and Victoria’s Secret). You likely recognize her most, though, for starring in the Spring 2010 GUESS by Marciano campaign and as the current face of the brand’s new Fragrance, GUESS Seductive ($62).

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We sat down with Alyssa Miller and asked her to weigh in on Real Beauty.

What do you think makes someone beautiful?
I truly believe that beauty is very unique to the individual and therefore undefinable. Every woman has a beauty to her.

How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
I struggle with body issues as much, if not more than, every other woman. But, as I get older, I am starting to embrace my little imperfections. I try to be as healthy as possible. I eat healthfully and work out at least three times a week. But I think it is important to realize that nobody is perfect, and that I never will be. But that is what makes me special and different.

If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Well, I would probably tell my self to lay off the blue eyeliner, not cute, and to not pluck my eyebrows into oblivion, people would kill for my eyebrows (so I’m told), to wear sunscreen everyday and to wash off all my make up before bed.

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What’s your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
I have a fairly simple beauty routine, so the one thing that I absolutely could not live with out is… Chapstick. I am obsessed! My lips are totally addicted!

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