My name is Erica Boisaubin and I am an Administrative Assistant at Ford Models NYC. I freelance as a stylist/personal shopper and my portfolio/journal can be found at Boisaubin.com.
How do you defy society’s typical beauty standards?
I defy society’s beauty standards by staying as true to self as possible. I don’t go out of my way to go against the grain, however I do make sure when I choose a piece of clothing, hairstyle or choice of makeup it is solely because I myself like it and feel comfortable. In the past I would be a bit more self-conscious when choosing things if they weren’t congruent with what was being portrayed in the media but as I mature I notice that the opinions of others matter to me less and less.
What inspires your style?
There are a number of things that inspire my style from the style of other real working women in my field to the vibrant fruit stands at my favorite market in Brooklyn. I am hyper aware of my surroundings so majority of my inspiration comes from my day to day experiences while the rest stems from a need of functionality.
What are your go-to beauty products?
My go to beauty products for my hair are any and everything form the Shea Moisture line and castor oil, as for makeup I always purchase Ysl baby doll lash mascara and Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer. My eyelashes barely exist but they are extremely curly so the wand on this mascara helps straighten and lengthen them. For my face I use Estee Lauder concealer on any imperfections and their mattifying primer. My last go to product has to be African Black Soap! I have extremely oily skin which causes breakouts so keeping my skin clean is imperative. African black soaps gives a deep clean while helping control my oily skin and it’s only $4. You can’t beat that!
Would you say you’re 100% comfortable in your own skin at this point in your life?
In all honesty, I can’t say that I am 100% comfortable in my skin, it’s a work in progress. One day I feel like I’m on top of the world and other days I catch myself wishing to look like everyone but Erica. Working at a modeling agency can be both a blessing and a curse; you get to see first hand the level of diversity increasing and feel inspired but then you take note of the lack of and feel crestfallen. Growing up I was extremely confident because my mother praised academics and kindness over beauty but then I volunteered at fashion week for the first time and felt “ugly” looking at the models and realizing I looked nothing like them. The next 3 years my confidence plummeted until I realized that I couldn’t let an industry define what was beautiful for me. I began making it a point to focus on the inside of my heart first rather than my physical appearance. Thankfully the beauty standards are expanding and more and more unique faces are being featured on different media platforms. Aside from my original culture shock, one thing I can say about working in the fashion industry is that it has shown me that beauty is solely subjective with no unit of measurement and for that I am grateful.
Photo Source: Erica Boisaubin
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