My name is Micaela Verrelien; I am an Actress and Fashion/Life Style blogger. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in a small city called Brockton, Massachusetts. I am of Haitian and Martinique descent. After graduating college May of 2014, I knew that I wanted to experience living in a different city. I was stuck between New York and LA, which of course are the two best places to expand your career in entertainment. After careful thought of where I saw myself at the moment, I decided New York was my next step to starting a new life. After living in New York for about a year, I realized that this was the best choice I could have made. New York is one of the most over populated cities in the U.S, and thousands of individuals move here with big dreams. Being the tough city that it is, it brings out the hustle in you really quickly. I’ve met so many actors, dancers, and singers all struggling for one thing, success! How does one gain success in entertainment without knowing anyone in entertainment to help jump-start his or her career? The answer I found out very quickly is “branding yourself.” Fast forward to now, I am now a blogger who is still learning, but able to retrieve lots of opportunity myself; and it all started by taking a risk and putting myself out there.
How do you defy society’s typical beauty standards?
I think that society’s standard of beauty is very flawed. Society has created standards that many cannot reach so they have allowed plastic surgery to become much more accessible. I don’t believe in changing myself for anyone, especially not to satisfy an unreachable standard. However, I know that it is a fact, once you’ve found your self-worth; society’s standard of beauty becomes irrelevant. Beauty starts within ourselves, and once we find it there is no better feeling. It is necessary we take back what society believes is the standard of beauty because we are society, and the more we continue to love ourselves as we are, the more accepting society will be. Idols like the Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, and many others in the entertainment industry have opened many doors that once weren’t easily opened. Having someone who is a reflection of you on a big screen is very important because, it helps stroke confidence in many young women who may think or were told they weren’t beautiful.
What inspires your style?
My style is most definitely inspired by self-expression. I love to express myself each day by what I chose to wear. Expressing ourselves is one of the most important things in fashion. I love trendy items, but I do not follow the trends. Trends always come and go but style is forever. I am very inspired by 70’s and 90’s
fashion. I love to mix current pieces with vintage pieces because it always gives me the classic or edgy look that I tend to lean towards.
What are your go-to beauty products?
My go to beauty products I must say are Cocoa Butter Lotion by Vaseline, and Velvet Organics. Both of these items keeps my skin very hydrated and keeps me glowing. I tend not to use many products because I have oily skin. A friend who also has oily skin referred me to Velvet Organics and I’ve been hooked ever sense. As for makeup, my favorite foundation is by Covergirl the Queen Latifah collection. It is literally the best foundation that has worked for me. It is smooth and helps avoid shininess for those who have oily skin like me. However, if I am adding any concealer, I would definitely go with MAC. The MAC concealer is literally the best! It gives you the amazing glow under your eyes that many of us tend to want for those long nights and early mornings.
Would you say you’re 100% comfortable in your own skin at this point in your life? How so or why not?
I would say I am definitely comfortable in my own skin. Every woman has had days that they’ve felt insecure about their bodies or little things that no one even notices but them. I’ve been there and I’ve passed that stage. When I was younger I always had really big hair and at the age of 14 I decided to relax my hair. Fast forward 4 years later at 18 years old, I decided to chop all of my hair off. I was sick of receiving compliments of being pretty because I had long hair. Growing up in a Caribbean household, having long or soft hair is a great thing, but for me it wasn’t a compliment. I no longer wanted to be defined by my hair so I woke up one day and cut all of my hair off. Being a freshman in college at the time was hard enough but now I decided to cut all my hair off without thinking about the outcome. I had a few bad responses like “why did you cut your pretty hair off” and the best one yet “girl your bald, dame”. It was hurtful to hear this from people who were close to me at the time. However, I also had great responses like “I love your natural hair texture”, “you look great with shorter hair”. The kind compliments made me smile but I smiled more because I felt very free. I didn’t allow the negative comments to bother me because I wasn’t going to allow myself to be sad for hair that I knew would eventually grow back. After a year of being natural, my hair begin to grow and what’s funny is the same girl who told me “girl your bald, dame” a year into me being natural actually told me that “I wish my curls would pop and be as defined as yours, I love your hair”. People’s opinions of who we are or who they think we should be shouldn’t matter. A complement is nice but inner confidence and being free of any negative thoughts of ourselves feels even better. I learned to love myself, and in return the same people who dissed me for being me, now love me for being me.