At just 17, model Alanna Arrington has already walked for some of the biggest names in the business. She made her runway debut for Fall 2016, opening for Altuzarra, appearing in Diane Von Furstenberg's star-studded runway-slash-dance party, and walking for Lanvin, Céline, Mulberry, and Louis Vuitton. Not a bad resume for a single season! Louis Vuitton, in particular, fulfilled a long-held aspiration: Arrington had been watching Vuitton's shows ever since she started thinking about modeling (before she set her sights on fashion in middle school, she thought she might become a doctor or astronomer). "After the show I cried many happy tears," she recalls.
Growing up in the rural Midwest, Arrington played basketball, and she credits the sport with giving her a balanced perspective on nutrition and exercise in an industry that's notoriously unbalanced. "I also had good mental strength, so criticism was never something that was hard to deal with," she says.
Arrington's also part of a cadre of models with full heads of very curly hair. (See also: Tre Samuels.) Her mane requires a bit of special maintenance, and, here, she's shared her tips for keeping her head — and the rest of her body — healthy, hydrated, and smelling like Versace.
Your look in three words:
Curly, exotic, striking.
Never leave the house without:
Beauty from the inside out:
I fill my body with the most wholesome and nutritious foods and I always stay hydrated. If you're beautiful on the inside, your beauty will radiate on the outside.
Nothing crazy — I try every day to walk as much as I can. When I'm at the gym I do yoga, abs, low intensity cardio, and I always sit in the sauna to sweat out all of the toxins in my body.
Snack of choice:
My snack of choice is apple slices and peanut butter, it's filling and healthy but also sweet so it satisfies my sweet tooth!
Benefit roller lash mascara, the Anastasia tinted brow gel, and the Vaseline Lip therapy.
Definitely purchasing my favourite Lancôme Visionnaire Moisturizer.
Favorite hair professional:
Deva Curl, because it keeps my curls looking hydrated and bouncy.
Maybelline Fit Me foundations. They're inexpensive but have great coverage and aren't clogging to my pores.
Either a Nicholas Sparks book or Harry Potter.
A resort in Malibu. It's right on the coast and is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
Always in your suitcase:
I always keep my go-to Deva Curl products (shampoo, conditioner, styling gel and cream), my makeup bag with my powder, bronzer, mascara, and brow gel, and of course my perfume!
Fragrance of choice:
Versace Yellow Diamond. You'll always find me caring my travel bottle and my hand moisturizer — it's the best scent.
Best advice from mom:
Always take your makeup off before you go to bed.
Best advice from the pros:
Always spend money on the best products for your skin. It might seem silly to spend $80 on moisturizer, but you'll thank yourself years down the road when you don't have wrinkles!
Magdalena Frackowiak. The effort she puts into keeping her skin healthy is so amazing, and clearly everything she does works because she's 31 and doesn't have a single wrinkle.