Plus-size model Paloma Elsesser gained popularity on Instagram from posting candid, personal images of herself. Now, with over 60,000 followers, the Los Angeles native is a regular in glossy fashion magazines, featured in H&M's fall campaign, and is one of Pat McGrath's social media muses. But she's still just a cool girl, who loves shopping at thrift stores.
Three words to describe your style:
Masculine, feminine, nostalgic.
Favorite vintage stores:
L train vintage, Procell, Goodwill.
Tupac, Sade, Bianca Jagger.
Style pet peeves:
Drop crotch pants, bomber jackets and dad hats.
Best recent discovery:
Biologique Recherche Spa and the Kindle.
A Gucci bag with beautiful gold hardware and a timeless color palette.
A green velvet Chanel bag.
Always in your bag:
Various purse-sized perfumes, hand lotion, headphones, my wallet, rosebud salve, receipts, a charger, a little notebook.
Something you would never wear:
Most prized possession in your closet:
A snakeskin bowler shirt- best material and I wear it year round.
Favorite shoes you own:
Velvet Gucci loafers.
Something you can’t wait to wear this winter:
Puffer jackets and sweat suits.
Music you’re listening to right now:
Lijadu Sisters, Solange, 21 Savage, Kate Bush.
Favorite spots in New York:
My bed, Sophie’s Cuban restaurant, the New York City Public Library main branch, Lovely Day.
Favorite spot in Los Angeles:
The taco spot on Venice and La Brea, Sqirl, Slauson Swapmeet.
I don’t do that much different between day and night, like wearing heels, however I will add a bold lip or winged eyeliner. For that, I love PMG labs #Lust004 in Vermillion Venom or MAC’s Ruby Woo. I also love PMG labs Dual Ended Liquid Liner as well as Stila’s classic felt tipped liner - both are incredible for precision and rich black pigment.
Favorite New York stores:
No Relation, Kmart, Celine, Stella Dallas.
What makes you feel most confident:
A nice shower and taking my time.
Biggest turn-off: The inability to be present and being overly trendy.
Borrowed from the boys:
I borrow/adopt a majority of my clothes from boys and men’s fashion. I like the fit better and have always followed the silhouettes. I think men’s silhouettes look fantastic on the female body! I wear mainly men’s pants and jackets.
Something you’re reading right now: Re-reading “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison2.
Favorite sneakers: Air Max Plus TN.
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