#alimichael If you know fashion glossies, then you have definitely seen then teenage Ali Michael from as far back as 2006 growing up from the pages of Vogue to her more recent campaign for Calvin Klein. With her azure eyes and dream brows, Ms. Michael who hails from Texas, became one of the few American models on the front lines of fashion. Now at 24, Ms. Michael has developed quite the cyber following with her ever-awkward (but quite witty) Instagram. Meta posts, kitty pictures, and anime girls are just a few surprises from the self-professed diginerd. “I’m a geek in every way. I’m into anime and video games. I have this one video game character who is a cat girl with blue hair, she’s a warrior goddess and everything I wish I was.”
Here, Playing Fashion gets to know the geeky yet effortlessly cool Ms. Michael. As she talks Japanese food, growing up, and her venture into photography.
I GREW UP VERY FAST. I needed a second to finish being a kid, so I took a break for a year in 2011. I moved to Los Angeles and spent a lot of time on a horse ranch outside of Las Vegas. This industry is so surreal that I think you need to take a step back every now and then catch your breath.
WHEN I WAS 5 YEARS OLD, I had a pet tortoise named Blitzen who I spent years with. I was obsessed with reptiles and would catch lizards in my backyard. I had one lizard named Hammerhead and another one named Elvis. Hammerhead ate Elvis after a month though…
MOM KNOWS BEST. Growing up in Texas, being a pale girl with huge eyebrows was not cute. I wanted to wax so bad but my mom wouldn’t let me. I was so mad at her at the time, but I’m thankful now. I leave them alone for the most part.