Our Monthly Muse feature is an ongoing series that highlights kickass women who are killing the game. So far, we’ve introduced you to a few inspirational babes, including the twin sisters running Coco and Breezy eyewear and the brains behind Wildflower cases (spoiler alert: they’re also sisters!). This month, we’re bringing you the multidimensional Alie Layus—model, photographer, DJ, music producer and all-around cool girl.
Alie is the epitome of everything that was amazing about the ‘90s—but she makes it even cooler in the present day. Her bold style and fresh sound make her the perfect choice to rock our Vintage Vice Lipsticks. We caught up with her during a photo shoot to find out her beauty must-haves, what gives her an edge, and which ‘90s moments inspire her.
What beauty item makes you feel powerful?
I can’t stand when my hair is flat. I always feel more confident when my hair has volume, so I would have to say a texturing sea salt spray.
What are some of your beauty must-haves?
I do get pretty bad dark circles under my eyes, so I must have a good concealer! And a really shimmery highlighter for my cheeks!
What’s your current beauty obsession?
What ‘90s women inspire you?
Gwen Stefani has been a huge inspiration for me ever since I was a little girl. I also love ‘90s Angelina Jolie and Liv Tyler.
Which ‘90s moments inspire your style?
I love everything about the movie Empire Records. The styling in that movie is definitely a favorite. The plaid skirt and sweater that Liv Tyler wore in the movie was iconic.
What gives you an edge?
My fearlessness in pursuing my dreams and goals.
What advice would you give to young female DJs or photographers?
This advice isn’t just exclusive to girls pursuing DJing or photography, but I would say just go for it. Whatever it is you want to do, be fearless and just do it! I feel like so many people hold back or don’t even try because they’re afraid to look stupid. Find a way past that fear and don’t worry about what others think.
What’s your favorite ‘90s song to spin or have playing during shoots and why?
I have both the Empire Records and the Clueless movie soundtracks on my phone and they both definitely get a lot of plays during shoots! And when I’m DJing, it’s usually the in-party classics that everyone sings along to like Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”
What music are you listening to right now?
I've been listening a lot to Young Thug's Spotify channel.
Complete this sentence: I feel badass when…
I feel the most badass when I'm being really productive. I’m a major workaholic, and I feel my best when I'm traveling and playing a lot of shows, taking photos, and spending my time doing all the stuff I love!
What’s your vice?
Wine, sugar and chocolate.
What’s your drink order? I love wine. And I know this is kind of a corny drink, but I also love sangria.
Want to see more of Alie? Catch her on Instagram: @alielayus.
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