Alima Fofana is an iconic fashion model. She has been on the cover of dozens of magazines, walks almost every runway show from New York to Paris and is the face of many brands & campaigns we all know.
Today we are super excited to have her participate in Luxury Shoe Club Interview Series.
Alima, tell us about your background. Where were you discovered?
I was born in Ivory Coast, a francophone country in West Africa, but I spent most of my life in Paris. While living there, unbeknownst to me, my childhood friend had signed me up for a beauty contest.
At the time I was in medical school studying to become a midwife, and modeling was no where on my radar. At the contest, I met a famous hair stylist who instantly took me under his wing. He got me my first photo-shoot.
From there, I quickly signed with a big agency in Paris. I began modeling, booking magazine covers and editorials as well as major runway shows.
Through modeling, I was able to relocate to NYC. I’ve been living here for almost six years. I love the Big Apple!
What do you like best about modeling?
My favorite part about modeling is the constant change from the crew you work with to the location and client you work for. I love to travel. My job takes me all around the world. Also, I have been able to met people from different cultures and backgrounds. It has given me such a deeper appreciation to the beauty and richness of diversity and culture.
What are some of the challenges?
The hardest part of modeling is constantly being judged and critiqued about your look. Sometimes you get to thinking, if you just looked a certain way you may be more successful. It is challenging to say the least.
Over time you learn not to take it personally and I have developed a strong sense of self. But there are still those days…
Also it can get lonely. The constant change doesn’t allow you enough time to build deeper relationships and connections both in and outside the industry. I have a close-knit family and being away from them can be difficult.
What was it like to be the spokesperson for the “UN WOMEN NY <3 Equality Campaign”?
I was incredibly fortunate to be asked by Cinzia Brandi, Photographer and Board member of UN WOMEN NY, to be the spokesperson. It has truly been an incredible experience and an honor to help fight for women’s rights and equality – everywhere!
Ultimately my dream is to work with the UN Women NY on a similar project to support the Ivory Coast, my home country.
Tell us about your shopping style and brands you love.
I have always been a fan of vintage and second-hand clothing. Over the years as a model, I have acquired some amazing pieces. If I do buy something new, I prefer both unique designers and well-known fashion brands.
My go-to winter boots are Gucci and Christian Louboutin. I love them and looking forward to adding additional pairs to my boot collection. (Hint: I can’t wait until Luxury Shoe Club launches!)
Outside of my closet, my favorite designer of all time is Vivienne Westwood. I feel like her clothes were made for me. I’ve been fortunate enough to walk her shows a few times.
What’s Your Perfect Shoe + Clothing Combo? Why?
I love wearing girly dresses with big boots. I feel it completely shows off my personality – pretty, feminine and a touch of tomboy.
Surprisingly I’m not a huge stilettos fan, I like to be comfortable in my shoes, so I’m picky when it comes to high heels – style and height matter!
“I am so excited about the launch of Luxury Shoe Club and its motto of being #sustainblychic. As a life-long collector of vintage fashion, I love the resale approach and how it helps the environment.”
– Alima Fofana
That’s a Wrap!
Thank You Alima, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with us. You are truly a beautiful soul! Thrilled to have you part of the LSC Family. Our readers can follow Alima Fofana on Instagram @Instagram.com/realalimalaf
We hope you enjoyed this installment of the Luxury Shoe Club Interview series. Be on the lookout for more coming soon!
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