ALIYAH O’BRIEN

Photography by Chris Thorn


ALIYAH O’BRIEN

Age: 32

Occupation: Actress

You In Under 100 Words :

I’m just a girl learning how to embrace her inner geek, love herself fully and inspire others to do the same.

Why did you decide to participate in the RAW photo shoot?

Because I LOVE the idea of sharing who we really are and inspiring authenticity and self love.

What surprised you most about the experience?

How comfortable I felt being me sans makeup.  I actually felt proud of what I was doing.  It was a very honest and vulnerable experience.

What does beautiful look like to you? 

Laughter, tears, the truth of the human experience shining through.  The expression lines on a face that has lived and laughed.  I think our skin and our features are like a lightbright that is not plugged in (if you’re under the age of 30 you may have no idea what I’m referring to).  It’s the soul of the person that shines through our physical shell and lights up our flesh.  Beauty is in ones eyes, ones essence.

AliyahQUOTEHave you ever had cosmetic surgery or treatments? 

Yes, I have small breast implants.  Most people don’t know that about me.  It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s also not something I regret either.  I got them years ago because I was insecure and tired of putting on dresses that were tight in the hips, and gaping in the chest area.  It was a tough decision.  I remember thinking this is SO unlike me.  But then I went and did it and if I could do it over again I’m not sure what I would decide?  But I do own that my decision was made from an insecure place.

What is your biggest fear?

Not being successful.  Being too scared to make my dreams happen.  I’m afraid of being afraid.

 

What part of aging scares you the most?

I’m not really that afraid of aging.  I think aging is pretty cool.  But there is a feeling of loss that comes with getting older and certain chapters and experiences are no longer available.  But then new ones are so it doesn’t feel all that limiting.  I don’t love that my body hurts more and that it’s harder to motivate myself to workout.  And there are lines on my face that are permanent now.  It’s funny how I LOVE them on others but sometimes judge them on myself.  Hmmmm…

What part of aging is the most exciting?

Recognizing that the older I grow, the less I feel like I know and accepting that as just where I am at and that it’s okay.  I believe there is true wisdom in letting go of pride and really embracing that.  Embracing me.

On average how much do you spend each month on cosmetic items such as make-up, hair cuts/colouring, waxing, clothing, nails, tanning, creams etc.

Oh that’s tough?!  I would guess around $300 at least.  I’ve spent thousands of dollars on lasering hair off parts of my body so who knows?!

Who is the most beautiful woman in the world to you and why?

My dear friend and Mentor Esther Chiappone.  She’s a single mother of four awesome children, a personal development trainer, artist, mover and shaker and she just rocks.  She’s vivacious, sexy,  wise and uber playful.  I adore her.

My little sister is right up there too.  Her beautiful soulful essence shines through so bright I almost cry when I look at her.  She is pure joy and innocence in my mind.  And she totally rocks the natural beauty.

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