Alison Hamata Says, “Be comfortable in your own skin, love what you have, and work it!”
Alison Hamata is a plus model from Canada who is signed with Liz Bell in Vancouver, Canada and Ford + in New York.
Tell us how you felt when you signed with Ford NY!
Signing with Ford was an awesome experience. I was definitely a little nervous, but so excited to start this new chapter in my life. When I first walked into their office, I was a little intimidated, but everyone there was so welcoming and enthusiastic so it was definitely a cool experience.
Being a Ford + Model has been a really great experience. Living in NYC and being a Ford Model has been really cool. I think it has matured me and made me a stronger and more confident person.
How do you define the term ‘plus’ model? What is the reaction you get when you tell others you are a ‘plus’ model?
Well technically, it’s someone above size 6. But I define it as a healthy, beautiful, and confident girl. The reaction I get is always a positive one. Mainly the reaction I get is that they say we are such great role models, and that makes me proud.
What do your friends think of your modeling career?
I have the best friends; they are all incredibly supportive.
I first got approached when I was 11; actually by Ford NY. Of course, my parents said no way because I was far too young. But later on when I was about 16, I was approached again by Liz Bell Agency, an Agency in Vancouver, and they were much more comfortable with the idea.
I would love to go to University get a degree as well as play volleyball on the University team, go to cooking school, travel the world, get really good at hockey, learn to play the drums, oh, and world domination.
In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing for fun?
I really love cooking. I watch the Food Network way too much for my own good. I also love playing any type of sports, especially volleyball, soccer, and field hockey. I read a lot and of course hanging out with my friends and boyfriend.
My ideal date would be doing something spontaneous like going on an adventure or doing something out of the ordinary. However, it should always end with lounging on the couch with popcorn and a movie. I think you can get to know someone best when you take them out of the everyday routine.
Gum, hand lotion, iPod, a novel, and lip balm.
The new Chromeo album, Miike Snow, The Strokes, The Black Keys, Counting Crows, Cut Copy… too much to name!
How do you stay fit and healthy?
I usually go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. My routine is 40 minutes cardio, 20 minutes strength, and 20 minutes core. As far as eating, I think you can have everything as long as it’s in moderation. I’m a vegetarian too, so I think that helps with being healthy.
I would describe my style as edgy but with feminine accents.
Right now my go-to outfit would be my black skinny jeans, my dark grey suede combat boots, white and navy striped t-shirt, my military green style belted anorak, and because it’s freezing out, a scarf and slouchy pompom toque.
I just bought a pair of black Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans from Anthropology and they are crazy soft!! I love them.
Mark Jacobs Daisy
Well, my Mom always says “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”. And that’s so true. Beauty to me is not only what’s outside, but mainly what is on the inside. Outer beauty will fade with age, but what you are like as a person will always remain.
What is the best beauty advice you have ever been given?
Be comfortable in your own skin, love what you have, and work it!
Lipstick or Lip gloss?
Lip Gloss. My very favourite is Smith’s Rosebud Salve. It’s not sticky and it makes my lips so soft.
What makes you uniquely beautiful?
What is one of your fondest childhood memories?
Spaghetti Fridays with my family. Also learning to cook and bake with my Grandma Karen.
I miss everything! The mountains, beaches, and all its beauty. My family, friends, and boyfriend of course. Oh, and poutine. Which I’m 98% sure you don’t know what that is. Let me tell you. Fries covered in gravy covered in cheese curds. Yes, genius.
I’m obsessed with the TV show The Office. Jim is amazing. I will marry him one day.
Do what makes you happy, treat others as you’d like to be treated, stay true to yourself no matter what, and no regrets.
Thank you, Alison!