Revival Ladies: Hannah Alford

 

Hannah Alford

Artist, photographer, model, buyer…the list goes on and on. 

I got a chance to sit down with this little Revival Lady at her cute slingshot Uptown apartment to talk about Revival, life, and spirit animals. Check it out!

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What was your favorite childhood cartoon?

“Pepper Ann.”

What is your spirit animal?

“Pegasus.” 

What’s your favorite garment of all time? 

“I have these suede, gold-tipped vintage shoes that I got from Goodwill years ago. They’re ancient, gorgeous. Definitely my favorite garment or anything in my closet ever. I want to put them in a glass case and never get rid of them!”

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Describe your style and personality in three words.

“Fashion wise I can go from grungy, badass and leathery to a vintage dress and socks and heels. Personality wise, I guess just kind of artistic in a couple of different ways that I rotate around.” 

Are you still painting?

“Yeah, trying to get back into it. My dad is supposed to be making some crazy canvases again and hopefully I’ll get into that. My dad is an artist. I’m trying to get back into the nude…nude-y kind of abstract.” 

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How long have you been working for Revival? 

“Six months. I did a photoshoot with them two years ago and that’s how the connection came about.”

Give me a little background about you; where you’ve come from and why you want to stay in New Orleans.

“So…I’m originally from Louisiana. I moved to Texas, back to Louisiana, and then went to Europe. Then I went back to Texas and did my little ‘art thing’ for a while. Before that I was into fashion week and doing photoshoots like that here [New Orleans], and then I moved to Texas, did my art thing, and didn’t have any type of fashion or anything there. I moved back here to get more into styling and the fashion world. I’m building my self-made career on personal styling and doing photoshoots and fun events and stuff like that.”

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You’re 18, you’re very young. Would you say you’re at a place in your life where you’re dabbling in many different areas or have you pinpointed exactly what you want?

“I feel like I’ve travelled a lot, like when I was younger, and I quit school to just experience things and different cultures and different kinds of people. I’ve moved around as much as I can on my own. I feel like I’ve lived a lot for as young as I am. I feel like now I know what I want to do and I’m comfortable with what I’m doing. I love it. Revival isn’t even like a job for me at all, I love it so much. It’s so fun for me. Being able to put an outfit together for someone and make them feel absolutely beautiful and feel confident; I just want to–all together–make a person feel beautiful and confident. But there are many things that you can do to do that.” 

What made you want to leave when you were sixteen? 

“It was just a really bad year in lots of different ways. I was in this crazy state of mind, as I guess a 16-year-old always is, but as an artist I was very turned into myself and very not happy with what I was doing with my life. It was something that definitely needed to happen or I would be a completely different person right now. I decided and told my mom I was going to leave. My outer family definitely shut me out for a little while but saw how well I was doing through e-mail, Facebook and pictures and stuff like that. I went straight to Europe to see my sister in Ukraine. I didn’t even work. I saved up everything since I was 13 and stayed for a month and a half and then went straight to Texas. I did that whole shebang. Then I came back here and was going to do the whole school thing, but I really don’t feel like I need to. I’m happy.”

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That’s very brave. All the chances that young people don’t understand or would not actually take because they’re such a risk you hopped onto. You’re obviously very independent. Do you find what you did courageous? Was that scary for you?

“Moving? I was terrified. It wasn’t courageous at all for me. I felt almost like a runaway child, ’cause I was like, ‘I need to do this. I need to go away.’ I felt like a rebel. But when I actually did it and had to take care of myself and stuff like that, I freaked out. It was very terrifying. As time went on and I had to force myself to be very independent and take care of myself, it became very beautiful to me. I was very proud of the way I took care of myself. People said I couldn’t do it and I blew it out of the water and did it…overdid it. It was good.” 

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