Londoner Natalie Nwagbo isn't going to let a little thing like getting kicked off of cycle three of Britain's Next Top Model discourage her from modeling. This 5'11" 23-year-old is an eight-year veteran in the biz. She got her start when a talent scout wandered into the nail salon where she worked and asked if she would fill in for another model at a fashion show later that week.
From there she appeared in print ads, commercials and numerous fashion shows. She is still waiting for her big break, but she believes that her hard work will soon pay off. I spoke with Natalie about her favorite beauty looks, her secret to beautiful skin, and her guilty pleasures.
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What was your all-time favorite beauty look in a fashion show?
There isn't one particular show that I can recall, but overall, I love a really dramatic smoky eye and bright blush.
What do you like best about modeling?
I love the adrenaline rush — it's a wicked experience. I do a lot of catwalk work and when the music is going and everyone is taking your photograph, you feel like a different person. It's amazing.
What's your secret to beautiful skin?
I try to drink loads of water. Every morning and evening I wash my face with warm water and simple soap. I have sensitive skin, so this soap is great because it's pure. In the morning I also use a gentle facial scrub> followed by a hydrating mask. After I rinse it off, I splash my face with cold water to close the pores. Lastly, I apply a facial oil to my face and neck to really seal in the moisture.
What is your secret to maintaining healthy hair and scalp?
I don't over-wash my hair. In fact, I only wash and condition it every two-and-a-half weeks. I chemically relax my hair each month, and I use an hot oil treatment alone with it to help keep my scalp balanced.
What is your must-have drugstore product?
I love Avon Lip Gloss and I like nude colors that have a little bit of sparkle or shimmer.
What is your guilty pleasure?
That's easy because I am obsessed with anything having to do with fashion. I love shoes, clothes, handbags — and I love chocolate.
What does happiness mean to you?
I'm very close to my family, so I would say that happiness is having a healthy and happy family.