Bronx baddie Shari Alston is a new kind of video vixen
The girl seen hooked around Tory Lanez’s and Dave East’s arms in the “Loud Pack” video is Bronx native Shari Alston.
With a following over 220,000 on Instagram and almost 40,000 on Twitter, you’ve probably seen her floating around the web as someone’s #WCW.
We talked to her about fake insta baddies and following your dreams. Check it out below!
I went to Laguardia for dance my freshman year of high school and after that I was homeschooled for just a year. I then enrolled in Cardinal Spellman Catholic School in my neighborhood for my junior and senior year. After I graduated high school, I took a break to basically pursue my music and dancing.
How is it being a big sister to your brother who is equally famous?
Having a sibling who does the same thing is kind of like a comfort zone. It’s really dope because we both feed off of each other when it comes to music and what we listen to.
What advice would you give to people who struggle with self-love?
No matter what, no one is perfect! In reality, the girls you see on Instagram don’t really look like that. You could look at someone and think they are the most beautiful person ever, but someone could think the total opposite. It’s all based on opinions really and no one has the true definition of what beauty is. Everyone needs to start looking in the mirror and truly learn to accept themselves for who they are. Absorb what makes you different and realize that it’s unique not “ugly.” You’re your own person and that’s it!
Who were/are some of your influences?
Some of my main influences are Rihanna, Beyonce, Jhene Aiko, and Chris Brown.
When did you decide that this was your calling?
I knew that I always wanted to sing and dance since I was young, but once I got around 13 years old I was positive that this was what I wanted to do for a living. I really am a strong believer in just going for it because wasted talent is not cool.
What’s your take on body positivity and the the outcomes from its movement?
I actually developed anorexia my freshman year at Laguardia. I would constantly look around and compare myself to other girls, which I feel like many young women do today. They want to achieve this Instagram girl look and body shapes that are not even realistic to have. Yes, you can achieve that body with hard work, but some of these girls are literally being worked on! Like, of course if you already have the hourglass shape, you’re blessed that’s in your genes. As long as you’re healthy, that’s what matters the most. I’ve been through the stage of feeling too fat as well as feeling too skinny and honestly it’s not even worth the stress. If you’re living, healthy, and have people that love you surrounding you, that’s all you really need.
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What was it like starring in Tory Lanez’s “Loud Pack” music video?
It was really dope! I walked in and it was so many pretty girls so I was kinda nervous, but it was also cool because they were all around my age or a little older. When I saw Tory he actually recognized me, so that was crazy, especially because we’re always used to hearing them on the radio.
What’s your secret behind your poppin’ makeup this summer?!
Eyebrows are definitely a must, setting your makeup with a loose powder, and Anastasia’s glow kit!
Your style seems pretty sporty on Insta, but how would you describe it?
I would say I get some of my inspo from Kylie Jenner. I tend to wear sneakers everyday, but I really love the look of tight workout wear. When I go out though, I definitely love a good two piece set.
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Where do you want to be 5 years from now?
In five years I hope to be successful when it comes to entertaining. I want to be at the top and I will. I feel like I can really kill it! Being so young (19) right now, I’m really going to work towards being the best performer and entertainer that I can be.