ANTM model, Tatiana Elizabeth, is licensed to help your skin look flawless af
The Queens, New York native model and boss sat down with us to discuss all the ups and downs of her career. She talks about how she got fired from her job before joining “ANTM,” her love for skin, and why she’s so obsessed with all things beauty.
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Whatâ€™s your background and how would you describe what you do?Â Tell us your story.
Iâ€™m a model, business owner, and influencer. I’m from Queens, but spent a lot of my childhood back and forth between there andÂ Maryland. Iâ€™ve always been very into fashion and beauty and I spentÂ endless amounts of time on Tumblr â€“ idolizing celebrities, fashion, andÂ people who are now my peers.
I always knew I wanted to be a part of the industry and spend my time doing something creative but I didnâ€™tÂ know what. Once I graduated high school, I hopped from college toÂ college until I decided to move to New York on my own.
I had like, 3 jobs, and I would find little modeling gigs on Model Mayhem â€“ pretty muchÂ hustled my way into modeling. I knew that modeling in itself wouldn’tÂ support the lifestyle I aspired to have, so I became an esthetician, andÂ started skinBUTTR.
What were you doing before “Americaâ€™s Next Top Model,” and how did you get to where you are now?
Right before “ANTM,” I got fired from the last job that I had at a spa asÂ an esthetician. I had just started skinBUTTR and was a signed model.Â Once ANTM came along, I knew I could take the opportunity to growÂ skinBUTTR and my career as an influencer and model. I took thatÂ opportunity and have been working hard ever since to remain relevantÂ and busy.
What made you want to create SkinButtr? What do your products focus onÂ and how long did the process of creating this brand take?
I created SkinBUTTR because I used to make little formulations andÂ DIY body scrubs and butters for myself. My skin can get extremely dryÂ and cracked, and I saw the difference it made on my skin. A light bulbÂ went off in my head that others could benefit from the products as well.
I wentÂ to school for esthetics to learn a bit more about skin and how exactly toÂ go about making and starting a skincare line, and it has grown from there.Â My products focus on hydrating the skin â€“ the scrub exfoliates away theÂ dead dry skin, and the BUTTRs lock in the moisture and deeply hydrate theÂ skin, giving that famous skinBUTTR glow.
I developed skinBUTTR forÂ about a year before launching and itâ€™s been around for about 3 years.
What was your experience on “ANTM” like? What were some of yourÂ favorite moments and what do you feel like you learned as a model?
“ANTM” was an amazing experience. We filmed for a summer and it wasÂ like being at sleep away camp â€“ just without phones. The girls and IÂ became really close and I was able to connect with people that IÂ probably wouldâ€™ve never met otherwise.
My favorite moment was in theÂ beginning â€“ finding out that I made the final 14. It was the best feeling knowing that no matter how far I would make it I was now a part ofÂ a show that played such a huge part in my childhood was an indescribable feeling.
ANTM put me in the room with some pretty amazing people that I am inspired by. It also allowed me the opportunity to watch closely on how they move through the industry, which has made me more comfortable and confident in situations as a person and a model.
Tell us about a difficult time in your life that you overcame and explainÂ how you did so.
The most difficult time in my life was when my mom put me out after IÂ graduated high school. I graduated a year early so I was only 16. IÂ didnâ€™t know what I wanted to do with my life, my parents wereÂ pressuring me to go to college, and I felt pulled in so many directions.
I was genuinely afraid for my future, and depressed and afraid that IÂ wouldnâ€™t be successful. I didnâ€™t really have much guidance, just peopleÂ telling me what to do without actually explaining why and how it wouldÂ benefit me. I overcame this by just pushing through.
I had to findÂ myself and not be so concerned about others and their opinions â€“ whether it was friends, family, parents. I learned to trust my instincts, beÂ smart, research, and ultimately just be a genuine and happy person. Thus far, things have been working out. Iâ€™m living out my dreams, independently.
What is something about you that people canâ€™t read about online?Â Something you donâ€™t share with most?
I share most off my life online, it helps me feel more connectedÂ and have something to relate to. But, outside of the things I do share, IÂ have really bad anxiety. I often am super concerned and worried aboutÂ situations that I donâ€™t have control over.
But, Iâ€™ve learned to flip itÂ around into a benefit â€“ I feel like it helps me accomplishÂ more. I work the best under pressure. In addition to the pressures IÂ already face, me putting that extra pressure on myself pushes me to goÂ that much harder and get through.
Whatâ€™s your everyday skincare routine? Walk us through the process.
Every day I cleanse, tone, and moisturize with the Skin by SkinBUTTRÂ line. In the shower, I scrub about every other day and apply SkinBUTTRÂ body butter all over â€“ my fave is “Pomango!”
What do you want our readers to learn from this interview?
Itâ€™s clichÃ©, but I want people to know that anything is possible with theÂ right attitude. It took me a long time to realize that things werenâ€™tÂ happening for me because I didnâ€™t know who I was.
I had to learn howÂ to truly be happy within myself, focus on myself, and take the necessaryÂ steps to make things happen for myself. I hope for anyone reading thisÂ to know that you can do whatever you want to do with hard work andÂ persistence.
Photographer: O’Neil Haye