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'My name is Ella [@ellamaiweisskamp] and I'm a photographer and model in Los Angeles. I was originally born in Australia in a really small town called Gladstone, in Queensland—the population nowadays is like 30,000, so I was never a city girl—but I've lived in LA since I was 14. Recently I was shot for Glossier's Boy Brow campaign—they actually scouted me through Instagram, which is crazy. Thank God for Instagram! I was out-of-this-world excited...To have such an amazing opportunity handed to me, along with a trip to NYC, I guess you could say I was the happiest person alive. It also just goes to show that you don’t even need to have millions of followers to book jobs. Photography is something I take really seriously. I picked up a camera when I was twelve, and I’ve just been obsessed ever since.
I never really took notice of my eyebrows until the day of the shoot. I’ve never colored my brows, and I’ve decided to not pluck for a while...I kind of want to grow them out and do my own thing with them. Boy Brow was a really good product fit for my actually—I remember getting back to the hotel that day after walking around New York in the hot sun, and my brows still looked perfect without feeling caked-on. Now that it's out, I need to get some more...
When I used to have acne, I would literally put an ice cube on my face and rub it in every night, like one or two, and it makes your pores really tight and gives you a kind of glow. My daily go-to now is this Yes To Carrots Moisturizer...I got it at Marshall’s for like, 10 bucks. I just got this one face wash by Aveeno and it’s a very, very, very light exfoliator, and I also use the Glossier Soothing Face Mist and Priming Moisturizer. Honest to God, my skin is like baby-soft every day now. My aunt, who lives in Australia, first showed me Lucas Pawpaw Ointment and she sent over a bunch because I loved it so much—I use it for everything.
I never wear foundation because my skin gets greasy so fast if I put on makeup, but with the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint it’s like putting water on your face. It feels like I’m not wearing anything, honestly. I never do blush, but if my sister does it on me—she does my makeup on me every now and then—she uses like a little bit of Revlon Lipstick and then dabs it. I love a cat eye! I have these almond-y shaped eyes and I feel like it enhances it sometimes...it’s a way of looking really dressed up without even trying. I usually just do a half-lid and a little wing with Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner.
Two or three years ago I thought, 'When I’m pregnant I don’t want to get stretch marks,' [Laughs] I don’t know why, I was dumb and 14, so I was just going to lotion my body up every night. I bought Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods…I love the scent, it’s like very light and misty. I started getting stretch marks on my thighs because I was growing, too. When I was younger I would cry in my room about them, I was so insecure. Boys would make fun of me for them in high school, I remember. My friend had none, so I thought I was just kind of a weirdo, but I realized that this is totally normal! I used to be so insecure about it, but I don’t even care anymore.”
—as told to ITG