May 4th, 2011

Remember This Gorgeous Face?

When I was growing up, model Alison Brahe was on every front cover of every magazine in Australia. Every month. She was also on every one of my schoolbooks. I loved her.

When I started working at CLEO in 1994 as Beauty Editor, I had the opportunity to shoot my hero for covers and shoots – she was more beautiful as a person than any of her images. Cliché but true.

So, you can imagine my delight to see Alison this week sitting front row at the Morrison Spring/Summer 2012 show. Now a mum of three ( Lotus, River & Bohdi) and married to Cameron Daddo, she lives in LA working with underprivileged kids teaching them self-esteem.

I grabbed her before she jetted out of Sydney (and luckily she was with mate and uber-photographer Carlotta Moye who snapped her for me.)

Did you love the show?
It was so exciting – the very first fashion show I have ever been too. Ever. Loved it.

Favourite piece?
A beautiful top that looked like a tank but then looped at the back.

Beauty Trick: Only wash once a day – leave some oils on your skin. I cleanse at night only and use jojoba oil on my skin and that’s it. I don’t stick with any one thing – I try different products.

Beauty Secret: It’s sleep. Sorry, but nothing else works.

Signature Scent: Christian Dior J’Adore – my Dad gave me a bottle and I am hooked.

Fashion Fallback.
I’m a maxi dress girl – it hides everything and you can wear flat shoes.

Best advice for female self-esteem?
There is no quick fix. I am a work in progress. I often think when I say something nasty to myself like “You’re fat” – how would I respond to a friend who said the same thing? With kindness and coaching. I think we all need to learn to be our own best friends.

And for kids?
Don’t make other people’s feelings about you. Their vibe and bad mood is their problem – try not to transfer it onto you or take it personally. If you can teach your kids that… I think it’s the answer to everything.

  • Chloe

    Oh I used to love her too! She is still gorgeous and looks so young! Bi@ch!!
    We miss you allison. Come home.

  • Karen

    I remember when she was Australia’s first Portmans girl. I looked up to her, she’s gorgeous and is a beautiful caring person and bought every Dolly mag she was in and some Cleo’s too. I still think she looks as young and gorgeous as she did in the 90s. I’m super excited you met her Paula!

  • Lulu

    Are you serious? She doesn’t look a day older than she did when she was modelling. Good! That must mean I don’t either. Lucky Cameron!

  • She’s Sonic

    What a beautiful woman, inside and out. Brilliant advice for self esteem, and even the advice for kids is something I can take with me.

  • http://twitter.com/stylecounsel Alison Triffett

    Yep…this Alison is a fan of Alison too! Her beauty is clearly matched by her inner beauty which is what makes her truly stylish in my books! I loved her back then and clearly she hasn’t changed one bit…just gorgeous! Come back to Oz Alison!!

  • http://twitter.com/stylecounsel Alison Triffett

    Yep…this Alison is a fan of Alison too! Her beauty is clearly matched by her inner beauty which is what makes her truly stylish in my books! I loved her back then and clearly she hasn’t changed one bit…just gorgeous! Come back to Oz Alison!!

  • natarmstrongsmith

    I wanted to be her when I was younger! So good to see her gorgeous face again!!!

  • http://twitter.com/FoxInFlats Andrea

    Oh wow I LOVED her back then – and Cameron Daddo..I think I even had him on a cover of my school books ;) She looks unreal!

  • Nat

    Beautiful  – Definitely!!! However, she was very rude back in her Dolly days as a model. Fans were beneath her. I hope her living in LA all thss years has changed her attitude. Her mum is the nicest woman you have ever met. Shame!

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