ANTM All-Star Lisa D'Amato Talks Perfume
We chatted with Lisa D'Amato, winner of America's Next Top Model all-star season, and Ben Bennett, creative director of Hatch Beauty, about fragrance, reality TV, and what's trending. Make sure you're following us on Twitter @realbeauties for a chance to win your own bottle of the ANTM perfume!
Real Beauty: Lisa, how was it being back on America's Next Top Model? Did you have to think twice before signing on?
Lisa D'Amato: It was an amazing experience the first time, but a catch-22 for sure. People only saw one side of me, which was a bit hard to swallow. My personality is big, but my heart's even bigger, and that got overshadowed by my wild child personality. I've been working so hard since my original season, and this isn't my first rodeo, so I was a little scared. Ultimately, I thought my heart and drive were really well-depicted this time around.
RB: How was your experience on the set, Ben?
Ben Bennett: I've been such a long-time fan of the show and watched every season, so it was great to see everything in action. As reality-show watchers, we assume there's a lot of scripting and story construction but I can tell you with all honesty, what you see is very, very real. It was a lot of work and very fast-pacedI left with a lot of respect for Tyra, the contestants, and all the team there.
RB: Did you come away with any good Tyra stories?
BB: She actually wasn't there when I shot my stuff, but you can feel her influence throughout. I have such respect for her, having been a big model and now a businesswoman. I can tell you that Nigel was wonderful, and if you think he's attractive on TV, wait until you see him in person. Mind-boggling. He's so perfectly constructed and very tall. I'm tall, too, so my mom called me after the episode and said, "You look kind of short."
RB: Next to all those tall models, too! On the episode's original challenge, each girl had to create her own perfume. Lisa, what were you thinking about when competing?
LD: I was so stoked for that challenge, and really wanted my scent to exude fun. I wanted whoever was wearing it to smile and feel ready to go out and have fun with friends. We all work so hard, and life is hard, so I wanted to use the fragrance to let loose, enjoy life, and be optimistic.
RB: The resulting Dream Come True scent was created with all the contestants' creations in mind and seems to share a lot with yours. What kind of girl does it epitomize?
LD: It's the girl who the whole world is against, but with faith in oneself and hard work, anything's possible. Look at meI don't think anyone thought I'd win All-Stars.
BB: For me, it's youthful, but not strictly for young women. It has an energy, a spirit and a brightness to it. I think Lisa won that challenge because what she was trying to convey was spot-on. Whenever we go into a financial and economic slump, we all want to be optimistic and products begin to come out that show a lot of happiness. Dream Come True is that.
RB: Scent is so important in our personal histories. Do either of you have strong, early memories of perfume?
LD: I loved my mom's perfume. I remember putting it on before class in third grade because I had a crush on my teacher. I think I realized I must have used too much when he came to my desk and said, "Honey, don't spray that perfume again tomorrow, okay?"
BB: My earliest memory is of my mother, too. I was the only child of a single mom, so she was always working a lot to take care of me. Our quality time was really in the bathroom, when I'd sit on the floor while she got ready. I'd watch her do her face, her hair, and she'd always finish with fragrance. I saw her as being this beautiful woman, so now when I think of perfume, I think of beautiful women.
RB: Ben, you started your career as a trend-caster, and Lisa, you're just plain cool. What do you guys see as being big upcoming trends?
LD: I love timeless beauty stuff and simple looks, like just a little mascara and peachy lip gloss. For me, the most important thing is always just to exude confidence. I think it's the most beautiful thing ever.
BB: I think we can expect a big return to color. Beauty products are kind of adult candy and when times get tough, that's what women are going to indulge in. You might not be able to buy a new car right now, but you can go out and get a new lipstick. Color goes hand and hand with wanting to be happy and optimistic like we discussed earlier, so it makes sense. Trend-wise, I think you'll see people picking either or. They'll do bright shades in their hair or on the nails and then go bare-faced, or vice versa.
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