After parading for firms like Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Siriano, being the image of Mango, Lane Bryant and Wet´n Wild, Alessandra García-Lórido, daughter of actor Andy García, claims her place in Olympus fashion. We take advantage of our special September fashion number to ask the model about her style secrets and the key to maintaining that strong and positive attitude that characterizes her.
Did you always know you wanted to be a model?
No, I started studying film at university and thought I would dedicate myself to that, but in my second year I was signed by a modeling agency in Los Angeles and I arranged.
Do you see yourself as an example to other girls?
Yes, my work goes beyond just photo shoots. I try to promote my belief in loving yourself and [transmit] positivity regarding my image in my day to day.
What was your parents' first reaction when you told them you wanted to be a model?
They supported me from the beginning and it seemed like a good opportunity.
Which women are icons of style for you?
Mónica Belucci, Penélope Cruz and Sofía Loren always inspire me.
What do you think of terms like curvy or plus size?
I like curvy … plus size can be very restrictive. I want to inspire all women, not just plus size women. Why can't I sell clothes for any woman?
What is the best style advice you have learned as a model?
That proportion is everything. No matter what size you have, you can wear whatever you want as long as it is your size and it fits your body well.
What are your favorite stores and brands?
I buy a lot from Asos, they have a good range of sizes. As for designers … Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Johanna Ortiz.
You are one of the protagonists of the Dolce & Gabbana autumn campaign, how was that experience?
It was incredible, a real dream come true. The entire team was wonderful and we had a great time dancing on the streets of Palermo. After parading with my sisters on the last catwalk, I was chosen for the campaign along with a very varied group of girls who came from all over the world. I want to do it again!
What is real beauty for you?
Be strong, positive, and loving.
If you could change something in the fashion world, what would it be?
It would remove limiting categories for models, so that companies would be encouraged to put more models of different sizes in their campaigns.