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Model Spotlight: Alicia Rountree

By Ashley Wright

The angel you are about to meet is a superhero in every way. A model by day, a restaurateur by night. Alicia Rountree is a blessing to the universe and a double threat! Alicia appeases the eyes of those who get the chance to see her beautiful swan like physique and piercing eyes in her day job. While at night, she's tickling the senses satisfying the appetite of those who get the chance to enjoy her delicious food. A Mauritius-born gal who has stunned us from every angle! Ladies and gentlemen, Alicia has arrived and is here to enhance our lives. Sit back, enjoy the view, and try the chocolate fondant... this is the type of girl who we will never get tired of. Trust us, you're going to want more!
Besides Mauritius and New York, where have you had the most fun living?
I enjoyed living in London, Paris and spent a wonderful 2 months in Sydney.
Where's the most picturesque place you've done a photo shoot?
There are so many... Bali, Capetown, Hawaii, Tulum...
Looking back, which shoot/editorial do you think showed you perfectly?
My latest shoot for Cosmo UK (October issue) sums me up perfectly. It's simple, sophisticated, but has an edge!
alicia_cosmo_uk Looking forward, what is your dream shoot/editorial/gig? Please feel free to be as creative and specific as you'd like.
Would love to work with Peter Lindberg for David Yurman. The images are so raw, natural, and classy.  Pirelli calendar would also be a dream.
Who is your closest friend in the industry? How often do you get to work with her?
My two besties are Angela Martini and Kenza Fourati. We are a trio. We have shot all together once; and I have shot an editorial and campaign with Kenza. Wish we could be on jobs together all the time!
10354302_451320675012233_495800687_n We've been to the Tartinery in Nolita. What is it like to run a successful restaurant chain?
It very satisfying to see something you've worked so hard for doing well. Also, I always know I have somewhere great to have a nice healthy meal!
What is your favourite item off the menu at Tartinery?
The labne Tartine, quinoa salad and chocolate fondant. Yum!
10554152_241207409423627_521288395_n Has a career in modeling helped prepare you to be a restaurateur?
I would say that it has helped me, because I meet different people everyday as a model, and it's the same in the restaurant business.  It took a lot of fears away.
When you have some free time from work, who do you spend that time with?
My family whenever I can.
What's your idea of a perfect date?
Surprises are fun. Good ones of course! And good conversation.
What approach should a guy use that will grab your attention?
Be a gentleman and don't play games.  It's a waste of time and energy. I appreciate details.
10598736_1521333428102065_1767674906_n It's always best to be "at the right place at the right time." Where should a guy go to meet a girl like you?
The airport! I'm constantly traveling for shoots.
Many people think that models live extraordinary lives, but they enjoy normal things like everyone. What are some of your everyday hobbies?
At the moment, I am doing a year long course online studying nutrition and wellness. I love go to the theatre in my free time and sometimes just hanging out at home not having anything to do is bliss! When you travel so much, you really appreciate just being home.
Having visited and explored so many cities and museums, what has been your favourite exhibit?
Miro exhibit at the Tate in London a few years ago and the Calder show outside Paris last year. I enjoy going to Art Basel in Miami in December, as well. It's my birthday then and always fun!
Can you share any nutrition and fitness tips?
Try to stick to fresh and organic.  I became vegetarian 2 years ago.  I feel lighter, since. I think food combination and moderation is key.   As a workout, I enjoy pilates, ballet, and yoga. When home in Mauritius, I love water sports, especially water skiing.
10375796_1431443217116863_1062103674_n Can you share any beauty secrets for the everyday woman?
My facialist Mzia Shiman is wonderful. I use rose water and coconut oil on my skin. But, number 1 is sleep! You need your beauty sleep!
Do you play any sports?
I don't really have time for sports, but have a mean game of ping pong with the family at home in Mauritius!
If you weren't a model, what would you want to do?
I am interested in a lot of things. I could be a designer, actor... anything artistic.
Can you describe what was going through your mind during your first shoot?
I just remember thinking, I love this.
1597093_541449139311968_2094524579_n Fashion is all about creativity and identifying trends before they become trends. What do you think the next big thing in fashion will be?
Being yourself. Because, that has always been in fashion and will never go out of fashion.
What are some things your fans may not know about you that they would find surprising?
I'm spiritual.  I'm a girl's girl.
Photo Credits: Alicia Rountree, Peter Podonomou


Ashley Wright is a Junior Editor with FVM.

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