Nicole LeBris Talks About Embracing Your Body, Beauty, Fashion, Confidence, and Her Transition from Makeup Artist to Modeling

Nicole LeBris is a plus model based in New York and Miami. Before Nicole started modeling full-time, she was a hair and makeup artist. As a hair and makeup artist, she worked on Bill Clinton, John Legend, Carol Alt, Billy Baldwin, Isaac Mizrahi, Jimmy Kimmel, and many others. As a model, Nicole is represented by Dorothy Combs Models in Miami (her mother company), Model Service Agency in New York, Hughes Models in London, and Brigette Models in Germany. She grew up spending her summers in France and spent her junior year of high school there as well.

Hi, world! I’m Nicole LeBris. So a little about me…Miami and Jersey City is where I call home, although I grew up in Westchester, in the New York City area. Modeling has been my full-time job for the past six years. It’s been a slow and steady progression, switching rolls from behind the scenes as a makeup artist, to being in the spotlight as a model and I couldn’t be happier. I feel truly blessed and fortunate to be able to choose this path and very proud of how far I’ve come. Modeling has allowed me to see some very interesting cities across the country and abroad, and to work with some really talented people. I’ve made great friends in this business and truly enjoy almost every day I spend on set. I’ve modeled for clients such as Kohl’s, Lane Bryant, Vanity Fair, Fruit of the Loom, Belk, Shopko, Catherines, Fashion Bug, Just My Size, and Target. 

How did you get started as a full figure model?

I actually first started as a makeup artist working on films, TV spots, and commercial print. I made a lot of industry connections, and got the push from many people to give it a try. I’m glad that I did. 
 
Have you ever struggled with low self-esteem?  

Of course! It’s been a long road for me. I’m very confident these days, but that wasn’t always the case. Grade school was tough. I was bigger than everyone was and I hated it. I definitely struggled with body image, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized my body is a blessing. I take care of my body, and love it, and it does me good in return. 🙂  
 
What advice would you give to girls and women who are struggling with body image and self-esteem issues?

I would say embrace your body. You only have one body in this life so take care of it and be proud of it. If you are confident in your body and yourself, it will show to other people and will only work in your favor. 
 
What do you love about yourself?  

Physically, I love my body and my unique features such as my dark eyes and light hair, my small waist, and curvy hips. Personality wise, I love my sense of wonder, my curiosity, and my sense of humor. 

Who inspired you to become a professional make-up artist?  

I’m not sure whether someone inspired me specifically, but my mom is the one who put the idea in my head. She told me that she thought it would be something interesting to do when she was younger, but she couldn’t afford school and didn’t know where to go. I always loved colors and painting, and I always played around with makeup at home. I worked two jobs in high school, and that’s where most of my money went– to makeup.
 
What are some of your basic skin care tips that you think are really important?

Moisturize and sleep. Many people are scared of oil, but I love using it on my skin, especially at night. 
 
Lip gloss or Lipstick? Do you have a favorite brand?

I’m more into chapstick or rosebud salve on an everyday basis, unless I’m really going out on the town. Then, I’ll do lipstick just dabbed on my lips and topped with gloss! I love to play up a pout! 
 
What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or night-time face?

Black eyeliner smudged around the lash line, an extra coat of mascara, and add a coat of gloss to your lips.

Where do you love to shop for clothes?

I love Zara for jackets, BCBG for dresses, Cacique for bras, and almost always stop at H&M and Forever 21 when I’m on a shopping spree. I also love Anthropologie. Guess heels and boots fit me like a glove.
 
Who are some of your favorite designers?

Michael Kors and Zac Posen. I love Armani dresses! 

What are some of your favorite beauty products or must-haves?

Two things I can’t live without are my rosebud salve and eyelash curler. I’m all about keeping my skin and lips moisturized. My eyelash curler opens my eyes and can make me look awake if I don’t have time for a cup of coffee. 

How do you define beauty?

Beauty can be so many different things to different people. For me, beauty is something that inspires me. If “it” makes me feel something and excites me, I think that is a sign of beauty.

What features do you love to accentuate and why?

I love to accentuate my eyes in the way they contrast with my hair and skin, so I usually darken them even more and use liner to make them really pop. Body wise, I love to accentuate my waist. I have a real hourglass shape that I love, so I dress with a lot of belts and dresses that hug my curves. 

What does being healthy mean to you?

For me, being healthy means feeling good both mentally and physically. Balance is important. I believe in the idea of everything in moderation. Too much or too little of one thing is not good, especially with diet and exercise.

What are you excited about right now?

I’m excited about all the buzz around plus-size models. People are talking about Crystal Renn’s book (Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves), the controversy surrounding her size, and the banning of the Lane Bryant video with Ashley Graham. I think any publicity is good publicity for us right now. When I say I’m a plus-size model, I still get one of two reactions. They look me up and down and say, “You’re not fat” or “What do you do for your day job?”. A lot of people don’t know what a plus-size model is. So, I think all the buzz in the media, negative or positive, is really a great thing for our industry. 

*Thank you, Nicole!

To learn more about Nicole, visit her websites at www.nicolelebris.com and www.nicoleheidi.com.

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