Valentine is a non-binary first-generation Mexican who was born and raised in LA.
Walking the runway at Marc Jacobs’ triumphant return for FW21, Valentine Alvarez exploded onto the fashion scene. Their pointed jaw, bleached brows, and unmistakable walk blew both casting and onlookers away, and we haven’t been able to get them out of our heads since. The last few months have seen them shine on the cover of OFFICE magazine and walking for diverse shows like Gabriela Hearst and Savage X Fenty. Read below as they share thoughts on their journey so far, what keeps them grounded, and how they’ve discovered the road to true meaningful self-love.
For a long time, when I looked at myself, I didn’t see beauty. I didn’t really like my reflection, but I also didn’t really like MYSELF. I always found different things to hate about myself. I think it became a lot easier to see the beauty on the outside when I began to see the beauty I had within myself. Recognizing the things that I cherish and admire within myself gave me the confidence to see the beauty I held in multiple ways. I always had moments when I would wear extravagant clothes or outrageous makeup, which always made me feel beautiful for the wrong reasons. I was covered up behind the image I wanted to be projecting. I think it’s amazing when you can see yourself in your best and your worst but still see the beauty.