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BEHIND THE SHOWER CURTAIN: CHRISTINA GRASSO

5 July 2017

In case you don’t already, follow @thepouf on Instagram. You won’t be sorry. We’re big fans of Christina Grasso here at Soap & Glory, from her early adoption of millennial pink to her savvy writing skills at StyleCaster to her charitable spirit with PROJECT HEAL & GLAM4GOOD! We caught up with her to learn more about the life of a NYC social media editor!

What is your favorite color (we think we know the answer…)?

Hehe! A very specific shade of pastel peachy pink 🙂 But I wear head to toe black 99% of the time (I know, I know).

What are your thoughts on the whole ‘millennial pink’ trend?

I think it’s hysterical, and for me it’s not a trend, really, as I’m not hugely trend-focused and much prefer a sense of timelessness in all areas of my life. It’s pretty much been my favorite color since I came out of the womb, though, probably because ballet and dance have been a big part of my life and I always loved the color of my slippers and pointe shoes. It’s just a very nostalgic, calming, happy color for me and I’m lucky to now have so many options!

What does a day in the life of Christina Grasso look like?

I usually try to (ideally) get up around 6-630 and put in a few hours of work for Project HEAL, a non-profit I’ve worked closely with for 5 years. So usually I’ll do that while having coffee and watching the Today Show. Then I’ll get into the office around 9 or so, work until 7ish and then if I don’t have an event or a dinner I’ll come home, put on sweats, and idly watch whatever shows on while doing more “extracurricular” work. So basically, I’m a workaholic during the week, but I try my best to unplug by 9pm every night to do some reading and decompress/maintain some semblance of sanity.

What’s your favorite place in NYC? So many places!

There’s a Catholic Church in Brooklyn that my Grandfather went to as a child and where he eventually married my Grandmother, so that’s definitely a special one for me. Otherwise, I really just love to wander aimlessly through downtown and Brooklyn, especially early in the morning with a strong coffee before the city wakes up. •

Current beauty trend you can’t get enough of?

I’ve always kept it pretty simple with bare, glowy skin, a fluffy brow and either a bright red lip or subtle cat-eye. I’ve done the whole bleached white hair/dark brow thing á la Madonna in 1986 for a few years now, too, which I suppose isn’t all that simple.

Favorite Instagram account to follow?

It changes all the time but for as much as I love an aesthetically pleasing feed, at the end of the day I love people who keep it real because I just want to laugh. It’s truly the best medicine. So for that, I love following @lowcheekbones who does some hilarious videos, @mohamedhadid who has the most entertaining Instagram Lives, @brenebrown who is a good dose of soul food, and @shitheadsteve and @tank.sinatra who purvey an endless assortment of memes that always manage to crack me up even when they’re completely inappropriate.

Current favorite meme?

Oh gosh, that’s so tough! I have a very dark sense of humor so most things I find humorous are probably not universally funny. But I will never not laugh at the meme of the tiger jumping through that woman’s kitchen window, of sweaty Ivan Drago going, “If he dies, he dies,” the cat with ham on top of it, and the alligator ringing the doorbell. I’ll stop there.

Where did you grow up?

Sharon, PA—it’s a very small town just a stone’s throw from the Ohio state line, where on any given day you may find an Amish horse and buggy tied to the light pole at the local Walmart. It really never gets old!

What do you love most about your job?

I feel really fortunate that I get to channel my weird, creative, ambitious energy in a productive way; and most of all, that I have an outlet to write and discuss things that I find important. It’s crucial to me to always remember just how lucky I am to get to do what I love, and to always remember both why I started and where I came from. And yet, I still have a whole laundry list of things I want to do and accomplish (including my laundry).

Where do you find the most inspiration?

Music, books, and people. My parents and siblings; my friends Stacy, Liana, Frannie, and Sophia; and any person who uses his or her voice and/or platform for brave and important work, sincerely, for the good of others. A few people that immediately come to mind are Glennon Doyle Melton, Ruthie Lindsey, Tavi Gevinson, Stevie Nicks, Karlie Kloss, Piera Gelardi, and Lady Gaga.

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

That one day the very things that made me feel insecure and weird would become my greatest assets, and my most difficult struggles would become my strengths and bring into my life some of the strongest, most incredible people I’ve ever known. Also–and yes it’s kind of tired–but to always be yourself. I remember when I graduated from 8th grade, one of my favorite teachers sat me down and very sternly told me not to change as a person and to fiercely protect my “magic.” Though I’ve grown a great deal since then, at my core I don’t think I’ve changed much at all and that’s now something of which I’m proud, especially as I’ve gone through a lot.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received & who gave it to you?

My Mom has really beautiful skin, and she taught me from a young age to never go to sleep with makeup on no matter what, and to always moisturize and wear sunscreen. And to this day, even if I roll in at 3am with stubborn glitter makeup, I always, always wash my face before hitting the sack. I’m only in my twenties, but I know I will grow to appreciate this wisdom more and more as I get older.

You’ve got FIVE minutes to get ready in the morning… what’s your #1 essential?

Definitely a good moisturizer with SPF. And lots of coffee!

What’s your favorite Soap & Glory product & why?

I love the Hocus Focus illuminator–I mix a few drops of it into my moisturizer for a subtle, dewy glow. Also, I just love the name because Hocus Pocus is one of my all-time favorite movies!

What’s your spirit animal?

Stevie Nicks! If we’re talking actual animals, probably a standard poodle.

Why do you think the Future is Female?

So, feminism is at the forefront of public consciousness right now but I, personally, have a quieter approach to the whole subject. It’s a very important issue to me, especially as someone who was educated at an all-women’s institution, but I don’t feel the need to put it on a t-shirt to feel empowered as a woman or to make contributions to move society forward. Frankly, I’d like to think of the future as being more human, period—regardless of gender, race, religion, etc. I think the most important thing right now is that we all move forward in a kinder, more accepting, inclusive way including, but not limited, to female empowerment.

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