Regal Tiger was on the hunt for a model to represent the brand for our debut 2016 campaign. However, finding the perfect fit proved to be a challenge. In addition to stop-you-in-your-tracks good looks, we wanted to find someone whose values aligned with the Regal Tiger mission. When we met a breakout international beauty that also happened to champion animal conservation, we knew we’d found our muse. Introducing Alyssah Ali for Regal Tiger.
Originally from Mississauga, Canada, Alyssah entered into the world of modeling at a young age. Discovered at the age of sixteen at a local mall, she began modeling two years later. She quickly landed a breakout job as one of the faces for Yves Saint Laurent’s “La Nuit de l’Homme” fragrance campaign alongside French actor Vincent Cassel. Since then, she has walked for Chanel and represented the brand across multiple cosmetics campaigns. Alyssah cemented her covetable status within the pages of Vogue España, Elle Sweden, Flare, and Marie Claire, as well as notably gracing the cover of Vogue India’s March 2012 issue.
Alyssah is a breakout star that has been referred to as “the face that launched a thousand ships,” but after spending time with her at our editorial shoot at Canoe Studios in New York, we know firsthand that her beauty is just the beginning. She took a break from posing behind photographer Rid Burman’s lens to fill us in on her go-to style advice, beach destination crushes, and why “purpose beyond profit” is the ultimate fashion statement.
What’s your favorite beach destination?
I’m guess I’m biased because my parents are originally from there, but I love Trinidad. Maracas Beach is amazing and the coral reefs of Tobago are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The nylon pool in Tobago is breathtaking. You take a glass bottomed boat to the middle of the ocean where it’s surprisingly shallow and rub dead coral sand all over your body, which is supposed to be really rejuvenating.
Describe your own personal style in three words.
Classy. Sexy. Elegant. And actually, maybe a little bit regal!
What’s the number one fashion or styling item that you can’t live without?
It sounds silly, but I’d have to say a pretty bra. I tend to dress a bit on the conservative side, and it’s an ultra flirty touch to make you feel confident and sexy without anyone else knowing.
What is your spirit animal?
I adore elephants. They’re so whimsical, and to me, represent purity and trust. They’re also really intelligent and have an incredible memory.
Regal Tiger has an ethos of “purpose beyond profit.” We’re partnering with Panthera, what does that mean to you?
As a model, I think it’s important to give back. I love getting involved in worthy causes and am always looking for new charities to support. For my birthday this year, I asked my family and friends to make donations to a charity instead of gifts. I adore working with brands that are committed to something bigger than just fashion.
Panthera works with all wild cats and has specific programs to protect tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, snow leopards, and pumas. Do you have a favorite cat?
I think snow leopards are beautiful. There’s something so exotic about them, and they’re super special since they’re so rare.
If you could take a trip to see any cat in the wild, what would it be?
There is a certain kind of wildcat called a Pallas cat that I love. They mostly live in Central Asia and Russia and have this super thick, fluffy fur that makes them look almost like stuffed animals.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce Alyssah as the face of Regal Tiger’s debut 2016 collection. We love her genuine, down-to-earth vibe and commitment to luxury style with a compassionate heart. She’s so much more than just a pretty face.