Did you know that most VMV Hypoallergenics models are family members, good friends, work colleagues and real fans of the brand?
Meet Mariza Hourani, a Lebanese-British-Spanish-Philippine stunner who’s also my longtime bootcamp trainer’s daughter. Her dad’s seen me balloon through pregnancies and work myself to a purple-faced mess to get fit again. He trained my dad through his recovery from stem cell transplants and chemo, and still trains my energizer-bunny of a mother in her 70s. Mariza’s mother is one of the nicest, most creative women I know and does pretty much all my kids’ birthday parties plus crazy-good, crazy-healthy eggplant salads and hummus.
We’ve been friends, is what I’m saying, and I’ve been witness — often through stories shared mid bootcamp (usually when her dad’s trying to distract me from my lack of oxygen) — to Mariza’s growing up.
Mariza was also my now-3yo son’s first crush. The photo below shows him at a few months old clinging to her. Seriously, this continued a good, long time. He refused to be removed from this happy hugging. And who can blame him?
LAURA: Your dad’s punished me for years and I still remember our first workouts. When did you first “meet” VMV?
MARIZA: VMV has been a part of my life since I was a kid as I had very sensitive skin growing up and most other brands didn’t have anything hypoallergenic! I used to have the worst lip problems — I couldn’t even smile without them bleeding. Without VMV, I really don’t know how different my life would be.
L: Ouch (the bleeding) but nice to hear (that we could help 🙂 What are your biggest skin concerns or skin goals?
M: As a model, I’m always concerned about my complexion. I do have to be in makeup quite a lot so it’s the biggest relief to be able to use VMV products that don’t make me break out! I think my biggest skin goal would be to stay as youthful as can be for as long as possible. My career kind of depends on it, ha ha!
L: We can help there, too, I’m sure. Which VMV products do you use?
….. What don’t I use?
L: Ok, which would you consider your faves?
M: I’m white as a snowball. It’s so bad that I’ve used the lightest shades of other makeup lines as BRONZERS. That being said, hands down my favorites are the Skin Savvy Foundation and Illuminants Powder — you actually have my shade!!
L: What do you like about this very bare, very natural look for spring?
M: I’ll correct you right now and point out that I not only like it, I LOVE IT. So many people have the wrong idea about makeup; it’s not supposed to cover up your features, it’s supposed to enhance them. That’s exactly what this look is all about. I feel so preeeeetty
L: I stand happily corrected. And for days when a bare look just won’t cut it, what makeup looks get you jazzed?
M: I’ve always been into the pin-up look. Sexy, classy and timeless all in one.
L: Taking note of that for a future shoot. How would you describe your personal style?
M: Can we skip this question? #identitycrisis
L: Wait till you’re in your 40s. How do you keep as fit as you are?
M: I’m fit?? Hahaha! I try my best to get a jog in whenever I’m not busy with work 🙂
L: What’s your favorite activity to keep healthy?
M: Sleeping. Hands down. You’d be suprised how crucial things like this actually are until you’ve been deprived of them.
L: Totally agree with you. Didn’t think of sleep as an activity until my first experience with a newborn. What’s it like having a trainer for a dad?
M: I would be nowhere in my career without him. He’s been my biggest supporter and closest friend. Friends fight, A LOT, but it’s nothing a few burpees won’t fix.
L: Your dad and those #)*$& burpees. What was it like growing up in your family?
My life has been a fairytale 🙂
L: Those words, just like that, are what I’d love to hear my kids say some day.
Mariza is a model and freelance writer.
Laura, VMV HYPOALLERGENICS CEO
Laura is the CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics and eldest daughter of our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist. She has two children, Madison and Gavin, and works at VMV with her sister and husband (Madison and Gavin frequently volunteer their “usage testing” services). In addition to saving the world’s skin, Laura is passionate about learning, literature, art, health, science, inclusion, cultural theory, human rights, happiness and goodness.