Mode Around The Globe: Riley Grey Simpson
Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa
Todo Santos, Mexico
Riley Grey Simpson
Photographed by NICK URTEGA
Videography by ALEX NOLAN
What was your defining moment as a social media influencer?
My defining moment as an influencer was when I realized that there is a true art behind creating a photo. When people see or follow me, I want them to feel as though they know me through each photo. Once I realized and practiced how to do just that, I knew this was made for me. Ever since that moment, I’ve gradually been able to accomplish dreams and goals I never thought would be possible like being featured in Modeliste magazine.
How do you hope to influence people through your social media platform? What can people expect to see when visiting your social media page(s)?
I hope to influence people to be themselves and to lead with love and any and all situations. To accomplish your goals no matter what! When something is for you just do it, if you feel the need to not do it then don’t. It’s not for you! I just want to be a positive, inspirational person online that people can follow and I can share my energy with them even if it’s just through photos.
What do you predict will be the biggest trends of fall/winter?
The biggest trend of fall is going to be style, streetwear. I am dropping my new streetwear line too!
Favorite brands / places to shop?
Pacs, Brandy Melville, ALO, Urban Outfitters and Nike. I do a lot of thrifting on Melrose as well and Sunday flea markets to get certain styles.
A movie you can watch on repeat?
I watch Pineapple Express whenever I can’t think of anything else to watch. Somehow that’s always a vibe.
What’s your go-to airport look? Essentials to pack in a carry on?
My go-to airport look is comfy oversized sweatpants, cropped t-shirt and a huge hoodie. My essentials for my rolling carry-on is, I pack one outfit in case my luggage gets lost, laptop, chargers, AirPods, perfume/lotion, snacks, water, blanket, chapstick, and a little bag of toiletries just in case!
What was the highlight of your stay with Modeliste at Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa?
The highlight of my stay with Modeliste at Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa
was the beautiful tub in my room as well as the beach club they had. The tub provided the most relaxing and luxurious time during my stay. It was such a beautiful way to start and end my days. The beach club was just an offsite paradise that I couldn’t get enough of. The food was absolutely insane in every way which made everything that much more amazing.
What’s a typical work day like for you?
A typical work day is all day for me. I love my job as a model and influencer. I normally start my day at 6am with breakfast before I go to training at the gym at 7am. After a workout meal, I shower and get ready to make content for about 4-5 hours, stacking enough content for that day and some for the next day because posting starts at 8am everyday for me! After I feel I’ve done enough content, I move over to promos/emails and other projects. I’m constantly trying to grow my business, brainstorm on future ideas that will get me to the next level. Normally, I schedule with photographers or friends to shoot, book studios and get outfit selections from different companies so I have looks to shoot in. I could go on and on, but it just never stops because I can easily be having fun and working at the same time with my type of job. Everyday is different but that’s normally how my workdays go.
What’s your everyday make-up routine? Any products you’d recommend for our Modeliste readers?
My everyday makeup routine is starting off with my skincare and eyepatches. Then I use the Milk tinted moisturizer and concealer with th epizie blush and a cute small wing to insinuate my cat eyes. I highly recommend Milk’s new tinted sunscreen. It blends into the face perfectly. Pixi has one of the best rub on blush glow sticks I’ve ever used and NYX brown lip liner is top 5 for lining the lips! Pixi also has some of the best eye patches. I use the green ones overnight along with Tula eye brighting stick (the pink one).
What’s something your fans would be surprised to know about you?
Something my fans would be surprised to know about me is that I was denied to be a model at 8yrs old. It had always been what I knew I wanted to do, and even after taking a whole 2 minute meeting to be told it’s never going to happen because I’m too short, it did not phase me. From that moment on I practiced my poses.
Are you working on any projects you’d like to share?
I am working on my clothing line right now hoping to release it in time for my birthday!