Albanian Model Arselajda Buraku on Immigrating and Embracing Her Body
While receiving a bold new haircut from celebrity hair stylist Garren, Arselajda Buraku tells stories about her native Albania and becoming a model in New York City.
Released on 5/1/2017
I'm not completely free.
I can't go to Milan.
I cannot go to Paris.
I cannot go to London like the other girls.
Arselajda came in and she had gorgeous dark hair.
She has got these very exotic eyes.
She's a star in her own right,
but her hair was doing nothing.
I left my hometown.
I was actually living in the capital,
in Tirana in Albania,
and I left my family there.
I left my mom and my brother
because I had to find a better place.
It was an inner courage inside of me that made me move.
It was about finding freedom,
and also being an aspiring artist.
In Albania, people weren't allowed to express themselves,
even paint with a different theme.
I didn't have a platform where I was able
or even had the chance to show who I really was.
People didn't really understand me back there.
So after I had the chance to have certain documents
such as social security number,
or even work permit authorization,
I ran into my agency and then I just told them
that I want to model because
that's the way how I love to express myself.
I love my body.
I love the way my body moves,
and love the way how my hair waves.
And share my story in every picture that I'll take,
because every picture for me,
it's a moment of past, a moment of present,
and a hope for the future.
I discussed with her that I wanted to do
something quite severe.
I wanted to give her a very short heavy fringe,
And to use her wave and dry it naturally.
And as soon as I cut the fringe, she just lit up,
and she became this character,
and I think it's gonna serve her well.