There's nothing more romantic than learning to love yourself, and while you're taking the time to practice self-love, you might as well dress the part. We rounded up some of the hottest lingerie to wear (this Valentine's Day, but also well beyond) when you're really feeling yourself. We also caught up with the models wearing the looks to find out what it is they love about themselves and the importance of self-care.
Check it all out in the slideshow below, and remember the wise words of RuPaul (of which model Esther reminded us), "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else?" So true.
Photographer: Ana IramStylist: Heather Newberger
Stylist Assistant: Ludovica Varotto
Makeup: Tony Tulve
Hair: Marina Guidos
Models: Esther at OMIT MGMT, Iman and Maggie at Wilhelmina, Alexa at IMG, Eddy LeRoy Jr.
What do you love most about yourself?
Why do you find self-love so important?
I find it important because, like RuPaul says, "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else?"
What is your go to self-care ritual?
Probably skin care. Like, the time that I put into it makes me feel good about myself and it makes me feel like I'm actively doing something to improve myself, and it's important to me.
What is your skin-care ritual?
Oh god, there's a lot. Double cleanse, moisturize. No, double cleanse, tone, serum, second serum, first moisturizer, second moisturizer, eye cream, and a bi-weekly facial peel. I do a lot.
Get Esther's look: All products used in the story are by M.A.C Cosmetics. Prep skin with a combo of Prep + Prime essential oil and Strobe Redlite. Buff in the face and body foundation, hit high planes of the face with Luna CCB, and spotlight with Kitchmas pigment. Sketch and blend Cherry lip pencil across the lid and into the crease, tap Reflects Rust on the lid, and finish with a ton of Haute and Naughty Mascara. Add a touch of cherry lip pencil to bump up natural lip tone. Apply clear Lip Glass on lid and lip.