Today we'd like to introduce you to Mina. We chatted about natural lipstick of course, but also of Erykah Badu and Uma Thurman... A dazzling smile, an overflowing energy: an interview with a sunnyTiger!
Mina is wearing Natural and vegan Matte Liquid Lipstick RED 888
Tell us about you!
My name is Mina, I'm 27 years old. I'm French-Beninese and I've lived in France for 12 years. In life, I've been in recruiting for almost two years, and for the last six or seven years, I've been a model, actress and singer.
Do you feel "Queen of the Jungle"?
Totally! I feel like Queen of the jungle. Especially when I help someone, when I'm needed and I'm there for that person. I think it's my personality, that's just how it is. In all kinds of situations, whether it'd be at work, in life in general, or in public transportation! When someone needs me, I am there, even if it's just to help someone find their way around... And Paris has been my jungle for 12 years!
Are you the only Queen in your jungle, or do you rule collectively?
That is the eternal question, with other women, competition or support? For me it should be support! Then it kinda depends on the vibe the other person gives, I can change my position on the question depending of the other woman's personality. I'm a chameleon! When I have someone nice in front of me, I immediately soak in their positivism, it happens to me very often to just be a reflection of how the person is. I hear that a lot. So in general, I am very supportive. But beware, if I feel like someone is mean, I will not be a pushover. Being a Tiger, in life, is also not let people step all over you.
Which Tigers have inspired you?
Erykah Badu! Erykah is the woman who has always had an Afro, who has always accepted the way she is. I knew her when I was little in Benin, with my little old-fashion cassettes, and I always loved what she said in her songs. I love her, she's my Tiger. I think my style shows that I grew up and used her as an inspiration, with the idea that you could be proud of your natural hair. That's how I learned to love myself, and to love my Afro hair. It's a part of me, whether I'm in Benin or in France!
Natural or vegan: Is it important to you?
Natural is very important to me. Important in compositions and important in style. Because right here I am all done up but in life in general, to go to work or to go for out for a drink, I do not really wear makeup. I just put some lipstick on, sometimes some mascara, my Afro and here we go!
I'm not vegan, but it concerns me. I realize that we consume a lot of meat, so we overproduce meat, with serious consequences on a global scale. We all need to think about our eating habits, make small changes, and vegans show us an interesting way, including in cosmetics... So go vegans!
What makes you so happy you want to roar?
So happy I wanna roar? You'll find it really weird, but I love... lychees. Even on Valentine's Day,just give me a bucket of lychees and I'm totally happy! That's my guilty pleasure!
What makes your claws come out?
Injustice. Injustice gets the claws to come out. As very silly example, in high school a girl was getting bugged for absolutely no reason, they were just being straight mean. I did not hesitate for a second to defend her, even if we did not know each other... We barely knew each other in high school, and she became a great friend. I hate plain mean injustice, towards anyone. Even towards a dog, makes me so angry!
What does lipstick mean to you?
To me, lipstick is the assertion of personality. When I started wearing lipstick, I think I was about 16 or 17 years old – I was a little behind, for girls nowadays, I was behind! – I was putting some intense "fatal woman" red type lipstick. I felt that lipstick was screaming feminism. Besides, when you finally find YOUR lipstick, you never leave it, you don't let go, you wear it all the time and it becomes part of your social image. We all have in mind Pulp Fiction, the girl with her fringe, and her black hair bob, her red lipstick and her red fingernails... it's a very vivid image. Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction is my idol lipstick wise!
Your favorite lipstick color?
My favorite lipstick color is The real Red, pure, fatal, so glamorous. So Tiger!
[Photo JB Jaud ]