A Beauty Named: Alice Gao

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A Beauty Named is a new concept thought up to shine light on women we believe are stylish, interesting, and talented in their own unique way. They represent a rare group who value the smallest treasures in life, whether it is a good meal, small fashion accessory, or photograph that inspires. Audrey Hepburn said it best: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

Food & Lifestyle Photographer. New York, New York.

How would you describe your personal style? 

My style is fairly minimalistic and “safe.” I gravitate towards neutral colors, the occasional geometric print, and prefer clean silhouettes. My go-to outfit is dark denim or black skinny pants and a light-colored silk blouse (on the looser-fitting side), topped with a great handbag.

What is your most cherished item?

As far as clothing and accessories go, I don’t think I have one. I try very hard not to get attached to any of my clothing. I love the feel of a good closet clean-out, and making sure I’m not attached to anything allows me to cull like crazy. As for other objects, I’d name any of my cameras as a cherished item. I can’t imagine life without being able to capture something I find beautiful.

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Food is something we all love.  Tell us about your favorite place to dine?

In the city, I most enjoy dining at Corton. Its cuisine is a sort of French meets Japanese, and the execution is close to flawless every time I go. It really is some of the best food you can find in N.Y., and my stomach and palate heartily stand by that.

What is the best advice you’ve received from your parents?

“Being good at math will make life easier for you.” Hah, naturally this came from my dad who has a Ph.D. in math, but I do think that having a good grasp on math not only made college a hell of a lot easier (I was an Econ major), but it somehow works its way into my day-to-day. And can change the way I view the world/make decisions.

used2_What are you extremely passionate about?

I’m passionate about urbanism, specifically New York and its continuous development, and what being a “New Yorker” means. I love reading about the history of N.Y.C.’s real estate and the various developmental problems this city faces.

What lady do you think embodies pure elegance and style?

In modern day, I would say Olivia Palermo. She is just so stunning. If I could, I would steal all her outfits (and her nice lean legs along with it).

What do you consider a staple in a ladies wardrobe?

So tough to name just one! I might say a well-fitting trench coat in black or tan. Whenever I toss mine on, I feel instantly put-together and oddly just a bit more powerful and confident. For me, a black one is the way to go, as I’ve spilled one too many coffees on my tan!

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