By Britt Burritt
With cheekbones like boomerangs, a pretty pout and luminous skin, Peace Haje was meant to be photographed. In every image, she seems lit from within, her skin and eyes aglow.
So, obviously, we had to ask Peace about her skin-care regimen and how she looks so great without stressing it.
What are your holiday traditions?
Normally I spend Christmas with my family and friends. Since I've moved across the country, I’ve had the chance to experience new holiday traditions! Some holidays I don’t get to travel home due to my schedule. When this happens, I join my friends and their families. It’s always such a loving experience!
What is your favourite holiday memory?
I will never forget the time my family told me they had a huge surprise for me at the mall. I think I was six years old and quite a materialistic diva, so the mall was heaven to me. I arrived and my mom took me to see Santa Claus. After getting to the front of the line, I felt there was something oddly familiar about Santa. I hopped on his lap, looked into Santa’s eyes and realized it was my dad!
What do you love about Toronto?
I love the diversity here. It really transcends into the food and fashion, and it's constantly inspiring me with new ideas every day.
You often wear a headscarf. Is that part of your signature style?
It's kind of like my look. I'm someone who's always on the go, and I have like a crazy fro, so maintenance sometimes can take about an hour. My head wraps save me so much time and really make me feel like I belong in an issue of Italian Vogue or something.
Can you explain how you tie one?
It's actually quite easy. First, you drape the scarf over your head and you bring all the material toward your forehead area, and then you twist it up until you can't twist it anymore. You wrap it up into a circular motion, you tuck it in, and voilà. Honestly, there are about 10 thousand ways to wrap a headscarf. That's my favorite type. There are ways you could even braid the material and have it look like you have a bun.
What's your beauty routine?
First I wake up and I drink about two bottles of water. I think that's key for good skin. Then I use a product called black soap. It's ashes from a bunch of natural ingredients, like palm trees and shea tree bark. Then I moisturize with jojoba oil and Vitamin C serum. From time to time I use different types of retinol creams and things like that—those are really good for your pores. I also feel like a good tip for your beauty is to find ways to de-stress, because stress is the No. 1 skin killer.
How do you de-stress?
I love to read a good novel, mostly love stories. Or I love to watch Netflix, or even just meditate—listen to some ocean waves and just meditate.
Where do you find fashion inspiration?
Definitely, No. 1 would be Naomi Campbell. I'm always looking at her Instagram to see what she's wearing to see if I can replicate that. But honestly, I find most of my inspiration from the streets and in movies. And my imagination is pretty crazy, so I feel like I could just look at an earring and it'll influence a whole look in two seconds for me.
Do you have kind of a true north or a guiding principle, personal mantra or something that kind of inspires your life?
I would say my mantra is to move with the intention to love. I feel like when you love, you can't fail; when you love, you can't fear. And the world needs so much of it.