NAT & LIVLEFAIR
Writer: Madeline Rosene @madelinerosene
Photographers: Jones Crow @jonescrow and Brett Erickson @brettericksonphoto with GRID Agency @gridagency
Creative Director: Tracy Kahn @tracykahn
Wardrobe Stylist: Desiree Morales @desireemorales
Hair Artist: Michael Solis @michaelsolishair with GRID Agency @gridagency
Makeup Artist: Nancy Jambazian
Assistant: Aida Meric
Producer: Bryan Patrick Franklin @bpfrank with GRID Productions @gridproductions
Often influencers’ and celebrities’ social media accounts make them appear to have perfectly un-relatable lives consisting of gifts from Gucci, tropical vacations that don’t seem to end, and meticulously thought out daily ensembles. This is true of cousins @oliviapierson and @nataliehalcro, stars of WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports) on E! TV, whose lives look like fashion fairytales on Instagram. In reality, Nat and Liv are more than fashion bloggers capitalizing on influencer marketing and Instagram feeds that are a buffet for the eyes. The pair are an unexpected mix of glam meets tomboy, true athletes, articulate, well-informed, and utterly committed to their families and their highly successful makeup and style blog, Jérome.
The girls wore sweats and no makeup. We sat inside Real Food Daily on La Cienga Boulevard. Natalie’s French Bulldog, Monkey, was busy rubbing his belly on the cold ground to cool down while we ordered juice, soup, and sandwiches.
MR: What did you do before WAGS?
Nat: I played professional soccer for a team in Virginia Beach and then a team in Vancouver. I did freelance makeup artistry for eight years and Olivia assisted me.
Liv: We were already bloggers before we were on the show. Natalie was almost at a million followers by the time the show was filming. I was at like 600,000
MR: So sports were a big part of your lives before WAGS?
Liv: We come from a very athletic family. I have three older brothers and all of them played sports. I played with boys until I couldn’t play with them anymore. I played sports all the way through high school— volleyball, ice hockey, basketball, and baseball.
Nat: I retired three years ago from professional soccer. My last game was a national championship in Montreal. Afterwards, I took a flight from Montreal right to New York City and where I enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). I studied fashion design and styling.
MR: What is appealing about dating athletes? Have you always been attracted to them?
Nat: We’ve always been athletes so we have the same interests. I played soccer for all of those years so it just happened that way.
Liv: What a lot of people don’t know is that we’re serious tomboys. We can be girly and glam but we lean this way (*points to camo sweat ensemble). We wish we could do this every day. We like to get dressed up but we really enjoy our sweatpants. We’d rather hang out with guys than girls. It’s probably because of our brothers and relating a lot to our dads. In general, I’d way rather go hang out with the guys at a pub.
Nat: As far as being attracted to athletes goes— where you are in your career shows your dedication, discipline and success. That’s attractive to anyone— women and men. You find that in any field of work but it’s especially true of athletes. But basically, if you can’t throw a baseball and I can throw a baseball, that’s pretty unattractive to me.
Liv: It sort of reminds me of the scene in Top Gun when Tom Cruise “throws” a baseball. Our family has a joke about it. He throws it like this! (Demonstrates with limp arm and hand, laughing*). It’s an infamous scene. Everyone talks about it.
MR: Does being family members and business partners ever get messy?
Liv: We never fight. If it’s anything, it’s five to ten minutes of someone being a little bitchy but it’s usually because we’re completely exhausted. My sister and I couldn’t work like this. It’s that classic sister thing. We butt heads. Natalie and I always joke we’re soul mates. If we never find love, we have each other. When our husbands die, we’ll move in with each other.
MR: Is family important to you?
Liv: Family is our life. Who can you trust more than your family? We’re unique in that sense. All of our friends seem like they hate their brothers and sisters or parents. We have a very different family dynamic. It’s two sets of cousins all around the same age and we feel like brothers and sisters. Within the two, there are a lot of friend pairs and strong friendships. Natalie’s brother and my brother are both gay and they are best friends. It was helpful for them when they came out. They didn’t have to do it alone.
MR: The shoot you did with LEFAIR is beautiful but I heard Natalie had to climb up all ten floors of stairs to get to the LEFAIR Loft because you have a slight elevator phobia?
Nat: I’m definitely claustrophobic. I think it started when my brother and sister put me in a sleeping bag and threw me down the stairs! Siblings are crazy. They do that kind of thing. I’m the youngest so my parents would let them babysit me. But then they would do things like put all the pillows on the couch on me and sit on me. Brothers just do shit and think it’s funny!
MR: How did you get interested in makeup? What are your favorite brands and who are you working with now?
Liv: It started in grade six for me. Nat and I went to different schools. When you’re younger, you hang out with people your age so we weren’t really hanging out then. I was at the mall with some girls at Claire’s and I ran into Nat and I asked her if I should get blue or white eyeliner and she said, “White.” I was in 6th and she was in 8th or 9th so I wanted an older girl’s opinion. It was cool then to do that one line of white liner. I think it was Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears who made it popular. What an ugly, terrible trend! But everyone did it! As far as brands go, I’m a MAC fan. Natalie is the foundation concoctor. She will mix
a bunch of brands together to get perfect coverage.
Nat: We work with a bunch of brands— Becca, NARS, Benefit, the Sephora brand.
MR: How do you feel about the role plastic surgery plays in women’s empowerment?
Nat: I think everyone has the right to do what he or she wants with his or her body. If someone makes a decision to change something about their body, they shouldn’t be scrutinized in any way.
Liv: People are so quick to discredit other women based on changes they’ve made. They’ll say things like, “Oh, she’s beautiful. She must have had this or that done…” So where do u draw the line? Everyone has had Botox. It’s really not that serious. People have been altering their beauty for centuries and now our technology has evolved, so our ability to change our beauty has evolved.
Nat: The shaming is really unfortunate. You shouldn’t shame or discredit people for their personal choices. We had a similar discussion on WAGS the other day about if a girl is sleeping around, there is no reason to judge her. Whatever people want to do with their bodies is totally up to them.
Liv: Also, so many people have good work done and no one says anything because they don’t notice. But as soon as someone has bad work, everyone notices and condemns the woman.
Nat: Fake nails, fake tan, fake eyelashes are all okay? Everyone straightens their teeth, but if a girl straightens her nose, that’s cheating? Straightening teeth is flat out aesthetic and it is treated like a necessary medical procedure.
MR: Catch me up. What’s going on in the show right now?
Liv: There are some new girls. We haven’t gotten to know them that well yet so we’re kind of figuring them out. Nicole, our best girlfriend is getting married to Larry English. But mostly we’re just working on our blog stuff. A lot of the recent scenes are of us working on our blog. It’s very meta. It’s like inception. We’re working while we’re working.
Nat: We also have our Guess Marciano collaboration going on and another collaboration with Perverse Sunglasses. We are the first social influencers they have worked on a line with.
Liv: And of course we have our own clothing line that we’re working on, Nat & Liv. It’s unique to us. It’s not a traditional line that drops every season. We drop every two or three months. They’re constant limited edition collections. Once we drop one collection, we’ll never make those pieces again. The line is very romantic and feminine but with an edge. We’re trying to incorporate things that are trendy and current but it’s very wearable. You could wear it to lunch or cocktails or you could wear it to a wedding. The fabrics are super comfortable and the pieces are not super structured or fussy.
MR: Wow, so you have a lot going on!
Liv: It’s a lot of work. There’s never time we can relax because we always should be doing something. We haven’t posted in a while because of that. We’re totally revamping our blog, filming, working with brands. There’s always something. We go to Coachella and we have to post our outfit because the brand is sponsoring it. We just hired an assistant cause we can’t take it anymore. Thank God for Postmates! I just ordered my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers.
Nat: On 4/20, I ordered tweezers and my Postmates guy was so high, he brought me a bag of Twizzlers! ■