Discovered at the age of 12, former competitive sailor and Wilhelmina-signed powerhouse (for starters, she’s worked with such brands as Chanel, Reebok, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Guess, Urban Outfitters, and Zara) Allison Kimball has made it her mission to redefine what she refers to as a “new type” of model—all while broadcasting her love for the world of health and wellness via her Spiked Kombucha podcast, which hit Spotify airwaves earlier this year. We recently caught up with Kimball, who shared her go-to curly hair hacks, how she deals with insecurities and who’s on her dream podcast guest list.
You’ve been modeling since you were very young. How do you keep a good head on your shoulders?
There are a lot of things that help keep me grounded and true to myself—which is very important to me. Some of those things include fishing, surfing, camping or anything to do with the outdoors. Being in nature and going back to the things that brought me pure joy as a kid really helps to remind me why I started and why I keep going. Modeling is something I began doing when I was 12 and I still love it just as much now, if not even more, than I did when I was that age. It’s a love that is so pure and keeps growing—it’s something I’m so naturally passionate about.
Why is it important to you to be a “new” type of model?
I’m short as heck! My height used to be a huge insecurity of mine and it really held me back in the modeling industry. Large changes have happened and are still happening in the industry to allow all types of bodies to become models, which I love. It’s important to me to fully love and accept every part of me. I’m really proud for standing with my head high in the industry and not giving up on my dreams.
You are also known for your curly hair; how do you take care of it?
My curls are definitely a big part of me! It’s a huge balancing act honestly, and every day is different. I have found a pretty good mix of using a few different products. Right now, my routine includes an anti-frizz spray, a leave-in conditioner, mousse and oil to seal in the moisture. I avoid products with lots of protein in them and I stick to moisturizing products instead.
How did you get into podcasting?
I wanted a platform to be able to express different sides of myself that most people don’t see. It’s really only my close friends and family that get to see me with my walls down and my vulnerability at hand. It feels great to be able to be the go-to friend to so many people for my podcast and really be able to give off those true friend vibes to a greater audience. I care about each and every listener so deeply.
Who is your “dream” podcast guest and why?
Oh gosh! There are so many! Honestly, my boyfriend. In an upcoming episode, that dream might even come true. He is my number-one person, inspiration and my biggest influence in my life and I appreciate him so deeply.