If you happen to step into an elevator at Copley Place and see a woman snapping pictures of herself, it is likely to be this week’s Instagram style star Maira Perez Let’s hope she’s the only one engaging in this activity. I’d hate to see the ensuing kerfuffle if an army of fashion-obsessed mall employees tried to stuff themselves into an elevator and battled for mirror time as they rushed to work. The melee would sound something like: “I’m taking a selfie!” “No, out of the way! I’m taking a selfie.”
Back to Perez. We had some questions for the 24-year-old Cantabrigian who works at Barneys New York and has a fondness for red lipstick and Channing Tatum
Q. I’m fascinated by your steady stream of elevator pictures. How regularly do you photograph your outfit and, more importantly, has anyone ever caught you in the process of taking a picture of yourself?
A. Typically, I like to upload an elevator pic at least once a week. It started off an inside joke with a friend, and now it’s become something my Instagram friends really enjoy. I’ve never been caught by anyone taking pictures of myself. I make sure I do it before anyone else comes in for the day to avoid awkward situations in the elevator. I do have guest elevator appearances if you make the cut.
Q. Guest appearances, eh? What do I need to do to qualify and show up in one of your elevator shots?
A. You just have to love fashion and your outfit for that day. Wear your bolds and brights for spring.
Q. I may be very wrong about this, but I get the sense that you recently traded all of your neons and pastels for black, gray, and white. Are you maturing in the way that you dress, or did you give up color for Lent?
A. Ironically for Lent I gave up eating meat. It was both a dark and terrible time for me as reflected in my elevator pics of my last 40 days. I love color, the brighter the better. For the spring and summer I can’t wait to bring out all my brights and prints.
Q. You’re not shy about makeup. Do you ever leave the house without your makeup, or are you one of those gals who can’t live without her lipstick?
A. I never leave the house without lipstick. Like Gwyneth Paltrow said, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kickass red lipstick.” It’s the simplest way to brighten up your look instantly.
Q. Store where you are most often seen?
A. I work in a mall, so it’s very easy to get into retail trouble daily. I can be seen regularly in J.Crew and Urban Outfitters. If there’s a bargain to be had, I’m there.
Q. Store where you wish you were most often seen?
A. Hermes. My dream luxury purchase would be an Hermes watch. Nobody needs a $2,000 watch, but a girl can dream.
Q. If you found yourself washed up on a desert island with Channing Tatum, what would you be wearing?
A. Oh, the holy amazingness that is Channing. I’d have to go with . . . a nice two piece bathing suit.