As first assistant to makeup artist Aaron De Mey, you can usually find Tayler Treadwell (@taylertreadwell) at his side, working on fashion campaigns all over the world or hanging out at home in Brooklyn. Kristin Gallegos talks to her about her fiance, bull riding, and her hatred of mustard.
Where do you currently live?
Brooklyn, New York
Where are you originally from?
Salt Lake City, Utah
What do you do?
I'm a full-time assistant for makeup artist Aaron De Mey.
Any upcoming projects?
Right now, we're heading to Paris for fashion week.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Happiness is never perfect.
What is your greatest fear?
I'm still afraid of the dark.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
It depends on my mood, I guess.
Which living person do you most admire?
They know who they are; I make sure to tell each of them almost everyday.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Impatience, procrastination, and over thinking.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Disloyalty and not thinking.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Cigarettes in New York
What is your favorite journey?
I don't really listen to Journey.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Originality and social status.
On what occasion do you lie?
Only when it's necessary (like right now).
What do you dislike the most about your appearance?
I don't have a poker face.
Which living person do you most despise?
How much time do you have?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Totally", "Are you fucking serious?", "I just feel like...."
What is your greatest regret?
Not having any.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My fiance, Gilbert Trejo.
When and where were you happiest?
Yesterday, today, and probably tomorrow too... Give or take a few minutes.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Bull riding and crossword puzzles.
What is your current state of mind?
All over the place.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My mother would say that I swear too much.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Waking up before noon on my days off.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would like to come back as his favorite t-shirt.
What is your most treasured possession?
Two necklaces my grandfather used to wear that he gave to me before he passed away, my rings that were also passed down to me, and my 1956 Elvis fan club bracelet that Gilbert gave to me for Christmas.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Anytime before I have coffee.
Where would you like to live?
One day I'd like to have a brownstone around the corner from where I live now.
What is your favorite occupation?
The one I have now.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Sad eyes, cute voice.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Ambition, intelligence, humor, and the ability to take a punch.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Ambition, intelligence, humor and femininity.
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your favorite writers?
Plath, McCarthy, Roth, Nabokov, Camus, Bukowski, Capote, Bulgakov, Easton Ellis, Cohen, Pynchon, McNeil, Kerouac...
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Anna Nicole Smith, Tank Girl, Riff Randell, Holly Golightly.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents, all three of them.
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
I don't think I'd really like that very much.
Your favorite painter?
Gustave Doré, George Grosz, Gustav Klimt, and Salvador Dali
Your favorite musician?
I'm not a mother yet, but I feel like answering this question would be like picking your favorite child and that's impossible.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I wish I could read minds.
What is your present state of mind?
Happy and optimistic.
What is your motto?
Life is a limbo dance, but it's a question of where you get down, not how low you can get.