She Woke Up Like This: New School Student Paloma Elsesser

Photo: Petra Collins

In this series from Pretty Hurts, Petra Collins photographs six New York women as they prepare for their days.

Student, writer, and model Paloma Elsesser, 22, just wants to feel clean and organized in the morning. “My therapist once said, ‘Even if you feel shitty on the inside, it is always nice to make yourself feel better on the outside,’” she tells the Cut. “So even if it’s like, Fuck Monday, I just start my day out however I want my day to be.”

As a psych student at the New School, Elsesser’s morning classes mean early beauty routines, like exfoliating and shaving. “You can get all the dead skin away, and it is the smoothest result ever,” she says. “It is just like ridding you of that week and starting anew.” 

Click through the slideshow ahead to see Petra Collins’s portfolio of Elesser’s morning routine.

*This article appears in the November 17, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.

Additional reporting by Katie Van Syckle. 

She Woke Up Like This: Student Paloma Elsesser