Published on November 12th, 2011 | by thevyne0
Vyne Contributor Spotlight: Alex Hill
Current City: Western Mongolia
Roles you play in life: Daughter, sister, niece, cousin, godmother, friend, Christian, volunteer, athlete
Education: B.A., Advertising, Temple University
Occupation: United States Peace Corps/Mongolia Volunteer, Secondary English Education and Community Development
3 words that describe you: How’s four? Outgoing, perseverance, planner, chameleon
What is your favorite TV show? Favorites over the years: ‘A Different World’, ‘The Cosby Show’ (Both positive shows that highlighted people of color in non-stereotypical, diverse roles…and Bill Cosby went to Temple!), ‘Girlfriends’, ‘The View’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Real Housewives of NY/Atlanta/NJ’ (guilty pleasures)
What is your favorite travel destination?: Zanzibar- the culture, the history, white sands, warm turquoise waters, fresh seafood, beautiful weather…
What beauty product can’t you live without?: I can live without any cosmetics, but give me a Blistex and/or M.A.C. LipGlass (which I have managed to find in Mongolia) and we are good to go.
Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: pray and stand still.
Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: I have always admired Jennifer Lopez’s and Halle’s style with a hint of Cicely Tyson’s glow.
What is your favorite restaurant?: SoHo and Deltas Restaurant when I’m at home in New Jersey; Capogiro’s has the best gelato in Philadelphia; Veranda Restaurant and Namaste Indian Restaurant in Mongolia; McDonald’s any day.
What words do you live by?: Thanks to my parents’ encouragement and wisdom, I am able to live by Robin Black’s words, “Do it. Whatever it is. If you have a dream take the risks and make whatever sacrifices you can.” I reflect on Psalms. In my own words: Love. Pray. Work hard. Rest well. Stay humble.
What is your biggest accomplishment?: I often wonder if my ancestors a century ago could have ever imagined that they (I am made up of nothing but their bloodlines) would be living and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia and would have done all that it took to get here.