Ali loves Doris Day, Auntie Mame, Judy Garland, jazz, being alone, watching the History Channel and wearing Aerosoles to the Goodwill so she can hunt with a fervor for vintage finds. She’s a beautiful, stylish nerd who wants to be a wedding planner for gay couples because she lives for the romance in life. Although I am convinced that she should be on the stage, Ali doesn’t need one because she is so immersed within her own imagination – life is her stage. “The best thing in the entire world is when you see someone walking down the street, and you see the wind blowing in their hair just the right way, and suddenly, it’s a scene, and it’s so perfect.” Ali’s a showstopper in a red and black plaid prom dress, Ralph Lauren style. But what makes it so outstanding is the way she poufs it up with crinolines, throws a leopard hooded cape over it and adds extra detail with a random piece of black lace over her shoulder.
Great taste is in Ali’s genes – her mom’s hand-me-downs include a custom Commes des Garcons plaid twisted skirt that Ali wears as a tunic and a sequined rabbit fur trim jacket that Ali wears over a vintage bathing suit. When she wears it, she pictures herself being “really pretentious, at the beach and reading a FDR biography.” The truth is that Ali is as unaffected as they come. She is as much her charming, real self in jeans, Cole Haan loafers and a big sweater as she is in her grandmother’s beaver fur hat, “running through the train station. You find your love in this hat,” she says. Knowing Ali, she’d be running in her beloved $9 Ross pumps. She thinks she’s not an original, but she is.