Alfa Glifberg, School Girl & Dance Enthusiast
Born across the pond to Danish parents, this bilingual beauty spills the beans on life in San Diego, alternative use of lipstick, and the sweet smell of her mum.
You were born in the States and lived there for many years. Tell us a bit about that.
I was born in San Diego, California. My dad is a professional skateboarder [Rune Glifberg, –ed.] By the time I was a year old, I’d visited 11 different countries: Skate competitions were a natural part of my life, but I found it all a bit boring to be honest – it wasn’t really a choice I had. But I loved being on the beach and out in nature. Fortunately, many of the competitions took place in really exciting countries. When I started school, we stayed mostly in San Diego. I went to two different schools: First, an autonomous Steiner-Waldorf school and then a typically American school with uniforms and strict rules. We returned to Denmark just before my 10th birthday. I felt totally American and didn’t want to come back. But I settled quickly and now it’s impossible to image what it would have been like if we hadn’t moved back to Denmark.
What’s the difference between life in the US and life in Denmark?
Things are far more liberal in Denmark than in the States. When I moved back, I took the train to school alone. It was no big deal for my Danish friends, but unthinkable in the US. Not only because of the distances, but also the mentality. My friends over there are still driven to school by their parents. And probably will be until they get a driving license and their own car. There’s such a big difference between how you’re allowed to act as a child and teenager. I love Denmark, but would like to return to the US again. I’m an American citizen, so always have the opportunity to go back to live and work there. I definitely will at some point.
What do you do in your spare time?
I attend elite dance classes for around 6 hours a week. One day a week I work for the artist Tal R, helping with practical stuff. I’m beginning to feel the pressure of schoolwork and upcoming exams, though.
Describe your daily skincare routine.
I wash my face morning and evening with Rudolph Care’s Face Foam or water. Afterwards I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I use a facial scrub a couple of times a week, and a facemask and moisture spray from Mario Badescu.
And your go-to make-up look?
I use Lucas’ Papaw Ointment as a highlighter on my eyelids. I love what a hit of blusher can do for the face. I’ll wear either a pink powder blush from Chanel or a coral-coloured blush from Mac. Red lipstick on the cheeks also looks beautiful. Some days I wear a little mascara, or concealer if I need extra coverage.
How do you look after your hair?
I don’t wash it very often, but when I do I use a volume shampoo and conditioner from Organic Hairspa. I’m toying with the idea of getting a fringe. But I won’t know if it suits me or not until it’s too late!
Which perfume do you use?
When I use perfume, I end up smelling like my mum! I inherited her Coco Mademoiselle perfume–and I love it. She wore it throughout my childhood and when worn in small doses, it smells warm and spicy without being too grown up.
Do you use body care products?
I use a body scrub a couple of times a week. I just bought one from Rudolph Care; it’s insanely good. I use body lotion when I remember; I’ll just grab whatever I find on the bathroom shelf. I also use a natural mineral salt deodorant every now and then, and avoid antiperspirants that contain aluminium.
What are you plans when you finish Year 9?
I’ve applied to study at Christianshavns Gymnasium [an upper secondary school in central Copenhagen, –ed.]. If I don’t get in I’ll probably take Year 10 at my current school or go to school in France or the US for a year.
Text & Photography Liv Winther for Wash Your Face