MEET ABBOTSFORD NATIVE ALEXANDRIA MACFARLANE, AN AMBITIOUS 23 YEAR OLD WHO’S HUSTLING EVERY SINGLE DAY TO CHASE HER DREAMS.
On any given day, you’ll find 23-year old Abbotsford native Alexandria MacFarlane hustling at one or all of her many endeavors. During the day, Alexandria is a full-time producer and host for Shaw TV’s ‘Go! on Shaw TV’, a community show that covers stories from Mission to Hope. And when she’s not at Shaw, Alexandria might be found coaching cheerleading at G.W. Graham Middle-Secondary School, taking a yoga class, hosting BCHL games for the Chilliwack Chiefs or dancing field side at BC Place Stadium.
Alexandria is heading into her fifth year as a member of the Felions, the BC Lions dance team. A dancer since the age of 2, the Felions is an opportunity for Alexandria to not only entertain but to surround herself with a group of like-minded women, her 35 teammates. “[These women] are my lifelong friends,” Alexandria explains, “they’re very motivated and goal-oriented, it’s a great environment to be around.” A veteran now, Alexandria tells us more about the auditioning process. “About 150 girls show up,” Alexandria explains, “it’s a full day of dance auditions with a panel of judges, they make cuts and an interview follows the next day.” The team dances at every home game and will travel if the team makes the Grey Cup.
Not one to slow down, Alexandria’s most recent challenge is starting her own YouTube channel ‘The Alexandria Mac’, a new lifestyle channel with makeup and hair tutorials. “I want to create a brand,” Alexandria explains, referencing the phenomenon of YouTube personalities creating their own business and media empires. Shooting and producing her own videos, Alexandria shares her tips on topics like curling hair with a straightener and creating the perfect brows – a bold brow look that Alexandria is known for.
An animal lover (we met Alexandria’s two adorable cats Sophie and Izzy), Alexandria believes in incorporating cruelty free and vegan beauty products into her daily routine, such as tattoo artist Kat Von D’s makeup line. Reflecting on her first makeup memory, Alexandria tells us a story from 7th grade. “I was going to a band concert and my Mom had this Tyra Banks book,” Alexandria shares, “I took my mom’s makeup bag, opened the book to the smoky eye page and did this black and brown smoky eye. My dad freaked out!”
Juggling so many commitments isn’t always easy. “If I don’t have my agenda, I get anxiety,” Alexandria laughs. With a growing Instagram following of over 15,000, Alexandria mentions how she used to stress about posting photos. “Now I post whatever influences me,” Alexandria explains, “I’m not overthinking it, if I love something I’ll put it out there.
Alexandria’s drive and positive attitude is a reflection of her mother, Robyn MacFarlane, owner of Champagne & Lace, an Abbotsford bridal institution. “I admire her so much for her hard work,” Alexandria shares with us, “her perseverance, dedication and loyalty.” And that inspiration keeps Alexandria motivated as she builds her own personal brand.
Photo Credit: Tanya Goehring, Post Photography