Founder & CEO
Austiage is best known for her uplifting smile, contagious laugh, and ability to solve almost every problem by finding the light in dark situation. Most people underestimate Austiage because of her age, but do not be fooled by a simple number: She is engaging, dedicated, focused, and hard working far beyond her years—all this while being an energetic, exciting, and humorous presence.
Austiage knows 7 languages, allowing her to communicate with most people she meets. After she graduated high school she decided to take some time off to grow, learn, and broaden her horizons. She traveled all over the country and the world, using her knowledge of languages she started conversations with people, and she realized we all have the same problems, concerns, and worries—regardless of age, race, income, color, gender, everything. We are more alike than we are different. Coming back with a new perspective, Austiage wanted to take her new knowledge and put it to good use.
She launched Star Individuality, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the upcoming generation growing up with a strong sense of individuality through self-expression, creativity, and motion. The foundation represents Austiage’s passions and experience as an artist and an elite athlete. In 2015 Austiage was delighted to announce that she and her organization were launching the Star Individuality Scholarship to give everyone an equal opportunity to find and embrace their individuality. Austiage has been blessed with the opportunity to learn so much about different aspects of life, but she knows the power and importance of sharing her wisdom with others.
Austiage currently runs the Star Individuality Foundation full time and studies at American University.
33 Questions with Austiage
1. What's your favorite color?
2. What is your biggest accomplishment yet?
I’m very accomplishment driven, therefore I always think that my biggest accomplishment is yet to come that way it keeps me motivated.
3. The best piece of advice you've ever been given?
It was from one of my best friends who was also my piano instructor Victoria Bontempo. I was at a piano concert where I was performing, and I went to ask her if she would take a picture with me and she rejected me. I was so shocked and surprised, but then she explained to me that the reason she wouldn’t take a picture with me was because memories should be remembered only when you look a picture rather they should be always remember, cherished, and loved in your heart. This is hands down the best piece of advice I’ve ever received.
4. How would you describe your style?
Honestly, I have no idea what I would describe my style as… I just buy and wear what ever I like. So if you see my closet it’s a variety of everything I’ve ever seen in a store that I’ve been attracted to.
5. What has been your most embarrassing moment ever?
That’s basically every day! I’m either saying something embarrassing or doing something embarrassing. But one of my all time embarrassing moments was when I was in science class in 8th grade. And we had these plants we were nourishing and my teacher told us to go and give our plants vitamin C & D. And in my logic I thought you give something vitamin C & D by giving it orange juice and milk. So I got up with the rest of the class, but instead of going outside I went to the cafeteria and got some milk and orange juice that I poured it in my plant then I came and gave my plant to my teacher, and she totally freaked out. All I was supposed to do, was go and leave it outside to get some sun. So yea that was probably one of my most embarrassing moment.
6. What's your favorite food?
Anything infused with truffels or caviar with crème fraîche and smoked salmon.
7. What's your favorite way to move?
I’m down for anything honestly, I used to be an professional athlete, so I’m over the go 24/7 work outs. I really enjoy hiking or biking in nature, taking a casual swim, a ballet class, I also love trying new things anything movement related to I’m down for.
8. What's your guilty pleasure?
I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures because doesn’t that kill the point of it being a pleasure?
9. What’s one piece of advice you can give about work ethic?
To always work hard and earn what you have on your own merit. So many times people will offer you a easy way out, but if you take their offer then you are allowing someone to have control over you and I don’t believe in that. I’ve also learned that if someone gives you something they can also take it away from you and the feeling of having something taken away from you is so painful. So earn what you want it’ll feel so good when you accomplish your goal!
10. Your most memorable night out?
It's to special to tell you.
11. What is your idea of a perfect date?
I don’t think there’s such a thing as a perfect date. Personally dates are so planned out and there is an agenda…I’m just not a fan. My ideal date so to say is taking a friendship developing that into a relationship and then just meeting up spontaneously and doing something that both people are passionate about!
12. What is your favorite thing about Star Individuality?
I created Star Individuality, so it would me much more useful to hear what your favorite thing is? But just between you and me I love the glow on people’s face and especially in their eyes when you’ve been able to change their life for the better.
13. What’s your favorite movie?
Breakfast at Tiffany's, How to steal a million, The seven year itch, Anne of green gabels, Marry Poppins. I also love Harry Potter, and anything with Alan Rickman.
14. If your friends had to describe you in one word what would they describe to you with?
15. Blondes or Brunets?
It’s always been blondes for me, but you never know. And what about Gingers?
16. What does Star Individuality mean to you?
Blazing your own path, being self-expressive, and passionate all while wearing your skin proudly!
17. Who's your favorite actor?
Without a doubt Alan Rickman. Ever since he saved my life in NYC and chat with him for 30 incredible minutes, I've been in awe & obsessed with his talent! He seriously was the most charming, kind, honorable, and helpful person I've met in my entire life. I miss him so much every day!
18. Makeup or No makeup?
On a daily basis no makeup, I’m all about taking care of your skin so usually, I won't be wearing any makeup rather I’d rather layer on tons of skincare products to nourish my skin. But if you're going out I’m all for getting dolled up and expressing how you feel through makeup! So both!
19. What's one piece of advice that you would give to your middle school self? & a piece of advice that you would give to all middle schoolers?
I wouldn’t give myself any advice even though I had a lot of moments that were controversial everything I did turned me into who I am today and I’m really proud of who I am today. But to all the middle schoolers out there I would tell them not to try and be popular because popularity doesn’t mean you have friends. As someone who was popular while in school, I learned it meant that you have something that people want or want to be a part of. So instead of trying to be popular put your time and energy into developing and maintaining friendships.
20. Who is on your speed dial?
My Mother, Father, Brother, Nonno, Dermatologist, Spa, my makeup artist, a few restaurants, and my manicurists.
21. What song comes on your shuffle?
I just did it and I got Paint it Black by the Rolling stones.
22.What’s your favorite piece of art?
The Mona Lisa, she’s just so mysterious. There is so much to her and there is so much behind her smile I love it! I’m also really into anything by Andy Warhol. I also love all the art avalible for purchase at the Walton art galery in Chelsea.
23. Flats or heels?
Heels, are just more comfortable flats hurt my feet.
24. Favorite singer/artist?
I adore Mozart and classical music, but I also enjoy listening to The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and my friend's band CODA, I've known them since I was 4.
25. Do you have any pets?
I do, I have 2 dogs Wishbone who is a German Shepard, Rottweiler mix and Hope who is a Dash hound Beagle mix.
26. Last thing you shopped for online?
27. What’s your go-to snack?
Probably some type of green juice most days. But if I have the time I love a European cheese platter with caviar, salmon, pate and some wine butter and great conversation.
28. What’s your favorite TV show?
Ballers, it’s an HBO show. I use to be a pro athlete, so I know exactly what that world is like and the show does an incredible job of portraying the realities of that world.
29. Who’s your role model?
Myself. I always grew up not looking up to anyone, but rather wanting to be a better and wiser person then I was yesterday.
30. Who is your best friend?
31. How would you describe your life?
32. 3 things everyone should have in their life?
Confidence, happiness, heath, and knowledge, but that's 4 is that ok?
33. Where do you see yourself taking Star Individuality in the future, in terms of growth?
Overall growth, and just seeing where the universe directs us…I think its important to have an internal plan, but to also be spontaneous. I don't really like to share things that haven't been executed yet, so all I'm going to say is that I’m very excited for the future!