Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: Not really, for me it’s all about moderation, too much of anything is not good for you. I love food, I love home cooked meals, food is so comforting to me, since I train hard I need to have carbs and protein as fuel. I try to avoid fried or processed foods. I try to balance my carbs intake and eat small portions of food throughout the day. I stick to a high protein diet and lots of green veggies.
I will say when I have a swimsuit photo shoot or an event I tighten up on my diet. Again it’s all about balance & food portions. If I need a good detox I drink green smoothies that I make at home, even my 5 year old likes them! Everyone’s body is different so you have to customize what works for you.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: I think being Middle-Eastern is where I get the long thick hair, I use Oribe conditioning masks once or twice a month and sleep with it on the ends of my hair to keep moisture and shine. I sometimes use coconut oil on the ends of my hair in the shower. I try not to use flat irons or the blow dryer too often, I shampoo my hair maybe twice a week to avoid the heat and use a heat protector in my hair.
As far as my skin, my mom taught me to always protect my face from the sun, so I wear sunscreen and always wash my makeup off before bed. I have to wear makeup often for TV or modeling projects so for a good deep cleanse I use the Clarisonic face scrub. I also use Kate Somerville exfoliate once a week and Glam Glow face masks as needed.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words for our inspiring and budding women models and actresses who all are your fans, what should they do for their climb to the ladder of success in field of acting and fashion?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: I would just share with them my personal experience and that nothing is easy to obtain in life. You have to work hard at whatever you want. I think it starts with having the right attitude and mindset, you’re going into an industry where you can potentially be told you’re too fat, skinny, pretty, ugly, not tall enough, you need to change this or change that. This can be hard to hear to a new young model.
This is a very competitive business and don’t let these words discourage you or give up on your dreams. When one door closes another could open. Rejection could be protection.
Always get a second opinion, develop a support group or close mentor to guide you if you are new to the industry. Find what your good at and stick to it. Lastly I would emphasize that nothing happens overnight, what you put into something is what you get out of it.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are a TV personality, model, fitness enthusiast, fashionista, philanthropist, award winning children’s book author, Miss New York USA, mother & wife. How you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: I’ve accepted that it’s ok to have imperfections, and not be perfect. I try to do my best at whatever project is going on in my life but I don’t take myself too seriously throughout the process. If I land something great or win an award that’s awesome, if I don’t I’m OK with that. I’ve realized I can be a mom, wife, work and do what I love, it’s all about time management, multi-tasking and getting priorities in order. I’m blessed with a supportive family and my mom travels with me and the kids so that we can all be together.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You on May 31, 2008, won the Mrs. Florida America pageant, and was named Mrs. America 2008 First-Runner Up and awarded the title of Most Photogenic. Elaborate more about this memorable experience?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: After I had my first child I had that itch to want to compete again when my daughter was 6 months old. I think subconsciously I just wanted to see if I “still had it” My husband encouraged me to compete in Mrs. FL America, so I entered the pageant last minute. I was thrilled to win on my first try and go on to compete at the national Mrs. America competition, my husband and kids joined me and were able to see me compete at Mrs. America.
Placing 1st runner up was an incredible feeling especially seeing my family and daughter in the audience cheering me on. It was fun, I didn’t take myself too seriously. I’m a mom first!