Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding fashion model girls, who all are your fans and shall like to know from you for their climb to the ladder of success in the field of modeling?
Always stay true to yourself. As cliché as that sounds, there is nothing more draining then faking a persona online and trying to be someone that you’re not. I remember I went through a phase where my dress style was totally not me and I was only wearing outfits that were “trending” or in fashion at the time. It was such an uncomfortable period and I didn’t feel like myself so I stopped. Now, I only work with brands that honestly align with my style and that I believe in and share content that is really me. I feel more authentic than ever and people gravitate towards the real me better than before.
You have collaborated with your sister Lydia Barakat on a YouTube channel called Lydia & Nicole. You both also started a fitness program called Boss Fitness. Elaborate more about these endeavors of yours?
Working with my sister is amazing! Our channel is so much fun and half the time we forget we’re even filming because we’re honestly just having such great time together. We started our channel so our followers could see a more genuine side to us that is harder to show on Instagram. We keep it raw, fun & love the little family we have built on there. Growing up, Lydia has always been into fitness and I really admired that. She would train all the time! I was also a cross country runner & tennis player so I guess we both have had such a strong passion for fitness for as long as we can remember.
We started Boss Fitness by simply sharing some of our favourite workouts and the foods we like to eat. We wanted to be able create a space where people felt comfortable to want to exercise and make healthy choices for themselves. It wasn’t about having the flattest stomach or lifting the heaviest weights for us, it was about the amazing feeling you get inside and the benefits of making those healthier choices for yourself.
Fast forward a year and we have built such an amazing community of people who have a love health and fitness as we do!
You have done bold photo shoots with many companies and on your Instagram handle @nicolekhalil. How you are so body confident and advice to your compatriots?
Be confident. Tell yourself you are beautiful and believe it. You are just as amazing as any other person you see online. Remember, people always choose to show you their best angles online, their edited and their overly filtered pictures.
Tell us your five favorite Athleisure brands you love to wear?
I have a few brands that I love but funny enough, I’d always critique certain things about them and wish I could alter or add to them – whether it is more stretch, a pocket, amend a colour, have a thicker waistband etc. So I decided we needed to create our own line. Our very own Boss Fitness line is dropping soon! Its soo true to our brand and the colours are just amazing! I have been living in our gym gear, testing them out and making sure they’ve been perfected for about a year now!
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