Shahira Barry: Exceptionally Talented Irish Model and Winner of 2nd most "Sexiest Irish Women" title Reveals her Fitness and Beauty Secrets
Shahira is an exceptionally talented Irish model and actress. She is winner of second most Sexiest Irish Women in Ireland. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You studied to be a primary school teacher and graduated in 2011 from the prestigious Mary Immaculate College, in Limerick Ireland, with a Bachelor of Education degree. You have the background in performing arts and has been in stage schools, productions and shows and later took start your career in modelling. You reached the Top 6 in a modelling competition in Germany which gained significant press attention. This propelled your modelling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling. Tell us something about this fairy tale journey?
Ms. Shahira Barry: Life is a roller coaster as they say.. you never know where it'll take you! I had dream of being in the entertainment industry ever since I was a little girl - not just modelling but also singing/acting and dancing I just wanted to be on stage or in front of a camera on tv/movies.. However, as I got older I worried that it wasn't realistic and that I needed a steady job and a piece of paper (my degree) so I went on to study primary school teaching, which I loved but it wasn't my dream!
During my time in university I suffered my first bereavement.. the loss of a loved one completely changed my view on life and I realized just how short it is.. at that point I learnt the harsh lesson that life is precious and therefore we have to do what we really want to do now! we must chase our dreams. While I did complete my degree I started modelling within a couple of months and it almost acted as a form of therapy for me: when I was in front of a camera I was able to forget my troubles even if it was only for a couple of minutes at a time! From there things began to spiral and one thing led to another: the next thing I knew I was living in Los Angeles and living a life of chasing my dreams!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You move from Ireland to United States and Europe for your professional career. For a model adjusting to new countries with their own cultures it must be difficult and then to adjust with modeling career in the new foreign land, what advice you can give to fellow models in a similar situation?
Ms. Shahira Barry: The move to America from Ireland was tough and can still be tough at times - we are given the impression that because we both speak English (Irish/Americans) and we grow up watching american tv/movies etc.. that there won't be a cultural difference but in reality there is a big cultural difference between the two places. I am still adjusting and I have been living in LA for a year and a half now. However, for two consecutive years before my official move I traveled to LA on vacation. I did this to meet people and get to know the areas etc.. I feel that this really helped me when I did decide to move because I was already familiar with LA, I knew some people and I wasn't simply jumping in the deep end! I would advise that anyone thinking of moving abroad visit the location a number of times before committing to the move. I spent two weeks in LA in 2012 followed by 3 months in 2013 before I finally moved in August 2014. Knowledge is power and it's important to know as much as you can about the new place you are moving to!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are world leading media personality, model, actress and a brand ambassador. How you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Ms. Shahira Barry: For me while they are all a little different they also link together. It truly began with modelling but modelling expanded to my interest in fashion/beauty which led me to set up a blog and YouTube channel. Modelling also gave me experience in front of the camera and the confidence I needed to act. While my job varies greatly from day to day I see them all intersecting and also one job leads to another if your professional, hard-working and have a good head on your shoulders.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
Ms. Shahira Barry: I work out about 5 days a week - sometimes more (every day) and sometimes less: it simply depends on my schedule and what I can fit in. I have a gym in my building so I take advantage of that - I like to do fasted cardio in the mornings. I will jump on the cross trainer, treadmill or bike and do a HIIT workout (high intensity interval training). I prefer hiit because you burn more calories in less time and for me it's always about squeezing in my workout whenever I can. I'll then do some abs followed by weights - the typical: squats, lunges etc.. and I love my ankle weights for glut isolation! I also hike, horse ride and dance on my days off!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Shahira Barry: I truly do not diet. I believe in all in moderation. However, I don't eat red meat or pork, I opt for whole grain instead of anything white and I drink almond milk instead of regular. In general I try to make healthy options but if you offer me some cake or chocolate I will eat it :)
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. Shahira Barry: I always make sure to take off all of my makeup before bed or whenever I have a chance to let my skin breath! I use coconut or almond oil to remove my makeup in full - I rub it all over my face with clean hands to breakdown all of the makeup and then I run a wash cloth under hot water and use it to remove every last trace! once it's all off I wash my face with a good face wash - I switch these up all the time but Vichi Normaderm has been my long time favorite! once I've washed my face I splash it with cold water to close the pores and use a good moisturizer I also put patrolium jelly around my eyes and on my lashes and brows to help them grow longer During the day I use a moisturizer with SPF under my makeup. I wash my face x2 a day: once in the morning and then again at night which is when I use the coconut oil.
I recently started using 'Perfectil' which are tablets you take once daily for healthy skin, nails and hair: I find these really make a difference! In terms of my hair care I leave my hair as long as possible before I wash it - it used to be every two days but now I try to get a few extra out of it if I possibly can. I cut my own hair (you can watch my YouTube video to see how) and I try not to put heat on it (curlers/straighteners) on the days when I don't have to for work - you will often see me rocking a french plait/braid for that reason! I also sleep with my hair in a loose braid to avoid tugging and I'll soak it in coconut oil or give it a rinse in vinegar once in a while for extra shine :)
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about your experience of working on music videos of international artists such as Enrique Inglesias, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, TYGA, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Akon, Magic, Avicii, Maroon 5, Schoolboy Q, Prince Royce & Snoop Dogg, Selena Gomez ?
Ms. Shahira Barry: I love working on music videos! They are long hours and definitely not as glamorous as you may imagine but I find I "watch and learn" from the best so to speak! I've met many people I love to listen to and I've been inspired in one way or another by all of them! What I've noticed is just how hard the successful artists work - they get a lot of benefits from their success but they have definitely put in extreme hard work to get there: success does not come easily: even at the top you have to keep striving and working extra hard to stand out and that's what I've learnt from being on set with each international artist I've had the pleasure to work with.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: How did you feel on winning the title 'Miss Zip Magazine' based on a reader vote for the popular UK mag in 2014?
Ms. Shahira Barry: I love winning anything that people have had to vote for me in - it means so much to me that anyone would take the time to vote for me! I had a great time doing the ZIP shoot in London!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: 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?
Ms. Shahira Barry: My advise would be to build a thick skin, not to be naive and as long as it is something you love to do to keep pushing forward and not let the opinions of others get in the way. Always concentrate on yourself and not on what anyone else is doing or their successes - concentrate only on your own success and becoming the best version of you!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have been rated as the 2nd in the Hot 100 Sexiest Irish Women' in 2013. Tell us more about this achievement of yours?
Ms. Shahira Barry: I was delighted to get to #2 on the Hot 100 because once again people voted me there which is really nice! I was delighted to be included in the 100 to begin with and then to see my name getting further and further down the scale through people voting was really cool!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have done bold photo shoots with leading magazines. How you are so body confident and advice to your compatriots?
Ms. Shahira Barry: I'm not always body confident - I have my days of insecurity like anyone else but in general as long as I keep working out then I feel good! If I stop working out even for a short amount of time I immediately loose confidence so regular exercise is definitely the key to body confidence for me - Just knowing that I've worked out makes me feel better even if there is no immediate difference to my body.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Shahira Barry: I think it's really important to stay fit and healthy and therefore I believe the message and inspiration behind womensfitness.net is very powerful and important for women everywhere! If you want to follow my journey you can find me all over the net (instagram/facebook/snapchat/twitter) @ShahiraBarry or check out my blog and youtube on my website www.shahirabarry.com and remember to subscribe to stay updated!
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