Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine which you may wish to share?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: First of all, sports and exercise are a fundamental part of my life because I am hyperactive. On the other hand, I see sports as a very constructive way to express my energy. My actual exercise and fitness regime and workout routines revolve around unique sets of exercises and routines that I have put together for myself which any women can use without having access to a gym or fitness machines.
This is crucial for me, as for so many other women, because when you’re leading a very active lifestyle and especially when you are travelling a lot, you often do not have access to the best fitness machines or maybe even a gym. This is why it is important to have unique set of routines that produce outstanding and world class results and transform your body to be in the best shape you can be while not being dependent on machines or hard to get fitness equipment. These exercise routines comprise a mixture of aerobics, yoga, ballet fitness and functional exercises.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: I believe that we are what we eat and therefore should pay a lot of attention to what we consume on a daily basis. This is why I consume almost only organic and 90% vegan foods. The public perception of models is that they do not eat, while it is true that a share of models have their problems with eating disorders, the majority of models do eat well and regularly because otherwise they will not be able to perform at their jobs and to prevail in a working environment that is very demanding for the body and at times put a lot of strain on the body as well.Unfortunately, there are an increasing number of incidents among teenage girls when it comes to eating disorders. I am very saddened by this fact and hereby want to encourage all teenage girls that it is absolutely crucial to treat your body like your best friend and give it all the proper nutrients, food and exercise the body needs. This is the only way to not only stay healthy but also perform at an optimum level.
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. Simone Saint Laurent: My hair and skin routines are very straight forward and simple. I believe in the power of natural ingredients, this is why I try to use these as much as possible in my beauty routines. For my skin I use natural masks made with honey and avocado for instance. For my hair I use Brazilian hair care products because given that a lot of Brazilians have similar type of hair I find the products in my home country to be most effective for me.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about one of your memorable experiences at a runway show from Cape Town, Berlin, Monte Carlo, London, Milan or Paris? How did you feel about being selected as a lead model to do an exclusive fashion show for the Queen of England out of Top 10 models?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: One of the highlights of my international career was certainly the fashion show for the Queen of England. It was a great honor to be selected as the lead model for this exclusive fashion show and to meet Queen Elizabeth face to face. Another experience that had a fundamental effect on me at the very early part of my career was to do a fashion show with Naomi Campbell because she inspired me at a very young age to charter my own course and realize my dreams in my own unique way and especially to persist and never give up! She gave me the strength, power and determination to become the next generation of black top models.
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