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 modelling?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: First of all, be yourself and be true to your own unique energy. Number 2 is learn from other people in the business especially the ones who are at the top. Then be humble and nice to everybody you work with. And last but not the least, have discipline and focus.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have been associated with World Peace Foundation (www.world-peace-foundation.org) from its inception as a global volunteer. The World Peace Foundation was founded by your husband and has been named “The most influential peace gathering in history” by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu and number of other charities which are all dear to your heart, tell us how you have been able to achieve and quench your thirst of giving back to the society through this endeavour of yours?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: I was there at the birth of the World Peace Foundation when my husband started the now world renowned charity purely based on a vision and from scratch without having a great network in place or a great name. Its been very important to me to always give back and make sure that we make the world a better place. I truly believe that anyone can make a difference in his or her own sphere of influence, whether it’d be big or small, whether it’d be in a local community or on a global scale. What counts is the initiative and the heart-felt desire and compassion to improve other people’s lives and leave a legacy behind that will have a positive impact on the next generation to come.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have done bold photo shoots and runway shows for St. Emile, C&A, Eres, Marithe Francois Girbaud, Issey Miyake, Diesel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cavalli, Patricia Pepe, Chopard, de Grisogono, John Richmond, Gianfranco Ferre, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce Gabbana, Versace and Valentino. How are you so body confident and advice to your compatriots?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: To be honest, I did not start out body confident. As I explained before, growing up in Brazil was not easy for me when it came to my outside appearance because of the racial bullying that went on when I was young. Unfortunately, contrary to the popular image that Brazil enjoys worldwide as being the country of body confident people, if you are a woman or person of colour and especially if you have curly exotic hair like mine, life is not easy growing up in Brazil.
On the one hand, you see people dancing in the streets to the rhythms of the carnival and they come across as being very body confident but on the other hand, what people outside of Brazil do not see is that the weight of racial discrimination weighs heavily on everyone’s shoulders. I only started to develop real body confidence when I moved to my family in Germany and when I started modeling. Germany actually gave me a completely different outlook on my physical appearance because Germans love the exotic looks I have. While in Brazil, women spent millions of dollars every year to straighten their hair.
In Germany and in many other countries I’ve been to because of my work, people compliment me on my exotic looks. An advice to my compatriots, a funny thing happened when I went back to Brazil to visit my friends and family after having built up the body confidence I have today and after having shed the heavy burden of a past of racial discrimination, the same people who would criticize me and ridicule me for my exotic looks suddenly started to see me as beautiful and were impressed by the exotic beauty they were seeing.
However, nothing in the outside appearance had actually changed; the only thing that changed was my inner mental attitude towards my body and towards accepting me for who I was while finding a true beauty and self-confidence within. That’s probably the biggest advice I could give to anyone, change your inner perception of yourself and the world’s perception of you would change as well.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What do you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: I’m very grateful that a website like womenfitness.net exists and what I love most about it is that it is in authentic tool of highly useful information that empowers women to not only be strong leaders themselves but also inspire others to change their body image and appearance both from the inside and the outside.I believe that true beauty and true fitness comes from within so I am very grateful that a website like womenfitness.net has the courage to conquer unchartered territories and empower a new generation of strong, proud, fit, and beautiful and body confident women leaders worldwide.To know more about Simone Saint Laurent, check out: http://www.simonestlaurent.com/To get all the latest news follow her on Instagram:
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