Q: You possess an unusual and inspiring amount of grace, ease and self-confidence. Are these intrinsic qualities of yours or something that you have had to work to cultivate?
A: Thank you, that’s so nice! I definitely do not always feel graceful or even confident. I think those are qualities that can be nurtured and grown over time. They’re all part of a daily practice and something I continue to work on.
I truly believe that confidence comes from practicing self love, believing in your ideas, and pouring your heart into what you love. It comes naturally when what you are doing comes from the heart. People recognize it when they see you creating and doing something you are truly passionate about. Contributing what you love to the world enables everyone to see a part of you that is most true to your self.
Q: What does self-care mean to you and how has this changed over time?
A: To me, self-care is two things: a practice of rituals, and maintaining mindfulness. Rituals are routines with intention that make a priority out of actions and time for maintaining health—mentally, physically, and spiritually.
For me, those rituals could be making coffee in the morning, going to a yoga class or taking a hot bath. I take most care of myself by doing things that make me happy and thinking about what I put in (and on) my body.
These days, I try to focus on nourishing my mind. I love to read everything: books, magazines, blogs, listening to audio books and podcasts.
Turning off my phone and taking an afternoon to go walk down and lay at the beach with a book or just relax is something that I try to do at least once a week. It’s probably my favorite thing to do.
Q: What are some of your beauty and wellness staples and rituals?
A: Meditation for 20 minutes, twice a day, when I can. Yoga. Hot baths with coconut oil and epsom salt! https://www.earthtuface.com/collections/body/products/salt-scrub-8oz-236ml
I also consider acupuncture a regular part of my regimen. I go to Elysia (http://elysialifecare.com) here in Santa Monica, run by my friends Joe and Maria.
Diet, of course, is so important for beauty and wellness. So eating local, seasonal, organic foods and drinking green juice is a staple, too!
For products, I used to keep it really simple and just used natural oils—coconut and jojoba. But in the last few years I’ve been introduced to some incredible brands that are organic, and even edible!
I use Earth tu Face’s face wash and face serum (www.earthtuface.com/products/face-serum-9oz-25ml) and always use oils as a moisturizer. I love Osea’s Hydrating Oil (https://oseamalibu.com/products/essential-hydrating-oil) and Wildcare’s face mask (http://www.hellowildcare.com/faceandbody/soft-focus).
I also recently started doing these hair masks that my friend Stefani makes http://www.latierrasagradahair.com/shop-1/treatment. I’ll apply it in the bath, then leave it in overnight. It’s been a nice routine lately! It leaves your hair really smooth and smelling nice :)
Q: What are the greatest rewards and biggest challenges of the work you do as a model ?
A: The most rewarding parts of modeling are the lifestyle and flexibility it affords. I’ve been fortunate enough to live all over the world and travel for modeling. Just having gained that kind of success, as a model, feels rewarding—that it’s turned into a career, over time. I feel very lucky about that. It pays the bills and supports my life. I get to meet and work with so many amazing, talented and inspiring people daily. It’s a great job. That’s what it is to me.
Being in the industry has also taught me so much about creating and starting a business. Working for so many different companies, I’ve been able to see the ins and outs and behind the scenes of growing and starting a business.
Also being a part of a family—I’ve been with my agents at Wilhelmina for almost ten years now! I am so comfortable and close with them. I’m grateful to have been doing this long enough now that I have a good grasp on how the industry works.
The main challenges for me are the expectations that people can place on you. People create judgment around the stigma of being a model. There’s judgment around what society or someone defines as beauty, and as a model, sometimes that judgment gets projected onto you.
Like any industry, not every day is easy. But ultimately, work is work!
Q: How do you nourish your creativity?
A: Traveling! Being exposed to and observing new places, people, perspectives, and cultures always fills me with new ideas that continue to inspire. The same goes for reading.
I think curiosity goes hand-in-hand with creativity. I’ve always been a curious person, and that drive to see and learn more definitely nourishes my creativity.
Q: Working full-time as a model and launching a new business, what practices do you rely on to stay grounded and energized?
A: I think community is important. Making dinner with friends, having tea http://www.hausofsages.com/rituals. Making time to give your mind rest.
Hiking, yoga, acupuncture and meditation are also very good for giving the mind rest. I can feel a difference in the busy-ness of my thoughts when I don’t meditate.
Q: What does the perfect day look like to you?
A: I'm pretty simple! Canyon Coffee to start my day (yes, we drink our coffee every day!), a hike or yoga, sunshine, sunset at the beach, home cooked meal and wine with friends, a movie in bed or in the theaters!
Q: What does the idea of a conscious relationship mean to you ?
A: Respecting each other’s individuality, and that each person has their own path. Always holding space for your partner; to listen to them, for them to feel safe talking about any and everything, without any judgment. Supporting and loving them through their journey. And loving unconditionally.
Q: What are you most excited for in 2017 ?
A: Our trip to Japan next month! And more traveling for coffee! Watching our business grow and continuing to meet and collaborate with more amazing people we respect and admire.
Q: Is there anything that I haven’t asked you that you would like to share with us?
A: I guess I’d like to say I notice an emerging community of women entrepreneurs that I feel very proud to be a part of. Some of my closest friends are women business owners, and they inspired me, just as I’m sure other women inspired them, to take the leap into business. And not just business for business’ sake, but business rooted in passion. That’s what’s most inspiring.
I think that in this political atmosphere, it’s important that we continue to push as women to become movers and shakers in society and stand for justice and equality.