1. What inspired your passion for fashion?
I grew up around textiles & fashion. My Mum used to customize clothes she bought from jumble sales. I love how expressive clothes are, style is a language and can evoke such a powerful sense of emotion for the person wearing them or equally for the passer-by. I love how fashion can spark up a conversation between two strangers!
2. How did you get to where you are now?
In the beginning, I followed a strong calling and I could not ignore it. I had a sense of purpose from a young age but I was badly bullied as a child and grew up to believe that I was completely incapable, I had little confidence and would regularly lose the power of my own voice. Terrified of speaking up & not wanting to draw attention to myself. At the age of 19/20 I read a story of a man who was called to speak even though he had a speech impediment and it spoke so powerfully to me – I knew I needed to find my voice. But I could only find my voice in dance, that felt like a more powerful and easily accessible language to me. I have just kept on going & never given up. Through sheer true grit, perseverance, hard work, following my intuition, prayer, networking, marketing myself I got to where I am today.
3. How has dance and sport played a pivotal role in your life?
Dance & sport make me feel alive. The physical, biological & mental benefits motivate me, keep me healthy, energised & I really believe that all of humanity needs to experience both! We were designed for movement. Movement is empowering & can propel the body as much as the mind forward in all that we were called to be & do.
4. What was your mission for Models In Motion UK?
Moving the world through dance & sport. Sport is power, dance is emotional, fashion is a language & I wanted to combine them all.
5. What was your mission for Empower The Creative Woman?
Empowering female entrepreneurs pioneering a positive impact for change. To inspire women to find what is already within themselves and can materialise by the very act of taking themselves & what they do seriously. Action is key!
6. What does ambition mean to you?
Ambition to me is first acknowledging your sense of purpose, understanding the meaning behind why you do what you do & creating a vision. Ambition is the sense of passion, drive & motivation. But I really believe that the sense of self-worth, value & ambition are strongly related. When one realises the importance of self-worth & existence one can then begin to fathom the potential of their impact & then one can get extremely excited about bringing about positive change….!
7. What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Do not give up. Build resilience. Be consistent. Be wise with your time. Train & practise with your body & your mind and think with powerful positivity and openness. Live with purpose. Always stay curious & always keep learning. Love yourself unconditionally & make that a daily practise.