What is your idea of beauty?
For me, beauty is something which emanates from within. You can use all the products in the world, but you have to start with that base of inner beauty to radiate out. I think the concept of beauty has also changed. In the past beauty was seen as something very much feminine to be objectified, but now with so many people redefining what beauty is, I think it’s shifted to be something which we can, and should, feel about ourselves, irrespective of the voyeur.
What’s your take on how the beauty industry is now and how we can play a part to shape it towards a better, more sustainable future?
I think we’re in an era of far more conscientious living, whether it’s in how we treat the environment and/or how we treat ourselves. The beauty industry has evolved to reflect this, which is something I’m personally passionate about. I think it’s a responsibility of all of us to ensure that we treat the planet in the same way we’d want our bodies to be treated. Be that by supporting cruelty free and sustainable products, or by cutting down on waste; whatever we can do as individuals matters.
As a public figure—plus in your line of work you do face certain pressure to upkeep an image, how do you view this?
There’s definitely pressure in my industry to “look good,” but I think it’s important to teach young girls or boys that looking good isn’t just about what’s on the outside, it’s about taking care of your general wellbeing. I also try to be as real as possible when I’m putting content out there – of course there’s an expectation to look polished, but I think it’s unrealistic to give the illusion that we’re perfect! No one is. I suppose in a way our imperfections are actually what make us perfect.