|1. Please tell the TeenZone readers what it is you do now? How did you come to be working in this field?
I am a model and social media influencer. I have worked in many different fields over the past decade but my consistent career has been modelling and thanks to building a decent following on social media over the years, I am now beginning to work with and bring awareness to many amazing brands and their services and products.
2. What is a typical day like for you?
My days are never the same. Some days I wake up really early, go to Sweat1000 or take a long walk on the promenade. The rest of the day just usually turns into running millions of errands, doing castings and doing Instagram content for the brands I work with. Other days I have shoots with very early call times and very late wrap times. When I think I finally have some downtime, there
is usually some obligatory social event I have to attend…busy busy busy…but rather busy than bored right?
3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I don’t have any free time, Lol 😉 …. In the good old days when I used to, I loved going to the beach, having lunch with my friends or simply relaxing on the couch with a good book
4. Are you single or attached?
I have been in a relationship for 10 years and engaged for 4 of those years. I’m getting married to the man of my dreams on May 5th 2018.
5. What made you decide to support the Speak UP app?
My friend Elena Pappas who was getting involved mentioned it to me and asked if I would be interested in partaking. I felt very passionate about the subject of bullying because I have for most of my life been a victim of it and I will do whatever it takes to put an end to people enduring these hardships.
6. You have posted publicly in aid of Speak UP that you were bullied. What form did this bullying take? How did this affect you?
The bullying I endured was more emotional. Being such a sensitive soul, I could never understand why anyone would want to say hurtful things to someone else. It was always hard to comprehend why so many kids were so mean and why others’ embarrassment was so entertaining to the
m. The effect it had on me was severe but as I grew older I became more confident in defending myself.
7. How did you rebuild your confidence after your traumatic experiences at school?
When you grow up you realise bullies don’t get left behind in school, they are and will always be around throughout your life, I just made the decision that I will no longer tolerate their behaviour. I guess you just grow a thick skin and you realise that in life you are going to have challenging situations and people who hurt you. You make the decision to brush off their nasty comments, because you know they are simply projecting their own issues onto you and that it actually has nothing at all to do with you. I made the decision to not let them affect me any more and I became very selective of the people I allowed to be in my life. I never include those people who break me down.
8. What advice would you give to teenagers who are experiencing bullying or harassment today?
I can understand it is not that easy to escape bullying in school because you have to go back there every day and face them, but all I can say is it WILL blow over as it is merely a phase in your life. As long as you continue to be the better person and know that it actually has nothing to do with you, you will be fine. The bullies are the most insecure and most unhappy people of all and you should actually feel sorry for them and know that if you spend more of your focus and energy bettering yourself and your life while they waste all their energy being horrible to you, school will eventually be over and you will thrive in life while they go nowhere… Trust me… my bullies today (10 years later on) are living much sadder lives than I am. I believe in karma, what you give you will receive… these bullies will have their day!
9. What is your favourite movie? And why?
I don’t have one favourite one in particular. I just love comedies because life is serious enough and the daily news only spreads word of all the bad and tragic things happening. Sometimes you just need a funny movie to uplift you.10. What is your favourite type of music? And why?
I don’t love just one specific kind of genre, I AM OBSESSED with music and it used to be my escape from the pain the bullies caused in my life. Whether it is old school rock, alternative, instrumental, classical, electronic, deep house, you name it. I love it.
11. Where is your favourite place?
Anywhere that is near the ocean.
12. If you had to go and live on an island for 6 months, what 5 items would you take with you?
5 items that I would take would be a panga (to cut open coconuts, cut wood for fire etc), sunscreen, sunglasses, a good book and a bomber jacket for those cold nights.
13. What has been the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Never talk about someone’s life and experience with judgement unless you have walked a mile in their shoes. Mind your own business, don’t be judgemental and focus your energy on your own life and happiness.
14. What is your message for teens today?
In life you will always have really amazing, rewarding times and really heartbreaking and challenging times. You just have to learn to really appreciate all the beautiful and happy moments and bear with the hardships knowing that they will not last forever and knowing that it is merely a phase in your life of growth. Growth is painful, but just like plants need pruning to grow, so do our lives, to make space for new blossoming flowers.