Interview with Model of the Year Contest, Laura
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Laura and I just turned 15 in September. Im from Denmark and is a year 9 student.
WHAT DOES CONFIDENCE MEAN TO YOU?
You need confidence to be a model, you have to believe in yourself and believe in yourself no matter what people around you thinks. I also do high level gymnastics and to keep improving my skills I have to believe in myself, do my very best and believe I can do whatever it takes, otherwise I wont be able to make it. At school I need confidence as well, I have to believe in myself no matter what I do to help me to the next level. My family supports me in anything I do which helps me to stay confident.
WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL?
My personality is the main reason - if you have a great personality, are being nice and polite to other people and treating others like you want to be treated yourself, it will take you far. I always treat people nice, even if I never met them before. I also expect to get treated nice by others, cause I always do my very best the other way around. I also support others in whatever they do, by helping others to succeed, makes me happy and I love to see when my advice to others helps them reach their goals.
WHAT DOES INNER BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU?
Because the inside beauty means everything, you can be beautiful on the outside but as long as you don't have the inside part as well, you wont succeed in life. It might take you far, but it wont take you all the way. The older you get, the more important it is to stay beautiful on the inside as well. Cause when you get older, people realizes the meaning of being beautiful on the inside is what really matters. Being beautiful on the inside gives you the respect, love and care from others and without that, you wont be able to live life to the fullest and the way it should be lived. A life with friends, family, love, happiness and things you love to do, is the kind of life any human should be having, but unfortunately not the way this world turns out to be.
IF YOU HAVE OR HAVE DEALT WITH BODY IMAGE ISSUES OF YOUR OWN CAN YOU DESCRIBE THEM AND HOW YOU HAVE OVERCOME THEM?
I do high level gymnastics, work hard every day either at home or at the gym, so I'm lucky by not having any issues like that.
WHAT ARE YOUR WORDS OF ADVICE FOR GIRLS YOUR AGE DEALING WITH BODY IMAGE ISSUES?
For me a healthy lifestyle means a lot, it helps me to improve my gymnastic skills and gives me the energy I need to manage both 8 hours schooldays and training at night. But I also know, that not every child, teen or adult have the possibilities that I have, and for those who doesn't, I hope they know or someone will let them know, that it doesn't make them being a bad person as long as they remember that real beauty comes from the inside and will take them much further in life than the people being beautiful on the outside with the perfect model look and body image, but having a personality that no one really likes. Always remember: Being your own kind of beautiful - is the very best
HOW DO YOU HANDLE NEGATIVITY ON INSTAGRAM?
I actually don't get that much negativity on my Instagram page, if I do get a few, I delete the comments and block the profile being rude. Thats the way I deal with it in real life as well, people not being nice to me, I let them go. I only wanna spend time on people that concerns about me, the ones who doesn't, I let them go. My Instagram account is run by my mum and me for the same reason, parent responsibility means a lot on social medias in my opinion.
WHAT DOES "BEING YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL MEAN TO YOU"?
For me, being "your own kind of beautiful" means, that you shouldn't change your personality to make others like you or to satisfy them, if you try to do so, you´ll be busy for the rest of your life - there is millions out there trying to tell you whats right or wrong and you can't satisfy them all, stay the way you are as long as you believe you do the good things in life and treat others the way you wanna get treated yourself.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION TREND?
My favorite fashion trend is the combination of sport and fashion - I also like to be dressed casual at school, we don't wear school uniforms in Denmark - when going out, I like to be dressed different from what I normally do, and because I normally wear lots of sports clothing, I love to wear dresses for special occasions - being really girlish with a beautiful dress, makes me feel like a princess and not a gymnast :-) I normally don't wear any makeup and lots of my photos on Instagram are actually without makeup at all. you know why? - cause I wanna be "My own kind of beautiful"