Maria Gimena is a living inspiration to us all. Enjoy my Q&A with this beauty!
Get Inspired by Torrid’s 2017 Model Search Winner Maria Gimena
Natasha: What is your first thought when you discovered that you were the new face of Torrid?
Maria: Beyond words! For once in my life I was speechless and extremely excited because this to me feels like a one in million opportunity. To know that I was picked by the fans out of so many amazing women it’s just unreal to me. Torrid as a brand is an incredible platform for me to reach so many people and inspire them to do great things! Through this journey I’ve found that although I may not be the best at something, I believe enough in myself to try again every day and with that you get better!
Natasha: How will modeling with Torrid change your life? And, how do you plan to change the modeling industry?
Maria: I hope that with Torrid’s help I can inspire other people to pursue their dreams with confidence; I’m a firm believer that we are our thoughts so if we keep a positive mind and we work hard anything is possible. I feel that we are more than just a body, we are bodies with a soul after and confidence and beauty comes from within.
Natasha: Who inspires you?
Maria: Ashley Graham, because to me she is the epitome of self-love. My mother, because she has thought me that sometimes you get further by being kind and humble, than pretending to be something that you are not.
Natasha: If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say? What is the best advice you have been told? And, what advice do you have for other women who want to model?
Maria: I would say the most important thing is to maintain confidence and don’t sell yourself short. I would highly recommend entering a Torrid competition because it’s so positive, but if they don’t want to wait for that, start now. Start posting confident photos on social media. I’m a firm believer that we are our thoughts, and if you think something it spills out. I’m a firm believer in the body-positive movement, and that applies to your mind as much as your body.
I just wanna make sure that everyone knows that we are more than just bodies: We are souls, we are love, we are passion. The body is obviously important and we have to take care of it, but it’s just the vessel for who we are. So yes, we obviously have to take care of our bodies, but not limit ourselves because we are full. I’m a firm believer that beauty and confidence come from within.
Natasha: What is next for you?
Maria: I will be working exclusively and proudly with Torrid as their Brand Ambassador. That means that I will be representing Torrid at events, store openings and of course their amazing campaigns. Looking forward to an awesome year and hopefully making everyone who voted proud!
Maria is living proof that we should go out and get what we want in life. If you ever felt like you wanted to do something but was afraid to take that next step. Get past it! Go out and achieve your dreams – it is up to you to live the life you want.