Simone Saint Laurent is an exceptionally talented and beautiful fashion supermodel. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Psychedelichosting.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You were born in Piracicaba Sao Paulo, Brazil. When you were in your teens, you were discovered by a famous scouter for The Elite Model Look, a national competition by Elite Model Agency that took start your career in modelling. This propelled your modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling and has also was being featured as lead model to do an exclusive fashion show for the Queen of England. Tell us something about this fairy tale journey?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: I always dreamt of becoming a model since I was a child. However I was often bullied at school because growing up in Brazil, the society does not support people with exotic looks such as mine even though one would expect otherwise given the exotic nature of Brazil and the high percentage of darker-skinned women with curly hair in Brazilian’s population.This is why I never thought I would be able to realize my dream of becoming a model in this lifetime. Because of people’s negative comments regarding my exotic hair and looks at my school, I never thought I would be able to realize my dream of becoming a model in this lifetime and I thought I was the ugly duckling. My life changed completely when a scouter of the famous Elite Model Agency came to visit my school and picked me as one of the top contenders for the Famous Elite Look of the Year contest.The scouter whose name is Newton Oliveira helped me a lot and told me that I would have all the right ingredients to become a successful international fashion model in Europe, the US and abroad. That’s how my journey started. When I was 17, I moved to Germany because part of my family lives there and started to work as a model shortly thereafter. Things started slowly at first, but after a few months I was selected to be the model for the trailer of “Beauty Queen” for the biggest German TV network. After this, my bookings started to sky rocket and I was selected as the model to lead the runway fashion show for Queen Elizabeth of England when she came to visit Germany.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You moved from Brazil to Europe and to different countries for your professional career. For a model adjusting to new countries with their own cultures it must be difficult and then to adjust with modeling career in a new foreign land, what advice you can give to fellow models in a similar situation?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: I would always recommend doing a little bit of research first before moving to or working in another country. It’s basically all about understanding cross-cultural differences. In short this means that you have to have a solid knowledge of the cultural identity of another country so that you can really tune into the individual differences and take them into account when communicating to the people in a foreign country. This will allow you to settle in much faster and to establish lasting bonds and efficient communication.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are world leading media personality, model, philanthropist and a brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Ms. Simone Saint Laurent: When I was a child, I learned from my father that it is very important to structure your life and apply discipline when it comes to making plans and reaching your goals, this also involves rigorous time management and scheduling. From my husband who is wearing even more hats than I do, I learned that a certain champion’s mindset is critical when it comes to efficiently organizing yourself and adhering to a strict schedule. This allows you to fit in a variety of activities and interest while still performing at an optimum level and achieving world class results.