Despite being only 19, Bella Glanville is an extremely successful model who managed to make a big break in the fashion industry and shortly after become featured in numerous international campaigns. Not only is she an incredibly independent and career driven woman but she also spreads her positivity and outlook on life among others through motivational speaking that she often delivers at forums such as the TED talks.
Bella established her own foundation when she was only 13 and ever since she has been focusing on life coaching. On top of it all, she is a finalist on the Miss Universe Great Britain contest at the moment. To us, it is quite unreal to imagine how one can manage to keep up with so much and that is why we sat down with Bella to learn a little bit more about her.
Q: You are a successful model regularly appearing in campaigns of well-known brands such as Stella McCartney, Topshop or Nike and magazines like Vogue and Elle. What made you decide to take the career path of an international model?
When I was 14 years old, I gave my first workshop on self-love in a youth center in Bath. Afterward, I was walking in the street and was scouted to be a model! I believe that the best things come unplanned, and this was definitely a surprise.
Q: What were some of the toughest challenges modeling career put you through and on the opposite, greatest advantages you reckon that this career brought to you?
I would say that it has been a challenge to have to keep up a certain beauty standard, but I learned (through the best way) that it is more important to stand out in this industry and be yourself. I once had a last minute casting for Stella Mccartney, which meant that I had no choice but to go in sweatpants, a hoodie, sneakers and with greasy hair and no makeup. All the other models were dressed up, but I embraced the situation and confidently did the casting. I got a call the next day to say that I had got the job!
Modeling has taught me to focus on becoming the best version of myself and to always be hard skinned. In an industry where you are constantly in comparison to others, it is important not to let it go to your head. I have also learned a lot of great beauty and health tips from people in the industry!
Q: Since you are quite young yourself, what would be your advice for similarly young aspiring women who wish to enter the fashion industry today?
I love the fact that I am young because it shows that no matter what your story is and no matter what your age, gender or race is, you can achieve your goals and immediately make the change you want to see in the world! With that in mind, I would say to aspiring models that you all have an individual look so it is important to believe in yourself and know that the agency that wants to sign you will be the one who’s look you suit the most. Every agency has a different look, so it is important to never give up.
Q: Being a motivational speaker is not always as easy as it might seem. Where do you look for inspiration when feeling down and lacking motivation? How do you apply and incorporate the positive thinking into your daily life?
I have two really influential journaling methods. If I am ever feeling overwhelmed, I write out all the obstacles in my life at that moment. I then circle each individual obstacle, draw a line and write the solutions. It is always more important to focus on the solution instead of the problem because where focus goes, energy flows. I also love to write gratitude lists. When you focus on what you are grateful for, it is impossible to feel anything but blessed. The more you think about the positive things in your life, the more they will appear.
Q: The two TED talks that you had previously delivered were met with a great amount of positive feedback from the public. Why did you decide to join the TED forum and publicly speak about your personal experiences and battles? What was the main message you were trying to deliver?
I believe that the secret to living is giving, so when I learned the tools that changed my life I decided to start giving talks. This seemed like the fastest method of sharing these lessons with everyone else. I think that it is so important for people to love themselves because everything comes down to the self, and a lack in self-esteem can contribute to bullying, depression and an inability to persist in goal-directed behavior.
My favorite message is my ‘e-hat’ theory. If you take the ‘e’ from the end of ‘hate’ and put it at the beginning, it becomes ‘e-hat.’ When someone is handing you hate, they are essentially handing you an ‘e-hat’ with a label on it, but it is up to you whether to wear those hats or not. It is important to take off your ‘e-hats’ and to define yourself. Set the standard for your own life!
Q: In your talks, you often speak about the importance of self-love and the right portrayal of beauty. Could you maybe elaborate bit more on these topics and give our readers a quick briefing?
When we question our self-worth, we question our ability to achieve our goals. If you tell yourself ‘I can’t do this’, your mind will subconsciously hold those words until it gets the certainty that you were right about what it was that you thought you couldn’t do. Whether or not you believe you will succeed, you are right. No one else can tell you that. If you don’t believe that you can do it, why would anyone else? If you don’t love yourself, how can anyone else? And if you stop judging yourself, you will stop judging other people.
Can you imagine how the world would be if no one judged themselves or anyone else? It is also important that we set our own beauty standards because we are living in a day and age where people have insecurities and often think they must meet certain beauty criteria. I believe that if you tell yourself ‘all I need is already within me now’ and that you are beautiful, you will then have the confidence to do anything!
Q: At the age of 13, you founded your own foundation named Lovekidz. Wow, already so involved at such a young age, really impressive! Could you tell us a little bit more about the foundation itself and what was the main reason behind its establishment?
To me, a foundation was the fastest way for me to spread my message. It gives me the ground to run workshops, work with others and gives others a platform to reach me through if they ever want to talk! At the moment you are a contesting finalist on the Miss Universe Great Britain 2018, congrats! Why did you sign up for this contest? How has it been going for you so far? As a model and motivational speaker, I found that Miss Universe was the best way to combine the two!
It has been an amazing opportunity to do charity work and I have met some of the most influential people, who have taught me how to do the best catwalk, act in interviews, spread my message and how to transition from ‘model’ to ‘beauty queen.’I have had some amazing opportunities to raise money for the charity A-Sisterhood, including a nail painting bar and running my own board break! Most importantly, I have learned what feminism means to me.
As a model, I am in one of the only industries in the world where the women are paid more than the men, but feminism goes much deeper than this. As my mother is a midwife, I have become particularly aware of the fact that there are 130 million women living in the world today who have been genitally cut and this is something that I want to help put an end to.
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It has been the most incredible week, running workshops for the lovely girls at @st.augustines.priory and fundraising for @asisterhood with a nail painting bar! A-Sisterhood empowers women worldwide, helping acid attack victims in India, homeless women in Wales and includes a particular passion of mine – putting an end to female genital mutilation. Please please donate to http://www.gofundme.com/bellaglanville-a-sisterhood ~any amount will go a long way!
Q: Managing all you have on your plate must be extremely demanding and it also definitely must take a toll on your personal life. How do you manage to juggle such a busy lifestyle and still remain sane? (please we need the advice ASAP)
Our lives are built on a foundation of careers, finances, health, and relationships. I make sure that they are always in balance with each other. If one is falling behind, it could cause your life to topple, especially seeing as these are the foundations supporting it! I really do believe that it is important to work hard play hard.
Q: There is no doubt that you are one hell of an inspirational role model, what would be your advice on achieving one’s personal goals whether personal or professional?
Thank you! Honestly, it is very simple. If I told you to come to my house at 3 am, you would probably say no. But if I told you to come to my house at 3 am and I would give you a million dollars, you would be there at 2.59am. The point is, you have to do whatever it takes to convince yourself that you want it enough. When you make your goal a MUST, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Make it your priority and take that first step.
Q: In spite of all that you are working on at the moment, do you have any future career or personal life-related goals or plans that you would like to achieve?
My future plan is to be a clinical psychologist. I am so fascinated by human behavior and how it can be changed and would love to open up my own private practice. I always want to be doing something that will make a difference in the world!
If you would like to learn more about Bella and her career definitely give a go to her Instagram or her official website. To learn more about the charity work she does, check out the website of her own foundation.