There was a poster I loved on the wall at my Kindergarten. It said ‘All educators are supermodels” and the vibe of the thing was to be a positive role-model for the kiddies who are always watching (like God and Santa). I had an a-ha moment and abruptly stopped smoking, shouting and swearing, at least during school hours. I channelled my inner Gigi Hadid (Blind Freddy once said I was a dead ringer for her) and set to work endeavouring to be a good role model; thinking thoughtfully, acting accordingly, watching my words and serving smizes and looks.
I read a book once (please hold your applause till the end) where the author pointed out the importance of having a role model to led the way and show others what’s possible. In “The Talent Code”, Daniel Coyle writes that before Se Ri Pak won the LPGA championship in 1998 there were no successful South Korean golfers. Ten years later, female South Korean golfers had, “essentially colonized the LGPA Tour, with forty-five players who collectively won about one-third of the events”.
In this excellent book, Coyle gives many examples of these ‘hotbeds’ where, “a breakthrough success is followed by a massive bloom of talent”. A similar message of, “If she can see it, she can be it!” comes from Geena Davis’ research organisation, See Jane, which aims to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment. It reinforces the importance of having visible role models to aspire to.
Tony Robbins says that success leaves clues and that, “the surest way to achieve success is to model someone who is already successful. If you don’t have good models, find someone who is the best in your chosen field and emulate them. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel – simply learn from the best”. So look around and find a supermodel in the street (depending on the street), in your feed or on the library shelf. I am grateful that I have had and continue to have many role models that inspire me and I can aspire to.
So thank you to; the goofy goddesses (Marie Forleo, Rachel Hunter, Adriene Mishler), the high priestesses, (Marianne Williamson, Esther Hicks, Gabrielle Bernstein), the witty wordsmiths (Zoë Foster Blake, Liane Moriaty, Mari Andrew), the bright lights (Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore) and the ones I have the honour to know (Alicia Malone, Elena Pilch, Nikki Britton).
The world is full of supermodels and some of them are us! You never know who you might be inspiring (maybe a 4 year old to say thank you), so keep on shining and smizing brightly as you channel your inner Gigi Hadid.
Love and light and… now you may applaud xxx Yvette
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle: http://danielcoyle.com/the-talent-code/
Tony Robbins “Success Leaves Clues” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=1Nc9JLzDM5U
Gigi Hadid: I showed her the draped-casually-on-a-rock pose which she’s keen to try.
The goofy goddesses:
Marie Forleo: life coach, motivational speaker, author https://www.marieforleo.com/
Rachel Hunter: actual supermodel, yogi, tv/podcast host https://www.1111podcast.com/
Adriene Mishler: yoga teacher, actress, Texan https://yogawithadriene.com/adriene-mishler/
The high priestesses:
Marianne Williamson: lecturer, activist, author https://marianne.com/
Esther Hicks: inspirational speaker, author https://www.abraham-hicks.com/
Gabrielle Bernstein: speaker, author, spirit junkie https://gabbybernstein.com/
The witty wordsmiths:
Zoë Foster Blake: Author, journalist, beauty entrepreneur http://www.zotheysay.com/
Liane Moriaty: Bestselling author https://lianemoriarty.com.au/
Mari Andrew: Writer, illustrator https://www.bymariandrew.com/
The bright lights:
Ellen DeGeneres: Comedian, tv host, producer https://www.ellentube.com/
Taylor Swift: Singer, songwriter, musician https://www.taylorswift.com/
Drew Barrymore: Actor, producer, director https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000106/
The ones I have the honour to know:
Alicia Malone: Film reporter, author, movie geek http://aliciamalone.com/
Elena Pilch: Kinesiologist, intuitive guide, energy healer http://elenapilch.com/
Nikki Britton: Comedian, actress https://token.com.au/artist/nikki-britton/