Posted on February 13 2018
We sat down with our newest Fearless ambassador Leila Silva to find out her story, what she loves about Fearless Activewear and what she is striving to achieve with women around the UK struggling with Body confidence.
1. Welcome aboard to the Fearless Family, what excites you most about working with Fearless Activewear? - I was so excited when the team at fearless asked me to be an ambassador. I didn't even have to think twice, this is what I have been striving for the industry to do for a long time, to have more active wear brands promote diverse women of all different shapes and sizes, after all fitness and exercises should be inclusive.
2. Tell us a little about yourself and what work you are currently doing in the UK? I am currently working on a number of projects, my main aim is to promote body confidence and body image, showing young women that they can be any shape or size. I do this via my social media channels mainly Instagram and Facebook. This is a huge passion of mine and I've been lucky to speak at a number of events here in the UK to promote this. The fitness industry has to change there's too much comparison against body image and the image driven culture we live in has a huge impact on this.
3. We love how you embrace your body and share your daily routines with your followers. What do you love about your body? If you'd asked me this 2 years ago I would have said nothing, I literally hated the way I looked. I hated my big legs, I honestly thought I was 'fat' and didn't have a flat stomach like all of these women on the front pages of the magazines. Fast forward to 2018 and now I can tell you that I love the skin I'm in, I've never felt more comfortable to embrace every part of my body. It so important to understand that this is a journey, I found myself and within that I found to love and embrace who I am. We aren't here for a long time we're here for a good time, so live your fullest fulfilled life!
4. Now you were a finalist in the UK Blog Awards and the founder of Real Magazine UK. Tell us more about your blog? Last year I was blogging on healthierleila.wordpress.com, this was my way of getting things off my chest that I was really passionate about. I had to side line this project as I wanted to concentrate on speaking at events and my social media channels, when I was blogging I really wanted to be part of the UK Blog Awards in 2018, it was a dream come true when I got the email in January to say that I'd made it as a finalist social media! I am excited to see what opportunities the Blog Awards will bring me. Last year I also started Real Magazine, this magazine is an online publication on which I write every three months. I was so concerned about the content that we see all over magazines in our supermarkets that I wanted to bring something different to the public. The magazine focuses on real inspirational stories from real men and women. It aims to educated, empower and inspire those that read it. It aims to change the way we are looking at ourselves and stop this image driven culture we are in. I'm always looking for new creators so if you've got a powerful story you want to tell the world make sure you get in touch.
5. If you had the opportunity to talk to a group of women struggling to embrace and find the confidence to love their bodies, what would you say?
I would tell them that it takes time, its a journey that you are following, it doesn't happen over night. Start off with accepting what you see as your 'flaws'. By starting to accepting them and realising that you are perfectly imperfect is the first step, then the second would be to embrace, every flaw you have and then to love them. It takes time, wake up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you look beautiful, it sounds so cliche and odd but I promise you over time you will get there. You'll find a way through to becoming comfortable in your body. You'll realise that actually even those on the front page of those fitness magazines have cellulite, and that's normal and ok. I would also highly recommend on looking at who you follow on social media, if you follow accounts that don't empower or inspire you, but instead make you feel like you have to look like them or even worst make you feel bad about yourself, its easy click the unfollow button.
Follow Leila on Instagram @healthier_leila and