As one of the few women in the male-dominated sports broadcasting industry, Heidi Androl is a woman to watch. Having transitioned from a modeling career to sports host, she currently brings her, sassy, sexy and smart approach to the hockey world as the host for both the Los Angeles Kings’ website and The Hockey Show on NHL.com as well as in her role as a rink reporter for Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket. (For all the non-NHL fans out there, though, you most likely recognize Heidi as a contestant on the sixth season of The Apprentice.)

Just a pretty face, though, she is not! (Although she certainly is that as well!). Rather, Heidi produces, writes and hosts all of her own features and, just in her first year with the Kings, was deemed one of LA’s up and coming bloggers, websites and publications, fast becoming the female face of the team and the league.  She’s even authored a book (to be released shortly), In the Men’s Room, detailing her experiences as a female in an extremely masculine business and highlighting tips on nevertheless making it to the top – something we wholeheartedly appreciate!

So, we sat down with Heidi Androl and asked her to weigh in on Real Beauty.

What do you think makes someone beautiful?
When I read this question the first things that came to mind were Laughter, Intelligence and Passion. A person that is happy and outgoing is beautiful to me.  Sure- we all recognize ascetic beauty, but it really is much more than that. You can have the body and the hair and the perfect skin, but if you do not have laughter, intelligence, passion and sincerity – you are no longer beautiful to me.

I looked up the definition of beauty and this is what Webster says: BEAUTY:  The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. No mention of size or shape! I loved to see that… beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

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How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
Our culture does put a lot of pressure on being perfect, especially in LA! I believe that taking good care of myself is important and realize that I will never be perfect, but that I can make a difference if I eat clean, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. I have learned to embrace my flaws and accentuate my positives. Reminding yourself that those you see in the spotlight have their flaws too helps as well!

If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Lay off the hairspray and heavy make up! Haha! I was a product of the 80’s and 90’s and I had the aqua net and blush to prove it! Natural beauty is so much more beautiful and less is more!

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What is your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm and Moisturizer ($5.59)! It is my favorite!!

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