Most of us know Laila Ali best as a Super Middleweight Boxing Champion (and, of course, as the daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali), but Laila Ali is a Real Beauty for more than her athletic prowess and stellar pedigree! In fact, Laila Ali is a Real Beauty for far more than that!
Not only is she a champion of health and fitness as both a former top athlete as well as the current President of the Women’s Sports Foundation (an organization founded by Billie Jean King to promote sports, health and education in girls and women) but also she is a beauty guru, author, entrepreneur and mom too! In fact, she’s done everything from owning and operating a nail salon to authoring a motivational book, Reach!, to launching the Laila Ali Lifestyle brand and starring on Dancing With The Stars. She’s even recently partnered with Vita Food Products for a signature line of fresh salsas, salad dressings, seasonings and marinades, which will be in stores in early 2012 (just in case you want to eat like Laila – which, of course, we do!).
We sat down with Laila Ali and asked her to weigh in on Real Beauty
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
A person’s beauty shines through most when they take care of their body and skin, by doing this you can really see someone’s inner-glow.
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Being in the spotlight, how do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
I don’t. I don’t strive to be perfect, I focus on my health and staying fit, and that makes me feel sexy.
Did you ever struggle with body image concerns or low self-confidence growing up? Do you ever currently?
When I was younger I didn’t like being the tallest girl in my age group, but as an adult I have embraced my height and love being taller than most women.
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How do you think being an athlete affects your perception of your body and beauty?
An athlete looks at their body differently than the average person because we depend on our bodies to be strong and to do well in our respective sports. So, it is not about our bodies looking a certain way, it’s about our bodies performing the way we want them too.
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty and body image, what would it be?
Enjoy eating what you want and being cellulite free, because it won’t last forever!
Now that you have a daughter, what do you hope to teach her about beauty, body image and confidence?
I want to teach her to love herself and embrace her uniqueness.
What is your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Laila Ali Professional Exfoliating Facial Wash ($13) because it keeps my skin pure and blemish free.
If you could share one tip with women and girls struggling to appreciate their own beauty, what would it be?
Even the most beautiful women have things about themselves that they want to change, nobody’s perfect. So appreciate your beauty and have confidence in yourself.
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