I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Yulia Foxx, a Connecticut/New York based model and social media influencer with over 450,000 Instagram followers.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?
I’ve worked as a hairdresser for a few years but honestly I wasn’t completely happy with it. I decided to quit hairdressing and followed my dreams to become a model. I’ve always embraced my creative side and found outlets for it to flourish, and I’ve always had a healthy willingness to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in both my personal and professional life. I think standing still and settling for things in life is a recipe for disaster. You’ve got to keep pushing and facing down your fears if you want to chase your dreams. They don’t come cheap, and they don’t come easy, but they do come, and when they do, all the hard work will be worth it.
As a model and influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?
Yes, my advice for someone trying to follow and achieve a career path like mine would be never to give up and to want it more than the next person. The more work you put in the more results and success you will achieve. Nothing worth having comes easy, and I’ve had to work hard to get where I am in life, but do you know what? It’s been a long road, but I can honestly say every step has been a rewarding one. As Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?
Definitely showing my real personality and being engaging with my audience is a must for sure. Going Live on instagram and doing question/answer on stories where fans can learn even more about you. Usually, the content I don’t want to post or I feel is too personal is what ends up doing the best so I would say being true and honest with my fans 100 percent. Also, responding to fans in the comments from your posts helps build a connection with them as well.
Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?
The most humorous mistake has to be that when I first started I would take a lot of jobs and do them for free as I was always promised more exposure and opportunities from them but I learned that people love to take advantage when you’re first starting up and you should never sell yourself short.
Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. How one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart. You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers your self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive?
No matter how busy life can get, it’s always important to prioritize my body, mind, heart and well-being. I workout at my home gym 3-4 times a week and I do yoga 2-3 times a week. I get a monthly massage followed by a facial just because workouts in general can take a toll on the body. Normally after my workouts I love to take bubble baths for relaxation.
Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)
Being kind to yourself when you look in the mirror and understanding that your looks do not define you, you are beautiful just as you are. Stop comparing yourself to others. Allow yourself to feel pain and joy as often as you can without being afraid to.
Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?
Incorporating yoga to my weekly routine unquestionably has helped me thrive and realize I have full control over how I feel and how I can respond differently to different situations throughout life.
Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?
The strangest and most difficult wellness treatment I’ve tried thus far has to be a 7 day juice detox cleanse. It takes a huge toll mentally and physically to cut out all food and sugar but once you overcome those 7 days you feel like a completely new person.
As a model and influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.
If I could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people I would encourage everyone to donate to Action Against Hunger. I’ve witnessed so many hotels, restaurants and friends first hand throw away food they no longer want or no longer need and I wish there was a way to donate all that food that is being thrown away to others less fortunate.
We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this.
Omg yes! I’d love to be able to sit down with Tyra Banks one on one! She’s been my inspiration growing up and someone I looked up to. I was so inspired by her confidence and how fierce she is when I watched her show ATM. It would be a dream come true to get a chance to meet her.
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
Thank you so much for these amazing insights. This was so inspiring, and we wish you continued success!
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