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Naiara Bras / Q&A

12th October 2020

12th October 2020

By Caitlin Bell

Naiara Bras is a Brazilian model, content creator, sommelier, and one of our Innermost Insiders. We recently sat down with her to get the low-down on what she's been up to, her experiences in the modelling industry, and what health and fitness means to her.

Hey Naiara! So how and why did you first get into health and fitness?

When I moved to Shanghai for modelling, I really needed to take better care of my body. I did a lot of workouts, but in a big city with a new language, it was difficult to get into the right healthy mindset. It was when I moved to Milan in 2016 that I became super focused and I started boxing (which I love) and found my passion for fitness! 

How has your focus on health and fitness benefitted you?

I fell in love with taking care of my body and when you see changes and you feel good, you become addicted! I just felt that I wanted to improve and challenge myself, and I really wanted to share that feeling and try to help other people benefit from it too.

What's your overall philosophy when it comes to body and mind?

Meditate and read. Meditation will change your life, and so will reading. When you meditate you improve your brain functions - you slow down and really focus. And reading is a beautiful way to learn anything and everything.  

What does #liveinnermost mean to you? 

It means getting closer to your centre to find balance in your life.

Your favourite Innermost products and why? 

I love the Wellbeing range! The Detox Booster is a mix of so much amazing stuff. 

When did you start modelling and when did you realise you could make it a career? 

I was scouted at the cinema by an agent in Brazil and then I decided to do a modelling course to see how far I could go. It was when I got a contract to move to Shanghai that it changed my path completely.

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Where have you lived across the world? 

Brazil (of course), Shanghai, Milan, London, New York and Los Angeles.

Which place stole your heart the most? 

Italy! I just love everything about that country.

What do you miss most about Brazil? 

My family and the food. Even though I'm not a massive foodie, the food there is delicious.

Best piece for advice to anyone wanting to get into modelling? 

Believe in yourself! There is space for everyone to succeed. Connect with the right people but always stay true to yourself.

Most important thing you can do if you want to be a model? 

Take care of your mind and body, and have the courage to explore the world.

Most glamorous thing you’ve done through work? 

Working with Dior Fine Jewellery.

Least glamorous thing you’ve had to do through work? 

Shooting a summer collection outside during the winter in China (I got a cold after).

Where do you see yourself in five years, except for having an excellent wine collection? 

Oh the wine! I see myself successful in my career and starting a family. I would love to pursue more projects in the events business and combine it with wine as much as possible. I did a few wine courses in Milan and it's become one of my passions.

Go-to breakfast?

As much coffee as possible. Bread with peanut butter, banana and cinnamon. And after my workout, an Innermost protein shake with The Detox Booster.

Favourite healthy snack? 

Cashew nuts.

Book currently on your bedside table? 

The Luxury Strategy, recommended by my teacher - I study the Art of Luxury at Sotheby's.

Number one reason for taking care of your body? 

Because it's important to invest in yourself.

One thing that would make the world a better place? 

If everyone would respect each other.

If you want to keep up with everything Naiara is doing, follow her on Instagram @naiarabras.

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