Beauty is not about aesthetics —Nashaira Belisa
Born on the island of Curaçao, Colombian beauty queen Nashaira Belisa perfectly combines beauty, grace, class, elegance and intelligence. After winning several national and international beauty crowns, Belisa crowned her pageantry efforts with intelligence and sophistication. The multilingual CEO of Pageant House is currently studying international and European law and resides in Nigeria. In this exclusive interview with SEGUN ADEBAYO, she talks about life beyond beauty.
What is your earliest memory of fashion, beauty and the world of style?
I’ve always loved walking in my mom’s high heels and playing with her makeup. The next thing I remember is my mom signed me up with a modeling agency when I was four. This is how it all started.
Until now, many considered beauty queens to be air heads without ambition. As an accomplished woman, how does it feel to be more than just a question of beauty?
Somewhere between jeans sizes and makeup palettes, the definition of what it means to be beautiful seems to have been overtaken by physical and materialistic standards. Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but it’s not all about aesthetics. Beauty starts from within and fades away, which means the more beauty you internalize, the more beautiful you will feel in your skin, your clothes and the more confidence will radiate with just a flash of your smile.
There isn’t a single shade of lipstick or a little black dress that you can put on that will automatically make you feel beautiful. It’s more than that. Personally, I feel the best and the most beautiful, both mentally and physically, on the days when every creative juice inside my body is flowing. It usually starts with a workout that pushes my body to its limits, followed by a good hot shower and a good book. Then later, when I put my pen on paper and the ideas spill over the pages, forming a chain of words that sound as good as they feel; for me, it’s beauty.
These are the kind of days when I look at myself in the mirror, and the person looking at me feels beautiful. I’m happy to be able to explain to people that beauty queens are more than donkeys. Unfortunately, that was a bad idea and now is the time to purify the air. A lot of these beauty queens have been through a lot before and after the contest. Some have gone ahead and made a name for themselves;
The competition industry can be very competitive, what is your recipe for success?
Enthusiasm: Choose a career you love, not just the one that makes you the most money. Time: Don’t take on so many projects that you end up rushing or giving up. Energy: Give yourself the downtime you need to relax and rejuvenate. Support: Find a conference or other event related to your goal – you’ll get real buzz from a focused period of time spent in the company of others who share your dreams and ambitions.
Tell us about your foundation and all your other achievements focused on women and mothers?
I launched my foundation in 2013 in Curacao and Colombia. The idea of helping women and mothers started when I saw the need for it. I have seen so many women become superheroes. Mothers, sisters, students trying to have a personal life; and to be honest, it’s not easy. Help is needed and the opportunity for me to provide it has arisen.
When and why did you come to Nigeria?
I arrived in Nigeria in March and started pitching my project; six months later, it becomes a reality. Pageant House Foundation has started to work and is already involved in some projects. We have been involved in a water project. We have had the privilege of sharing with some communities and orphanages and look forward to other projects with more NGOs, orphanages and communities. We intend to reach so many and hope to work with notable organizations in Nigeria.
Have you experienced beauty pageants in Nigeria, how was it?
Thanks to my participation in Miss Universe and Miss World, I have known and understood the pageantry around the world, including in Nigeria since I met and brought closer your ambassadors of beauty. In addition, the company that I created also asked me to do more research. Believe me, you will find me at the forefront of these upcoming events to come.
If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
I think the wisdom and life lessons of our parents should be taken more seriously. These powerful life experiences are to be seen as a gift and are meant to make our lives easier, but as young people we tend to do and / or follow what we think is best. In the meantime, we could actually save ourselves some heartache.
Which of the titles or awards you’ve won means the most to you?
That’s when I won the Teen Princess of the World award in the Dominican Republic. It was an honor to represent my island and to win, even though Curacao is a small island. I have to say that we have been shown to be a hidden treasure.
What’s the next achievement for you?
My current project, Pageant House, will take the next two years of my life to get off to a good start. But my main focus is TV production, e-commerce and consulting.
What is the most amazing thing about being a beauty queen?
It is being able to access women all over the world; and be able to have a positive impact on women. Obviously the fact that I feel like a princess and the combination of it all is just amazing.
Tell us about your daily beauty routine?
I wake up at 7am, exercise at 7:30 am, follow my skin routine, and am ready to start my day. Nothing too crazy, but I have to add that drinking a gallon of water a day definitely contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
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