Lifestyle 22 March 2018
World renowned supermodel, Madeline Stuart is continuing to do amazing things in 2018. The world's first supermodel with Down Syndrome, we have watched her walk the runways of New York Fashion Week, the Art Hearts Fashion Week, Style Fashion Week, and Melange Fashion Week along with many other shows around the world.
On a mission to prove the doctors otherwise, who once told her mother that she wouldn't amount to anything, she's working to completely change the face of beauty and be the fittest she's ever been this year.
Being committed to healthy eating and exercising, working out 6 days a week with a personal trainer and sprinkling in time on the basketball court and on the cricket field has been her main focus. She's subsequently lost over 40 pounds (an especially challenging feat for someone with Down Syndrome), and has gained her access to the runways at London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week and in Istanbul - experiences she says are unlike any other. “There is nothing better than being on the catwalk, I love it, I feel my happiest when I am up there. I have found travelling the world so educational and have met some amazing people I hope I can continue to work with in the future," she shared with SWAAY.
Her accomplishments don't end with modeling though, as she's also busy with philanthropic work. She recently received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, with celebrities such as actress and activist Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Matt Dillon and more. The event helped raise more than $2.6 million for research and medical care for Down Syndrome and the Special Olympics of New York.
Sticking with a fitness routine is definitely not the easiest thing, but she's certain that even the women who hate getting up and getting to the gym or a class can keep with it.
If you're wondering how she even finds time to get to the gym, I'd say that we're having similar thoughts. But she makes time for it because she loves it and her health is so important to her.
With the next thing on her already pretty epic to-do list being a major bikini shoot, she's sharing how she keeps motivated to hit the gym those 6 days a week and never lose sight of the life-changing goals that she's made for herself. Sticking with a fitness routine is definitely not the easiest thing, but she's certain that even the women who hate getting up and getting to the gym or a class can keep with it.
Focus on the exhilaration of the workout
Getting up and putting those kicks on your feet is half the battle, but once you do, so many amazing emotions will wash over you as you get that adrenaline pumping. Madeline shared that she concentrates on the way she feels post-workout to help her get up and get moving. “I just hate sitting around doing nothing, I do not really watch tv or play on my computer, I have always been active and I love to socialize at the gym. The feeling after a workout is exhausting but exhilarating." We all know how good that post-workout glow feels, so shifting our focus could just be the key we all need to make fitness just as much of a commitment as we have with our businesses.
"The feeling after a workout is exhausting but exhilarating." Photo Courtesy of DMac Photography
Stick with your favorite classes
While most of us are on a mission to try new things in life, sticking with what you know you already love when it comes to hitting the gym might help you get closer to your goals than always trying something new. Madeline sticks to a few of her favorite classes to make the biggest impact on her body and burn the most calories. “I really love boxing, the battle ropes, and dance. These are definitely my favorite," she says.
When in doubt, think about the upcoming bikini season
There's nothing more motivating than thinking about putting on a bikini. With her upcoming bikini shoot in the works, this is a feeling that Madeline knows all too well and says she's preparing with “lots of Cardio, you need to get rid of the carbs and get moving on the treadmill."
Photo Courtesy of Wildflower Portraits
Madeline's three key tips
We've all had those sluggish moments when the last thing we want to do is get up and jump head first into a sweat sesh - but it's so necessary and so good for our bodies. Here's what Madeline has offered as her tips for pushing through those tough moments.
- You may hate work but if you want to pay the bills you do the job. Your health is way more important than the bills so you must work out.
- We look after everyone around us, women are always putting others first. Take the time to put yourself first, especially your health and go to the gym for you. It will relieve stress and you will feel great, especially after a few weeks.
- You only hate it if it is hard to do, once it is easier you will love it so get fit and fall in love with exercise.
Looking at everything that Madeline has accomplished over the years, has me motivated not only to get to the gym, but about life in general. She's persevered through so many moments where others might have just given up and there's a huge lesson in that.
Even through her success, Madeline is still the most down to Earth and humble woman and she reminded me to focus on simplicity and never underestimate the power of a smile.
“Never give up on yourself," she shared, “and always remember that a smile can make someone's day, sometimes we are so busy we forget that we all need someone and we all need to feel wanted. Life is short and is so much more than a big house and a fancy car, some of your best memories may come from the most simple things in life."
We are living in a time when women are rising to new heights which means they are regularly being confronted with the fear of being "too much". For women in business this is pervasive and costly.
A few ways women can be perceived as "too much" are:
Speaking up about their successes and achievements.
Sharing one too many photos of their cute kids.
Telling one too many people about that date night.
Looking a little too good in that swimsuit.
These can lead to being publicly attacked on social media or privately slandered which in turn leads to women dimming their light and walking on egg shells in hopes of avoiding conflict and judgement.
The minute a woman feels it's unsafe to shine she will begin to overthink, worry, and fear how she shows up in the world.
Forgetting to announce the book is done and the interview is live.
Choosing to focus on what's still on the to-do list rather than what's been checked off.
Many female entrepreneurs are subconsciously altering their behavior in an attempt to not attract too much attention to themselves, rather than focusing on allowing authenticity and magnetism to attract their ideal clients and community.
Women are afraid of being criticized, ostracized, and abandoned by other women for simply being who they are. This leads to quite the quantum when being who you are is simplest way to accelerate the growth of your business.
New research shows men are far more comfortable with self promotion than women are. Researchers found that men rate their own performance 33 percent higher than equally performing women. What we know is that self promotion pays off and this is where women are missing the boat.
The world needs more women to step into leadership roles and no longer be intimidated about creating six and seven figure careers.
Here are five ways to release the fear of being "too much":
1. Approve of yourself.
While it feels good to receive outside validation it will never be enough if you don't first appreciate yourself. The key to having a healthy support system is to make sure you are part of it. Being your biggest critic is what your mother's generation did. It's now time to be your biggest cheerleader. Becoming aware of self talk will reveal what belief is ready to be re-wired. Create a simply mantra that affirms how incredible capable you are.
2. Connect deeply to those you serve.
One powerful way to shift out of people pleasing behavior is to get clear on who actually matters to the wellbeing and success of your life and business. Leadership is not about being the most popular, instead it's a decision to be brave for those who can't be. Take a few minutes each day to visualize and meditate on those your business serves and supports. See your future clients moving toward you every time you choose to stand in your power and use your authentic voice.
3. Remember the legacy you wish to leave.
Having your life purpose and legacy in writing is one of the most transformational exercises you can do. Reading this often will keep you focused on what matters. Knowing what you wish to leave in the hearts of those you love most is incredibly grounding. You didn't come here to keep your mouth shut, dilute your truth, or dim your light-you came here to make a difference.
4. Forgive those who have been unsupportive in the past.
The past has a way of informing the future in a negative way when there is unresolved pain. Take a few minutes to get quiet and ask yourself who you have unforgiveness towards or maybe their name came to mind as you read this article. Listening to a forgiveness meditation or writing a letter to the person you are ready to forgive are both simple and effective ways to process and heal.
5. Be part a community of bright, successful women.
Meaningful relationships with others who have similar aspirations is what will keep you out of isolation and playing small. These connections can happen in a networking group, online community or a local Meetup. Thriving in every area of life is depend on you knowing where you belong and being celebrated there. Don't wait to be invited, go actively seek out people and places that support your dreams and desires.
6. Accept you can have it all.
Women have been fed a lie for generations that says, you can have love or money. Decide you can have it all and allow it to flow to you. You can have a successful career and an amazing mother. You can balance motherhood and loving marriage. Don't let anyone write the rules for you. This is the time to create the life you desire on your terms.
7. Celebrate everything!
The fastest way to leave the haters in the dust is to celebrate everything! At the end of each day lay in bed and recall the best moments. At the end of each week, publicly acknowledge and celebrate what's good in your life. Once a month, have a celebration dinner and share it with those who have helped you in the journey. If there's something good happening, talk about it with everyone who will listen!
May you be a woman who chooses to shine so that others may be reminded of all they can be and do.