"Through education we can understand that all these things are merely a manmade social construct of what it means to be beautiful, and often these things in definition are extremely narrow-minded and are not all encompassing of the majority of women." - Lara.
Where are you from? I am a half Filipina/Indian originally from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (or most commonly known as Dubai) and I currently live in Alberta, Canada.
Where do you want to most travel, and have never been? Why? All my life ever since I was a young girl back home in Dubai, I've wanted to travel to India to explore my ancestral land. India is and was a multitude of things: the seat of many empires, the basis of the British Empire, the contributor and originator of many things we use today in our day to day lives, it is globally well known for its music, fashion, cuisine, and media industry; it is the birthland for many world religions; it is one of the worlds most ancient civilizations that is still standing and completely in existence today almost as it was 4,000 years ago - the only other ancient civilization that is equally as ancient and still retains very much the same culture as it was thousands of years ago is China - I think that makes these two places extremely special, as many other civilizations have come and gone and not been able to survive. China would be an amazing country to visit, it is also the motherland of many things and has birthed many other globally known civilizations we know of today.
Modern day India is historically compromised of present day Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, and as a result I'd love to do a thorough tour of all three countries. I primarily complete an extensive tour of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives) and all of what is now known as the Middle East.
If you were to give one advice to a girl what would it be? My advice to most women is to educate yourselves. Whether this be formal education such as university, or just spending time developing the mind, I believe education of all sorts is a highly moving factor. Through education, one can understand that the standard of beauty we have set for women today is narrow-minded and has at times been cruel to women. Women come in all shapes, sizes, colours and come from all backgrounds. Understanding that women do not need longer, slim and pointer noses to be beautiful, women do not need to have an hourglass figure to be beautiful, women do not need to be either skinny, slim or curvy to be beautiful, women do not need C cup size breasts to be beautiful, etc, etc etc. Through education we can understand that all these things are merely a manmade social construct of what it means to be beautiful, and often these things in definition are extremely narrow-minded and are not all encompassing of the majority of women. If we area able to overcome this through educating ourselves, to see past this obstacle, I believe that we can greatly increase and positively impact the way women feel about themselves.
What do you consider a perfect date? I believe that I am the kind of girl that can appreciate a good museum and still be taken to an amusement or water park right after. If a man can understand and cater to both sides of me: the intellectual yet daring and adventurous side, he's a keeper.
And fed. A girl must be well fed. This includes an assortment of chocolates, lava cakes, white chocolate brownies. And lattes. What is a date without food?
If you had to choose one person to switch with for one day, who would it be and why? Fascinating question, it got me thinking there for a while. There are so many people I'd love to switch with for a day but I think I'd choose to be the bossy Medieval lord of some cold, dingy European castle. How cool would it be to experience the life of a 13th century nobleman? Probably one of the more psycho ones, like King Henry the 8th. Or a Persian prince.
What has been your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge is managing my time properly and dedicating my effort to accomplishing just one thing, and seeing something through completion. I, for some reason, like to have my plate full of things to do and feel incomplete without a busy schedule. I prefer to multitask and I juggle many things in my schedule and day to day, but unfortunately that can leave me with little time to just breathe. This also results in many unfinished projects. (Typical Gemini trait, unfortunately).
What item in your closet can you not live without? Sounds odd, but nipple covers. Especially because a lot of of my wardrobe is compromised of backless dresses and bodysuits, etc. A fellow lady who's into fashion will understand the struggle.