Social Icon Interviews: Jackie Almeida
On being vegan, loving nature and her real reasons for being happy.
Part of our mission at the Eva Collective is to amplify all the good that social icons are doing around the world, and to give them another platform to have meaningful conversations about topics the world needs to hear more of.
I could not be happier to kick off our interview series with the lovely, passionate and incredibly high vibe Jackie Almeida. I mean, if this girl doesn't make you wanna smile ear to ear...
Jackie is currently in Bali, but loves to travel. She's represented by Role Models Management, an ethical talent & modeling agency (so refreshing to see an agency that cares also!) We see big things on the horizon for Jackie! You can follow her for more inspiration on her blog at www.jackieland.com and Instagram @iamjackiealmeida.
Q: What topics are you most passionate about sharing right now - something that could really help the world if everyone did it / got on board?
- Environment in every aspect, by my love to Mother Nature I try to remind people where we come from and see us as one. I believe the change comes from love: once you fall in love with nature you wanna make everything possible for change.
- Travel to understand the world better. The more you get to know other countries and cultures, the more you accept others without judging and pointing fingers.
- Astrology because it helps us to get to know ourselves deeply, and the more we know about ourselves, the better we will communicate with others.
Q: Tell us about someone who has been a positive influence on you.
A: Anthony Lowther. He inspired me to live the vegan lifestyle, meditate and magically took me to my spiritual path.
Q: If you could speak to a classroom of young girls today, what is the # 1 lesson you 'd like to share?
A: I would empower them to love themselves. By love I mean accept their characteristics; I think when you are comfortable with yourself there are no limits to achieving your dreams and nowadays I see a lack of confidence in this new generation and it’s our job to empower these young girls and boys.
Q: What is the biggest change you've made in your life to be happier and healthier?
A: Going vegan! Veganism taught me about compassion. By Loving our planet I learned how to love myself. Being healthy also created a good state of mind.
Q: What is the biggest change you've made in your life to make the world better?
A: Again going vegan, this lifestyle is full of benefits isn’t it? :) But being happy and spreading good energies is my thing - it's like a chain of good vibes that I spread wherever I go. People see and people do, so I try to inspire with my actions what I believe is good for the world and sometimes people follow it. :)
Q: We all have the occasional tough day ... What's the one thing that will cheer you up on a hard day?
A: Whenever I’m dealing with a problem before getting stressed or worried I stop for a sec and take a deep breath and I say to myself “I’m breathing, all is well”. There is a solution to everything in this life, and if I’m breathing I’m fine. :)
One of our missions for creating this platform is to give Social icons the opportunity to have deeper conservations than the frequent questions about outer things like appearance/workouts/etc. So with that in mind ...
Q: What is the one question you wish people would ask you more often?
A: Everyone constantly gives comments about my vibe. I wish they could instead ask me the reason I’m always happy.
Q: That's a great question! Now's your chance to share - where does your happiness come from?
A: Some people find happiness only when good things are happening, and when they see me always happy they interpret that I have a perfect life. But I’m not different than anyone, if they knew where I came from and everything that I went through in my early life they will believe me when I say “you can create your own world." I have ups and downs (sometimes lots of downs lol), but what matters is the way I react to my problems, focus on understanding the reason I’m having them and make some changes instead of getting stressed and desperate about anything. This is why I’m always happy!
Q: What does being a "Social Icon" mean to you?
A: Social Icon for me means a role model, someone that has something interesting to share by being real and not a copy of everyone else. Someone that is loyal to their principles and naturally inspires others just by being themselves.