The girl that Glows — Christel Beukes
Who is this wonderfully and fearfully made women?
When we were looking for someone to be our first glowing woman, we didn't think twice. Christel's ease of self is so evident when you meet her. She is kind and glows from the inside out. It was a joy to work with her in creating our first visuals.
You can also keep an eye out for her voice soon to be heard over here as well.
Read our conscious conversation with Christel below — our first 'glowgirl' and soon-to-be contributor.
Tell us more about yourself - what do you do and what are your future plans ?
I’d say that I am compassionate and sensitive and come alive when I am able to share love and support. My family always comes first. I really enjoy travelling, I find that I flourish in nature and I definitely see the kitchen as my creative outlet and open canvas. I study Psychology and am currently doing a post-grad course in Integrative Nutrition, while working alongside my husband (Ed) as a videographer.
My future plans involve inspiring and enabling people to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life. Watch this space.
You study nutrition - how did you become interested in nutrition and what would you like to do with this knowledge once you have completed the course?
I’ve always been fascinated by nutrition. Looking back, my journey includes bumpy rides when food was my worst enemy but then also delightful discoveries when food became my BFF. Now I know that nutrition is so much more than food on your plate - and that fascinates me! So I’d love to share the knowledge that I’ve gained and plan on becoming a Health Mentor to people and especially young women.
You recently moved from the city to the countryside - how did this shift happen and does it influence you daily?
Well, I actually grew up on a farm as a little girl. After living in the city for 5 years, Ed and I realized that we desire simplicity. Slowly we started de-cluttering our lives and because we really believe in putting our thoughts and dreams to action, we ended up in the country side. Now we have more quality time, less stress, feel connected to a community and even get to harvest fresh veggies from a friend’s garden.
We know you were in the modelling industry until very recently - tell us more about your experience as a woman in this industry?
I was scouted when I was 16 and in retrospect - still too young. Looking back I was a young girl exposed to an industry that challenges your every core value. Who are you? Are you skinny enough? Is this too revealing or is it just artistic? How far are you willing to go? How little are you willing to wear? Are you beautiful enough? Are you being true to yourself? Is this making you happy? And what I realized was the answers to these questions really shape your character.
Nevertheless, I remain grateful for the opportunities that came across my path. I was represented by the best agency in South Africa (ICE Models) and worked with many dynamic people. It enabled me to travel the world and I know that it made me a stronger human being.
What is the biggest misconception you think people have about being a model?
Many think you’ve made it once you’ve been signed to an agency, when in fact the real work only begins. You spend hours and hours preparing for castings, waiting at castings, going to call-backs and the constant focus on maintaining your perfect shape and always having to be available. The industry has its perks and at times it does feel glamorous, but for the majority of the time you’re just a normal woman trying to make a living.
How important is wellness to you and why?
It’s crucial. Wellness gives me the energy and joy that feeds my ability to truly care, mentor, help, mother and uplift others to a place of thriving instead of surviving and that is why I pursue it everyday. I believe that your health becomes a vehicle of ebb and flow in reaching your true passions and goals in life.
Do you have specific rituals you practice as a means to wellness as a women?
I drink a cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning. I recently bought myself a tongue scraper. It helps to rid you of unwanted bacteria, which strengthens immunity, aids digestion and has many more benefits like fresh breath. I go for an outdoor run at least once a week. This boosts my mood big time!
Ed and I have regular ‘Croissant Sundays’. We’re connoisseurs to say the least. They have to be stringy, fluffy, light, buttery, warm and fresh! It might not be the healthiest of rituals, but it brings balance in our lives.
What does self-care mean to you as a woman and how do you make that part of your day life?
First and foremost self-care means taking care of my thoughts. When I am mindful about what I am saying to myself, I feel more balanced and think that I am more pleasant to be around. Self-care also means prioritizing the small things you do for yourself - not because you’ve reached a goal but because you’re always worthy of deserving it. Self-care also influences how we feel about ourselves – and that influences the way we treat people around us. My favorite self-care technique is going for a long run, stretching like there is no end, breathing like you’ve got the world’s time, running a bath, lighting a scented candle and stopping the clock for a few moments. I end off speaking positive things over my body as I moisture my skin and brush my hair.
Do you think your wellness has a direct influence on your day to day?
No doubt about it. Healthier means happier.
When do you feel at your best?
When I accomplish personal goals.
You married at a young age - what has been your biggest victory as woman in marriage?
Ed and I have a seven-year age difference and initially I felt really insecure in a group of older friends when it came to knowledge, opinion and wisdom. My greatest victory was growing more comfortable in my own skin, accepting my age and being less competitive and hard on myself. Otherwise marriage has been the best experience of my life.
Do you have any female mentors / muses and how do they inspire /
Both my mothers are my gold! The way they love their families inspire me. I have a handful of diverse girlfriends who are all pursuing incredible careers and they inspire me to be a go-getter.
We all know that self-love as women is hard for us - what part of your womanhood do you celebrate the easiest?
My sensitivity. It often takes on the shape of being emotional and even though some might perceive this as being weak, it reminds me that I can feel deeply and that there is strength in that. I celebrate my tears – they express my heart when words fail to do so.
If you find yourself on a stage in front of a crowd of women - what would you say to them as motivation to be the best version of themselves?
Strive to be fearless and stop yearning for perfection. Perfection will always be a relative term and working towards it is exhausting. Fear will smother your dreams and disables you to become the best version of yourself. I love this quote from a movie called ‘After Earth’,
“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real but fear is a choice.”
If you can give the 13 year old version of yourself apiece of advice / wisdom that you know today - what would thay be?
Life is never perfect and don’t stress, it will all work out. Oh and that big dream that you have of becoming a world-class contemporary dancer, go for it! You are enough and capable – so go dance your heart out!
You will be contributing to Glow in the near future - how does it make you feel to share your voice with women out there?
I feel humbled, honored and privileged to have the opportunity to be part of such a worthy and honest platform. It feels so very right. My inside is doing summersaults and my heart is smiling from ear to ear.
My favorite way of movement is
My favorite season is
Summer because flowy dresses and watermelon
An avo a day because it keeps the doctor away
The first thing I do when I wake up
is make coffee for Ed
The last thing I do before I go to bed is
Check under the bed for the tokolosi
My guilty pleasure is
Home baked rusks
Coffee or tea
Early bird or night owl
I get my energy from solitude / people
My favorite meal right now is
Avocado on extra toasted sourdough
Next on my travelling list is
Paris, because boulangeries!
I glow when
I feel loved and connected
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