Sasha-Lee Taylor is a 23-year old entrepreneur, celebrity personality and author from Joburg. She hopes to make the lives of those in South Africa, just a little better by offering them an opportunity to gain one of life's most basic skills – being able TO READ! Her Children’s Educational book, "Learn to Read Learn to Lead", does just that!
GLAMOUR caught up with Sasha-Lee, who is not only is an author, but also runs a modelling pageantry school, and this is how she stays fit and fab!
GLAMOUR: Why does fitness play an important role in your life?
ST: I have always enjoyed fitness, for me hitting the gym is more than just a workout, it’s a way of clearing my mind - my “me” time basically. I’ve been an active individual since a young age and it’s something I enjoy doing.
GLAMOUR: How do you maintain a fit lifestyle?
ST: I try to go to the gym 5-6 days a week, I feel lost on the days that I’ve missed a session. I also enjoy other forms of fitness, such as walks, or bike rides in the park. Fitness doesn’t always necessarily have to mean in a gym.
GLAMOUR: What is your preferred workout style/regime?
ST: I enjoy a variety of cardio, HIIT and weight training to get all the benefits from each style.
GLAMOUR: Do you prefer to work out with a partner or alone?
ST: On the days that I don’t train with my personal trainer I would prefer to train alone because I like to challenge myself and push my own limits.
GLAMOUR: As a modelling coach, how does fitness and self-confidence tie in with one another?
ST: In this industry (which is quite cut-throat) it’s important to always look and feel your best, which helps a lot with self-confidence. Fitness lends itself to setting personal goals, which for me is very important. Achieving those goals leads to higher self-confidence. Start small, start somewhere – every bit count.
GLAMOUR: How can fitness have an impact on one’s self-confidence?
ST: Fitness is more than just weight or fat loss - it’s about feeling better about yourself. Acknowledging personal change and difference, no matter how big or small. It helps you maintain a positive mindset and outlook about how you look and feel on the inside and outside, which helps one feel more confident.
GLAMOUR: As a model, do you feel the pressures in the industry to look a certain way?
ST: There is definitely pressure to have a certain weight or look a specific way but I have come to realize that the industry is being a lot more open-minded than what is was before, which is great for young girls to see. You don’t have to be a size 2 to be successful in the industry.
GLAMOUR: What is your preferred pre-workout snack?
ST: I love a banana or some apple and peanut butter - it’s my go to snack most of the times.
GLAMOUR: Do you follow a specific workout schedule?
ST: I prefer to gym in the morning so that I have the rest of the day to do the things I need to. I am currently finishing my second educational children’s book to follow on from my first ‘Learn to Read, Learn to Lead’ book, so I need to prioritise my time well.
GLAMOUR: What is your favourite workout song?
ST: I’m loving Megan Trainor – ‘Badass Woman’ at the moment.