We are so proud to feature Laura Wells as one of our role models, showing that there is so much more to all of us than meets the eye.
We wanted to know MORE about Laura and share with you MORE about what makes this high achiever who she is and why she is such an incredible role model.
Who are you?
I am Laura Wells. I am an environmentalist, a curious nature lover, a presenter, model and marine biologist by education.
I believe that we need to take responsibility for all of our actions, as no matter how big or small they affect the future of our planet and we have an obligation to preserve and conserve for generations to come.
What do people define you as?
I don’t mind what people define me as because I know who I am. Being a model you are often defined or told you are many things by people who don’t know you. People online commenting on your looks and body shape, defining you by your outer appearance without considering your motivations, ambitions, education or concerns.
Some would define me as a plus size model, others would be shocked at that definition. Some would call me a biologist, a presenter, an educator, or a toilet humor geek who loves to get dirty in nature and salty in the ocean. I guess I am all of them plus a lot more.
At the end of the day if I am true to myself and doing what I love and giving back to people and the planet than it doesn’t really matter what others think.
What else you want the world to know about you?
I absolutely love the ocean, the colours, textures and the inspiration it gives me. I work with the whale research team in the Cook Islands and am infatuated by whales.
I am passionate about educating others on the effects of climate change and how they can live a life conducive to creating a better future and I am studying a Diploma of paramedical science so that I can combine the effects of climate change and human health together and be able to respond to disasters with useful skills.
Where do you find your daily inspiration?
I take my daily inspiration from the people I surround myself with. My husband is inspirational in the fact that he makes his visions come to life.
My friends are inspirational in the way that they dedicate themselves to conservation and live that through each part of their lives while helping to educate others.
Most of my daily inspiration comes from the world around me. The wildlife and ecosystems. They provide so much enjoyment, colour, sound and help to spark the imagination its hard not to be inspired by the world around us.
What message do you want to send to other women?
We live in a day and age where anything is possible. Remove yourself from the expectations of others and find your why. Then, insert that why into your everyday life and own it.
Don’t worry about what others think and feel about it. If it is giving back to the people around you and the planet then that’s what matters.
We need to stop being so hung up on what others are doing, stop comparing ourselves to unrealistic people, celebrities and expectations and do what makes us truly happy.
When did you decide to seek change?
After studying a marine biology degree and a law degree then moving to New York to model, I was really fortunate to be able to travel the world working.
Travelling to many interesting countries I started seeing and understanding the extent of environmental pollution, especially marine plastic pollution.
Everything I saw was anthropogenic, meaning it was created by humans, and it really made me realise how much damage our everyday actions, actions we don’t think twice about, are having on our environments.
It was from than that I decided I needed to use my platform to educate others how they can make a difference and to change my lifestyle, behaviours and habits to create the world that I want to see.
I decided to seek change mentally in terms of how I viewed my body in my mid twenties. I realised that my body, regardless of my size 14 frame, has the ability to do everything I need and want it to do. It allows me to get salty and explore the ocean, it allows me to go hiking and camping, to hang out with my friends, to love and be loved and to make a difference.
I decided that I would stop comparing myself to the images I saw in magazines, advertisements and on social media. A lot of images are digitally altered and comparing yourself to images that people post just isn’t worth it. It’s a very small snap shot in time and very rarely is it the absolute truth.
It’s really important that we respect ourselves and our bodies. If we all looked the same the world would be a boring place. We are more than our external appearance and as long as we are healthy and happy than we should focus our effort on making a difference.
When you feel like you’re falling behind what do you tell yourself?
I tried to zen myself and take some time out to mediate or do some exercise. This helps to clear my head.
Then I will make a list or whiteboard all of the things I need to do. Prioritise them and state checking them off.
I am usually on the go and have a lot of things that I need to do so it helps to put them all down visually so that I can see what I have to do and get to work.
What is your morethan____?
I am more than other people’s perceptions… I am me
How do you Move, Nourish, Believe daily?
Each try to start each day with a positive thought. This could be done as an affirmation, a compliment, meditation or breathing exercises. It’s a great way to be present and to start your day with good intentions.
Most days I enjoy some form of exercise and I am as plastic free as possible, one way I nourish myself and the environment.
What is your favourite quote?
“No ocean, no life. No Blue, no green” – Sylvia Earle
What do you want to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for helping people understand that their actions count and that they can make a difference just by changing their habits and behaviours.
If I can help some people do that than I’ll be happy.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a woman means being a part of an ecosystem that needs your support and input. It means being a team player and standing up for others.
What does success mean to you?
Success is living simply, loving truly, protecting our natural environments and encouraging others to be the best they can.
What do you love about yourself?
I love the fact that I can adapt to the environments around me. I love the fact that I am curious about the world and am hungry for knowledge.
How does Lorna Jane make you feel?
Supported in more ways than one.
Supported when I am exercising because the quality of the garments are great. And supported within a network of women trying to help each other.
Can you describe yourself in one word?
Who is your role model?
Sylvia Earle, David Attenborough and anyone who has gone against the system to better the world around us!
Thank you Laura ????
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