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International Women’s Day Q&A: Christina Maria Kyriakidou

The Fabulous Christina Maria Kyriakidou the face of Secrets in Beauty  answers our International Women’s Day questions:

What do you think it means to be a woman today?

To be a woman in today’s world means to be the ultimate multi-tasker – to dream, to work, to work hard, to push forward, to achieve, to have no mental limits on where we want to go, balance family life and obligations and to be successful in whatever we choose to do.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing women your age today?

I am nearly 40 (next year) and I have always been of a strong work ethic and I have always put my work first.  My biggest challenge and for those of us who have not started a family yet, is being able to balance work and family. I am 4 months pregnant with my first child and still trying to work all the hours my pregnancy will allow me.  How I manage the work-life balance when this little one arrives, I have no idea but I will find my way.  Stopping my work is not an option and it is not something I want to do so again it is all about being the ‘ultimate multi-tasker’.

Who are your most inspirational female icons, and why?

Audrey Hepburn will always be on my list of inspirational female icons.  She was a lady of talent – acting and singing.  She took her fame seriously and used it to help others as a UNICEF ambassador.  She was a devoted mother, wife, humanitarian and she is admired all around the world even to this day.

Michelle Obama was the First Lady, a lawyer, a writer, wife, mother and a game changer.  I loved following her through her journey as First Lady and even more so now that she has left the White House.  She has continued to be a supporting voice for women of all ages and she inspires us all to keep pushing for more.

Diana, Princess of Wales brought the Royal Family into a new age in so many ways. She made the Royal Family human maybe even for the first time.  She worked hard and supported charities all over the world and she raised awareness and understanding to help people affected with HIV & AIDS, cancer and mental illnesses. She will always be my Queen of Hearts!

What advice would you give to young women growing up in today’s society?

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to follow your dreams and remember that dreams change.  Have the courage to follow your dreams as far as they will go and when a new one appears, have the spirit to pursue that too.  Never give up and enjoy the journey!

Finally, what is your personal motto/mantra?

My personal motto is take responsibility, work hard and ask for help.  If you do these 3 things, you will succeed in whatever you decide to do!

 

 

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