Q: One of your greatest struggles?
A: One of my greatest struggles has been learning to love myself. Growing up in rural Tennessee, I was the tallest girl in all of my classes. I would try to shift my weight to one hip to appear shorter and ended up stunting my growth in one leg because I wanted so desperately to be shorter. As I got older, being taller than most of the boys made it hard to date and it didn’t help that there were never any cute shoes for girls with size 10 feet.
If that wasn’t enough, I was usually the only minority in the advanced classes in school so I stuck out like a sore thumb. I was always the last to be picked for projects, and although my complexion is chocolate I was often called “white girl” by other minorities. To fit in I’d often study day and night so I would be picked first in my advanced classes and after school I would hang out with the toughest girls on the block, and steal and fight just to prove I wasn’t a “good girl.” I never felt like I truly fit anywhere. It wasn’t until I learned to love and accept myself that I really started to feel good and that happened through track and field.
Q: One of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?
A: The best lesson I’ve learned is that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and we create our reality with our thoughts and emotions. The best advice to go along with that is to practice daily meditation for at least 10 minutes to connect with spirit and think and visualize want you want in life more than what you don’t want.
Q: Your best skincare recommendations?
A: My best skincare tips:
• Consume a low-fat vegan diet of mostly fruits and veggies
• Drink a gallon of water a day infused with fresh lemon juice and cayenne
• Use witch hazel to tone skin
• Wear as little makeup as possible. My favorite is lip gloss and mascara
• Smile all the time. It’s like a workout for your face. Smiling keeps your cheeks nice and toned and gives you that glow.
Koya Webb is a holistic health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, and professional fitness model who is helping revolutionize raw/vegan cuisine, yoga and the holistic living landscape. A “transformational specialist” when it comes to helping people reach their goals. Her Get Loved Up retreats and new online program Healthy Vegan Rx help people make positive lifestyle changes.