“Another hobby of my mine that I enjoy doing is doing donation drives to help my community.”
“My first ever pageant was Miss West Indian Canadian. It was a pageant for Caribbean girls. This was the opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and meet other new people.”
“I will succeed on my goal to become an advocate to many young kids, teens and adult who have special needs to over come their fear of their future.”
“Being determine gives me the opportunity to complete my goals and be proud of myself when I know that I am working hard.”
“Respect is a two-way street when working with professional and I feel as a model that this is one of my top priorities in my book. Receiving respect from others is important because it helps us to feel safe and to express ourselves…”
“My advice to the young individuals out there is to take a chance and embrace your talents. Feel confidence in what you do because no one can do what you can do…”
It is an honor to present from Canada, Simone Mohabir, International Model, Beauty Queen, Miss Galaxy Etobicoke 2022, Miss Galaxy Canada 2021 – 2nd RU, Miss Galaxy Mississauga 2021!!!
Simone gives me a wonderful interview !!!
Welcome to Simone Mohabir !!!
1.- Simone , Were you born in Guyana? What are your hobbies? What makes you laugh a lot or does it give you a lot of joy?
Unfortunately, I was not born in Guyana, but I would have loved to be born in their beautiful nature which they are known for. They are also known for their diversity in terms of cultures, races and religions. Guyana is made up of seven different ethnic groups, Amerindian, East Indian, African, Portuguese, European and Chinese including mixed race. I was fortunate enough to visit my home country growing up. From what I remember, I love going to their restaurant and fast-food shops because it is very different compared to Canada. It is a great opportunity and an amazing experience for my family and I to have. For example; Guyana have similar fast -food restaurants such Dairy Queen but their menu is totally different compared to the Dairy Queen in Canada. The one in Guyana has their own flavours such as Rum Rasin, Guava Cheesecake and Pine tart Blizzard. Just visiting Guyana allows me to learn more about where my parents grew up and reconnect with family that I have not seen in a while as well.
My hobbies right now is playing my steel pan which is a Caribbean instrument that is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. I have been playing the steel pan for almost 10 years now. I started when I was 14 which is grade 9 and since then, I have been playing. But I am not a professional of course, I just play for fun. Another hobby of my mine that I enjoy doing is doing donation drives to help my community. To others, it may seem like an odd hobby to have but to me it’s a rewarding and a fun opportunity for me to get involved within my family.
What make me laugh or gives me joy are my friends. What I love is that I work with my friends which gives me the opportunity to see them everyday and create bonds/memories with them. Even though they are my work friends I consider them my family and my safe space to be in. My friends are the ones that keep me in line, and my support system. Without them I would not be the person I am today. They are here to help me grow and encourage make the right decision in my life.
2.- You grew up in Canada, what do you feel for Canada, its people and its culture?
Growing up and being born in Canada gave me the opportunity to meet new people from different cultures. I grew up in a very brown community where they are limited cultured kids to talk to besides teachers being one nation. As I got older, I soon realized that there are more diversity in the world. In college I had met so many cultured people which got my interested to learned about and talk to them. But I also wanted to learned more about my culture since I did not have a lot of Guyanese friends in my circle.
Which was why I started to talk to people that were Caribbean. To me personally I felt like I did not know my own culture that well and wanted to learn more. Especially when it comes to music, I did not know a lot of the Soca songs or recent artists that are part of the genre. So, for me I decided to hang out with people from my own culture and get involved with events and hang outs. I always felt left out growing up, that there wasn’t a place for me in this society today.
On one hand I want to learn more about my culture and the other hand I wanted to reach out and meet new diverse people. The good part of this is that, where I work, we have such a very cultured work place, it actually allowed me to get to know their culture.
3.- International Model, Beauty Queen, Miss Galaxy Etobicoke 2022, Miss Galaxy Canada 2021 – 2nd RU, Miss Galaxy Mississauga 2021, When did you decide to take your first steps as a model and being in beauty pageants? What feelings did you have by achieving your dreams, your passion and being a recognized influencer woman today?
I first decided being in beauty pageants to hep with my self confidence. I have been struggling with my self confidence for a while now and I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and participate in something that would encourage me to face my fears. It was also a decision that I made to improve on my public speaking. I know for a fact that speaking in front of so many people is one of my weaknesses and I wanted to improve on this skill of mine that I am lacking on. My first ever pageant was Miss West Indian Canadian. It was a pageant for Caribbean girls. This was the opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and meet other new people.
When I first heard about this pageant, I thought that this was an amazing idea to bring girls in the Caribbean together and build friendships and create bonds. This pageant has taught me a lot. It taught me that there will always be haters in the audience and will call you out when you mess up. There will be that one person where every thing is handed towards them. And there will be fake people behind the scene that will act like they want to be their friend. What I learned from this pageant is that do not take anything personal and stay true to who you are as a person. There will be people out there that will try to tear you down and shatter your confidence but you have to remember that you are a strong individual female that has a purpose in today’s society.
After having some bit of experience of my first pageant, I decided to push myself further, which was where I applied for Miss World Cananda (provincials). Entering this pageant gave me a lot of confidence to continue this journey of mine. This pageant taught me even more when competing in my a very competitive competition. You always need to be ready, always be on time, even when you are not doing something they are ALWAYS watching you and be confident in your even move. Another thing that I learned is to never compare yourself to other girls in the competition because it will be a distraction and will tear down part of your self confidence.
Moving forward, I am determined to keep going on my pageant journey, and I will succeed on my goal to become an advocate to many young kids, teens and adult who have special needs to over come their fear of their future.
When I decided to take my first steps in modelling, I was not expecting myself to become so busy with many photographers reaching out. When I did my first photoshoot, it was after I finished completing Miss West Indian Canadian. Which for me I was very excited because who doesn’t want to dress up and take photos? I was also nervous because I did not know the first thing about modelling. I was not the modelling type or had the “face” for it. Back then when you thought of the word “model” there was only one thing everyone would think of, “skinny,” “tall” and etc. But now in today’s society, people in the modelling industry can look like however they want to look like. Which gives other people especially women to see others showing off flaws that other women would not dream of doing in front of millions of people. It provides them self esteem and self confidence.
Which is what modelling has done for me, it helped me grow a part of me that I never knew I had as a person. The growth of my self confidence has gotten to a point where I feel comfortable in my own body to where I was a couple years ago when I used to compare myself to other girls on social media. getting into modelling allow me to try new things and explore different themes of photoshoots as well as getting to know different photographers.
The feeling of being and still becoming/recognize of a women influencer today is one of the best feelings in the world. I am grateful, blessed and so proud of myself for coming this far on my journey today.
My life goal is to be a role model to many young children as well as teens/adults in my community and encourage them to be the best version of their selves. Being able to have the passion to help my community and displaying it on social media gives others in my community to join in and help me complete my goal of donations. It is a rewarding feeling to have when your own community reaches out and helps you on a mission that you created and being able to put a smile on the donor’s face when open-handedly donations supplies for them.
4.- What do you think is the distinctive, unique stamp of Simone in each activity carried out as a person and model?
The most unique characteristic stamp that best describe myself as a person and a model would be determine because I am someone who never gives up on a goal that they have. Even though there are situations in my life where it will knock me down but I always get back up and try again harder. I enjoy pushing myself to the fullest and improving on my self care and body everyday. Being determine gives me the opportunity to complete my goals and be proud of myself when I know that I am working hard. Some may say that I should not push myself so hard because I need to take care of myself but what they do not know is that I love keeping myself busy everyday. When I am not busy, I feel lazy which is where I would find something to do.
5.- What is the main virtue that any woman must have to be an international model?
To me the main virtue that any women must have to be an international model would be to have respect. Not only for yourself but for those around you. I always feel that you should always respect your photographer in their vision for you but to always stand your ground when you do not feel comfortable in something that you do not want to do. in order to get respect, you must receive respect.
Respect is a two-way street when working with professional and I feel as a model that this is one of my top priorities in my book. Receiving respect from others is important because it helps us to feel safe and to express ourselves. Being respected by important people in our lives teachers us how to be respectful towards others. Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they are different from you and you don’t agree with them. Respect does not have to come naturally- it is something you learn as you grow up.
6.- Are you aware of being an influential woman for thousands of girls who want to be models? How important is it to you to be an idol for many girls and teenagers?
I am very aware about being an influential woman for thousands for girls and how important it is to me to become a model because I am representing girls who are not comfortable with their own body and starting to embrace my self confidence for them.
Growing up I have always not liked my body because my growth sprit was very early and I have developed faster then other girls my age. To me, I decided to hide my body especially my chest area because it was larger than other girls my age.
I was embarrassed and insecure. It is not until I reached to high school when I started to embrace my body more and I started to open up. So, with that being said I am so grateful to be an idol to many young girls and women that are struggling with their own body imagine silently. I want to be their role model and show them that it is okay to look a certain way and you should be appreciative to look like the way you do.
7.- What was your feeling the first time you modeled in front of a video camera? What did you feel the first time at a beauty pageant?
The feeling of modelling in front of a video camera was very intimidating for me. I have recently done my very first video shoot and I was a nervous reck. I kept trying to push myself because I honestly wanted to impress this videographer. But the more I push myself the extra difficult it was for us to get the correct shots. So, I knew that I needed to relax and have fun with the next video shoot. In the end, the video turned out amazing but I knew that I could have done better.
Thankfully I have a second chance with the videographer and will be doing another soon!
The first time I did a beauty pageant, I was extremely nervous because the entire reason that I entered pageants was to boost my self confidence and become an advocate for many young children with special needs.
8.- What do you think about the power of social media today?
I believe that social does have a lot of power in today’s society. People are always watching you and waiting for you to make your next step. Social media also does have a negative impact in today’s generation. Human beings are social creatures. We need the companionship of others to succeed in life, and the strength of our connections has a huge impact on our mental health and happiness.
Being socially connected to others can affluence stress, anxiety, and depression, boost self-worth, provide comfort and joy, prevent loneliness, and even add years to your life. On the other hand, lacking strong social connections can pose a serious risk to your mental and emotional health.
In today’s world, many of us rely on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram to find and connect with each other. While each has its benefits, it’s important to remember that social media can never be a replacement for real-world human connection.
It requires in-person contact with others to trigger the hormones that improve stress and make you feel happier, healthier, and more positive. Ironically for a technology that’s designed to bring people closer together, spending too much time engaging with social media can actually make you feel more lonely and isolated—and intensify mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
9.- How do you like to interact with your followers on social media? Whats your favorite social media?
Interacting with my followers gives me a boost of encourage on what I do everyday. They allow me to push myself and become a better version of me. My current favourite social media is Instagram because there is where I can connect more with a lot of photographers/videographers and other models to collab with.
10.- What advise would you give young people who have talent but do not dare to take the next step? What advise would you give to parents who do not support their children’s talents?
My advice to the young individuals out there is to take a chance and embrace your talents. Feel confidence in what you do because no one can do what you can do. Everyone is unique in their own special way and I believe that is an amazing thing that you can discover.
To the parents who do not support their children’s talent. Your children look up to you as their role model. As a parent you should support your child regardless what they do. Encourage them and not be embarrassed by them of what they do. Learn what their talent is and try to help them.
Let your child know that you care and you have an interest on what they are doing. Do not make fun of them because they will be ashamed.
11.- What important lessons have you learned from the world of fashion and beauty pageants?
I have learned that hard work pays off. You may be good but there is always someone else that is working harder then you. You just have to tell yourself that you got this and work harder next time. It takes A LOT of commitment to train your body and mind to be the best you can be and at the end of everything, it will pay off.
12.- Simone, being a model for you has been easy? Were there obstacles? How did you overcome obstacles?
I never thought that I would become a model in my opinion. But I am also not saying that it has been easy for me. It can get tiring somethings and your body will hurt in certain places afterwards too. But I believe that the main obstacles that I have faced has to be photographers asking me for a photoshoot for the wrong reason. If I do not feel comfortable with something that need to learn to respect that and not harassed the week after thinking that I would change m y mind.
There are photographers out there are perves, and to be like that shows that they have zero respect at all when someone tells them no. On top of that, when I am right in the middle of a photoshoot, and the photographer ask to do something different, they would always as if I feel comfortable. I would simply say no. I can easily overcome these obstacles because I know my boundaries and know when to say no.
13.- Have you thought about being an actress? Do you like the entertainment industry?
I have thought of being an actress actually. I was asked to do an audition for Disney Channel but I ended up not going because I did not feel ready. I was prepared to step into that room and say a line to them. I love the entertainment industry, I guess for me being the center of attention has made me feel confidence of what I do.
14.- Worldwide, women have acquired a greater role even though there are societies where they are still abused. What is your opinion of the role of women in the future in these societies?
Throughout history, the central role of women in society has ensured the stability, progress and long-term development of nations. The status of women has been a topic of serious discussion, for many years in the past. It incorporates various burning issues of girl and women education, maternal health, economic empowerment of females, and the role of women in family, community, politics, and more. In previous times, men dominated society while women were secondary to them.
At the family level, women had very little to no opinion, and the men were the sole in-charge of all decisions. A woman was considered a man’s possession. Great heights of academic achievements and formal jobs were for men, while women fulfilled the family responsibilities and bore the burden of house-chores.
A male-controlled and burdened society with an inhumane status system led to the huge suffering of women in various parts of the world. They were (and are being) mistreated inside and outside their homes. In the past four decades, women’s status in western countries has undergone dramatic and amazing changes.
15.- Simone, what is your motivation and what do you feel grateful for every day?
My motivation to keep going are my organizations. I have a non-profit organization called “The Shirley Foundation” which is named after my grandmother who has always taught to gives back to those in need. I also have a project called “Future Leader” which is a project to help children with special needs to land their dream job after gradating from post secondary school.
On top of that I am the Director of External Relations for a Network called “Guyanese Canadian Network.” Getting involved in my community keeps me motivated and busy. I am the type of person that if they stop doing something for one day, I would not go back to it unless I push/motivate myself.
I am a busy person in general and there are time when I want to take a break but when I do, it will take a while to go back to what I was originally doing. I feel grateful for the love and support for my friends and family. Especially my boyfriend who always motivates be everyday to do and be better. He I always giving me these small pep talks that really helps me a lot. I am very thankful and grateful to have him.
16.- Simone Do you like to travel? What countries do you know? What other countries would you like to know and which places do you recommend to visit from Guyana and Canada?
I love to travel even though I do not like flying on a plane. I used to love it when I was smaller but now, I hate it, but it does not stop me from travelling. I have mainly travelled to such as Guyana, Barbados, Cuba, Florida, Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman Island, California and more.
Other countries that I would love to visit would be Bora Bora and Hawaii.
Places in Guyana I would recommend would be Georgetown and Keieteur National Park.
In Canada I would recommend going to downtown and exploring different restaurants and patios.
17.- You and me (Jaime William) are going to play ping pong, I will tell you one word and you will answer with another word that comes to your mind.
– Marriage – Happy
– Childrens – 3
– Love – Endless
– Guyana – Hot
– Canada – Home
– Travel- Love
– Abortion- Negative
– Dance- Fun
– Sing- Loud
– Europe- Far
– America- Mean
– Sport- Tiring
– Money- Want
– Parents- Strict
– Dreams- Wish
– Passion- Heart
– Madness Percentage- Huge
– Character- Personality
Interview conducted by Jaime William Mostacero Baca with Simone Mohabir – Canada
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