9to9 Girls: meet Cecilia

9to9 Girls is a new section and short portraits of strong and creative women who have all, in their own rights and on their own terms defined what a successful life was to them.

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I am so unbelievably excited and proud to introduce my friend Cecilia to you as our very first 9to9 Girl! You might remember her from her beauty advices here. Cecilia was born and raised in Milan and moved to Switzerland with her family, where she finished her masters in marketing and communications and now works. I met C. through a mutual friend and fell in love with her intelligence, her fun comforting presence and was swept away (sometimes challenged) with the way she unapologetically stands for her truth and convictions. For the way she calls you out on your bs. With C. we share mutual passions: for business and creativity, for feminism and women empowerment, for love and fashion, for travel.

Cecilia is a powerhouse in a short woman´s body, a dear friend and a constant source of inspiration to me when things get tough.

Thank you for doing this C.

Where can we find you on Instagram?

@c.pvs

What is the thing you love most about yourself? 

The thing I love most about myself is that I am very self-aware. This is something I worked to achieve for a long time, and that will always be a work in progress. But it’s worth it. It helps me understand who I am, what I want, what makes me happy, what really matters to me and what doesn’t. It’s how I set goals for myself and it’s what makes me proud of who I am at the end of the day.

What holds you back in life? 

Procrastination. When it comes to things that I don’t like doing, or difficult decisions to make, I sometimes tend to postpone them. Which is silly, considering the amount off stress that this adds to my everyday life. Do you think that I ever forget about the fact that I STILL haven’t payed that bill or sent that email? Talk about “work in progress”...

What advice would you give your 23 year old self? 

Always have goals and enjoy every minute life gives you. 

´My life is successful because...´

I am doing what I love, I am where I want to be and I have plenty of opportunities ahead of me.

What is always in your bag, from 9 to 9? 

My iPhone, credit cards, keys, headphones and a little Comme des Garçons x Monocle leather pouch with mini versions of beauty essentials (mascara, chapstick, gloss, hand cream, concealer).

What did you dream to become growing up? 

At the age of 11 I was convinced I was going to become a paleontologist. Yep, I was a regular in the dinosaur section at the museum of Natural History and Jurassic Park is in the top 3 of my favourite movies to this day (nerd alert!).

What is women empowerment to you? 

It’s all about choice. I am a very strong supporter of gender equality, and that to me means that women (as well as men) should be free to choose what to do with their lives and with their bodies. 

3 women who have marked your life and why?

My mother is my all time number 1. She’s the reason why whenever I hear someone saying that women can’t have it all, I don’t believe them. Amazing career, fantastic mother of three and wife, loving daughter, activist. She’s only 1.53cm tall, but I constantly feel, in the words of Bernard of Chartres, like I’m a dwarf sitting on the shoulders of a giant.

Also, I have had a couple of female bosses throughout my career, and I think all of them had an impact on me in different ways. I am still quite junior professionally speaking, so I look up at my managers (men and women) as role models, and I also learn from their mistakes. I know, this is more a category rather than a person, let’s make an exception, ok?

Since we’re making exceptions, the third one is also a category: my best friends. They are all completely different from one another, and all great people in their own way. I definitely admire them and always try to learn from them. They are all spread around the world, but nevertheless I know I can always count on them.

How do you create your personal chamber? 

Believe it or not, my own personal chamber is my shower/tub. I can get some alone time, relax, unwind, but also reflect and think about the future. I have had some pretty great ideas in there! All while getting nice and clean. Pretty efficient, right?

What is your self-care routine? 

“We are or own worst critic”. In my case, this is very, very true. So, I try to make it a habit to remember not to be too hard on myself and to be proud everything I have achieved and deserved until now. Also, mani-pedi. If my nails are done (and I am a pro at doing it myself too!), that’s when I truly feel put-together!

Interview by EF.