9to9 Girls: meet Noemi
9to9 Girls is a collection of interviews with strong and creative women who have all, in their own rights and on their own terms defined what a successful life is to them.
Where can we find you on Instagram?
What is the thing you love most about yourself?
Truth to be told, I have no idea. I'd say maybe my ability to push myself as hard as I can to get what I want in life.
What holds you back in life?
The fear of failing. Which... when you really think about it is an odd fear. I've always been afraid of not succeeding at anything that would matter to me: school, career, relationships, you name it. But each time I did fail it never felt like it. Every single time my defeats taught me something greater about myself. It's a work in progress but "FAILING IS NEVER A FAILURE".
What advice would you give your 23 year old self?
Considering I'm only 22, I'm gonna give an advice to my 32 year old self: "Don't become a bitter bitch, it's waaay too easy".
`My life is successful because...´
I have Faith. Whether it's about my trust in God or believing in myself; or achieving my goals, Faith is the most important aspect of life to me. It helps me seeing life through a more positive lens; it helps me being more confident and knowing that everything will eventually comes around. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
What is always in your bag from 9 to 9?
Too many heavy things for sure! When Evodie and I created 9to9daily, we wanted content matching our lifestyle. I'm a pretty organized person, and don't like wasting time vainly, so I always think ahead about what I might need from 9am to 9pm and later. I basically have a 9 to 9 bag (check here to read my story #whatsinyourbag).
But to be exhaustive my bag contains: my phone obvs(!), even though it wouldn't hurt leaving it at home from time to time; my wallet or just a credit card when I feel like taking a smaller bag (not thaaat often). My rescue pouch filled with varied lipsticks to match my mood, a pocket mirror, a mascara, an hair comb, some band aids, favourite hand cream, my headphones and chewing-gums. I usually have perfume with me. I have stuck with For Her from Narcisco Rodriguez for years now, and got recently the red edition which smells amazing. I also like the Mini Body Mist from & Other Stories. They are very fresh for the summer. I also carry another pouch with toothbrush and paste for after meals. Plus another pouch (I AM pouch crazy) for fresh clothes in case I want to change after work.
What did you dream to become growing up?
At age 10, I wanted to become a superstar singer (I haven't given up that dream yet...) and at 14 I wanted to work in fashion which is what I do now as product manager/fashion merchandiser. I have always loved fashion, it's part of who I am. I legitimately starting choosing my own clothes since I was 6 years old, my mum just gave up.
What is women empowerment to you?
To me, the danger is to fall into the cliché of the "I can build my IKEA shelves by my own duh". That isn´t empowerment. We need a much deeper definition: stop hiding behind excuses that prevent you from being who you want to be, and do what you want to do. I am a woman, fact. But there's nothing that'll stop me achieving every single thing I have set my mind to do, for the fact that I am (indeed) a woman. From lifting heavy load stuffs, peeing in the street or becoming a super badass CEO, I'm going to succeed because I'm only as good as I WANT to be.
One woman who has marked your life and why?
My maternal grand-mother. She was born and raised in North Africa and moved back to live in France at 10 years old. At 18- alone- she left everything she knew; her family and now home country with her wedding gown under her arm, a small suitcase to join my grand-father who was living in Gabon, Africa. I've always been impressed by this story because it was the 50's and women just didn't leave their families behind nor travelled alone, and even less so to Africa. She dared to live a bigger life. It must have taken great courage. They lived in Gabon until 1988, where my uncles and mother grew up (and met my dad!). She never regretted her decisions. And it changed our family forever.
How do you create your personal chamber?
Clean, clean clean... I am a bit OCD so I need a clean space to be clear-minded. I need lots of whites that I twist with bright colours for visual vitamin C! It helps me being in a good mood especially during winter. When I'm alone I like peaceful silence, no music, no nothing. Paris is so loud that you tend to appreciate quietness. But just as Cecilia, my favourite "me time" is under a very-too-hot shower. It's the place I feel the most relaxed.
What is your self-care routine?
I really like taking care of my skin. Every morning and night I clean my face and hydrate (sorry I just cannot use the word mois-tu-rizzze). I try to use organic beauty products as much as possible. For example, as a serum I would use organic aloe vera gel. I use organic coconut oil as my make-up remover, and a perfumed coconut oil for body lotion. I also use dry coconut oil on my hair as a daily treatment. When need be, I use tea-tree essential oil on the occasional spots (life saver!). A recent habit of mine is pampering my nails. It relaxes me. I use castor oil plant, it strengthen nails. I also like to walk as much as possible, but I'm not one for an athlete, far from it. I don't exercise at all, I'm very bad at it. The métro is my gym. I try to drink as much water as possible but I'm far from drinking my 1,5L (who's able??).
What is on your bucket list? Name 2 items
I don't do bucket lists, but I'm a pro at reverse bucket list ! Everyday I do something I don't want to do, or I´m scared of doing. It's a daily challenge with myself that I like and always feel good for it. So for example today I'll have to look for a place to start boxing in the fall.
One step at the time !
Interview by EF.