It is a well known fact that confidence is something that many people of all ages struggle with. So what is the secret or is there really one? We asked Scherri-Lee Biggs, Channel 9 Weather Presenter, model and Miss Universe 2011 her secret to confidence. Continue reading below to find out what she has to say, but first a little bit about Scherri-Lee Biggs!
As you already know Scherri-Lee Biggs is a "TV presenter, model, charity ambassador and former Miss Universe Australia.
Since she began modelling at the age of 16, Scherri-Lee has represented dozens of high profile brands such as Calvin Klein, Nike, Aurelio Costarella, David Jones and Myer. Scherri-Lee was also appeared as the face of numerous brands including Maurice Mead and Flower Clothing. She was also the cover girl for Box Magazine and was painted by renowned artist David Bromley.
Scherri-Lee's relaxed and friendly style is a nod to her childhood growing up on the beaches of Perth. In 2014, Scherri-Lee returned to her hometown where she has been appointed the prestigious role of Channel 9's nightly news weather presenter.
Her energetic and infectious personality has made Scherri-Lee a breath of fresh air across the Australian media landscape and a joy to work with.
What Scherri-Lee Biggs has to say....
When the Swank and Roche team asked me what my secret to confidence was.
I thought it would have been an easy enough question to answer, but when I actually sat down to write. I was stumped. What was the secret? I’m a confident person, but there have been times in my life where I haven’t felt very confident at all… Why was that? What was missing at that point?...
Then it dawned on me. There was no secret… no one thing… It’s a constant process. As I looked back on those ‘less confident’ times, I examined what the root cause was, and it seemed the things that troubled me most, tend to trouble many women. The first of those being body image, and the other that big looming self-doubt.
I’ll start with body confidence. Since I can remember I’ve worked or played in industries that are very body focused. I started with dancing from a young age and progressed into modeling in my late teens, by 20 I was involved in Miss Universe, and from there I’ve finally landed in TV.
While most of the time my confidence in my physical self remains fairly un-rocked, I’ve had times where I didn’t feel
comfortable and it was horrible. I felt like I’d turned on myself and completely disconnected from being a whole
person. As I’ve matured I’ve found several things that help me and I urge all women to try them…
Do things to reconnect to yourself.
I lead a very busy life but I always make sure that I tick a few things off my list during my day or week.
Yoga and Pilates make up a good part of my exercise routine. Other than the physical benefits – It makes me feel more connected to myself as a whole. Body and mind… as cheesy as that sounds.
When I’m frustrated it’s time to get out of my head and hit the pavement or box the hell out of a bag at the gym.
It’s all about looking after yourself and growing that respect between you and your body. Another way is to make sure you’re getting enough nutrient rich fodder. I haven’t always
been great at this – as I’ve always moved around a lot, but I’m slowly piecing together what works for my schedule. I just feel so much better when I’m getting a vast range of good foods. When I know I’m going to be really busy. I like to pre-order my weeks meals from a vendor like Kale & Co. So I know I’ll be on top of my game.
The final way I like to reconnect is just some simple girly maintenance. On the weekend I like to take the time to scrub my skin, pop a facemask on and do my nails. Maybe it’s the act of taking pride in yourself, but to me it feels like a bit of self-love.
Take the focus off.
I remember during my time modeling overseas – I just became so incredibly sick of thinking about myself! I didn’t want to think about what my hair, skin, face,
thighs… WHATEVER… was doing! So I came back home and focused on just Uni. It was great! Soon I missed the modelling and incorporated it back into my life and went on to do the rest, but now I make sure I take the focus off… I’m involved in charity work, I learn about new topics, use my artistic side and paint. It helps me keep
Now this is a tricky one. It seems like the simplest thing to do, to just believe in your abilities. But when you don’t, it can be the biggest hindrance to success…
Get ballsy - Take a chance.
Sometimes if I feel I really want to do something and I start hearing those little voices of self-doubt putting unnecessary negativity in my mind. I say yes before I
can say no - and take a chance on myself. I’ve had some epic fails – but I don’t ever look back and regret the decision to take a chance on whatever it was. They had
lessons to be learnt.
Most of the time I came out on top and wondered what was so scary in the first place ☺
There is nothing I appreciate more than someone with a great deal of knowledge. Sometimes I get teased for having these useless facts about everything. I love learning and for me it's such an important process in growing your confidence. I work in a Newsroom with some great minds and if I ever have trouble understanding the topic, I don’t shrink away and get embarrassed… I get excited! Its an opportunity for me to gain something and grown within myself.
Recently my co-worker Emmy Kubainski (hilarious girl) put me onto podcasts. Now I go for a ride down the coast on my bike. Pick a topic and just open a whole new wealth of knowledge.
It’s also great fun to surprise people who have pre-assumptions about the level of my intelligence, based on my working history and hair colour. I’m always very polite though :P
Farewell my loves.
It’s a grand assumption to think that the things that have tainted my self confidence in the past effects many women out there… But I’m just going off all the gorgeous women that surround me.
If you do draw some sort of correlation, I hope that these things I’ve discovered along the way, help you in just the same way.
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