Hey Hearters!

We're SO excited because recently we had the opportunity to chat with a We Heart It power user Claudia Alende. In case you're not already familiar with her Claudia is a model, musician, influencer and business woman to name a few. Lets just say- Claudia represents the modern woman who can succeed in all aspects of life.

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Alende is a Brazilian model, recording artist, influencer, and business woman. She’s been featured in outlets all over the world such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, TMZ and many more.... in 2017 Forbes named her one of the 15 Top Instagram influencers that you should follow.
Claudia Alende
Claudia Alende
@theclaudiaalende  

You’ve grown such a large and engaged following throughout the years! How did you get started in the industry? As a young girl, dId you always imagine yourself being in the spotlight?

It all started in 2014 when I got into a Brazilian beauty contest and garnered international attention. Suddenly I was being invited to TV shows, interviews and being featured in outlets all over the world.
As a young girl I used to do vocal lessons, acting classes, piano, drawing lessons dance classes… I was always involved with art and creativity as a kid, my passion was singing. People were always encouraging me to pursue a career in modeling and as a singer, it crossed my mind many times but my dad (he’s a doctor) wanted me to assume his place in the clinics, so I was divided by the two worlds.

Being a model, business woman, actress and musician you definitely have a lot on your plate. How do you manage it all?

I consider myself a business woman most of all, its just who I am- an entrepreneur and it's natural to me. Singing is my passion since I was a kid, and model was just something that came from the exposure and recognition over the years. But modeling, the business world, acting and music are all connected in some way. I have a checklist with things I need to do and set up a strategy list with small steps to keep everything in check.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now. 10? 20?

Successful in my business and less worried! Hahaha

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You have a lot of eyes on you at all times. What’s something (an interest, hobby, talent etc) that people may not expect about you

Im such a nerd, like really, I like to read about everything, stocks, economy, astronomy, politics, business… I'm just obsessed with learning. And I have almost perfect recall of everything I read.

Where do you go or what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated or inspired? Please give us some tips on getting out of the funk!

I try to focus on what I achieved, things I've gone through, I look back on my path, I don't know it just helps me a lot to get my strength back. (“Claudia look at all things you gone through, you can do this!”)

As you reflect on your young career what’s a standout moment that’s either taught you a lesson, helped you grow or just brought you the most happiness.

When I moved to Sao Paulo, and got into the industry, i didn’t have support of my parents, cause my mom is a lawyer and my dad is a doctor didn’t want a daughter in this entertainment world, so I felt alone, I felt pressure, I felt hopeless many times, and for me was the most important time of my life, it was the struggle that made me strong, independent, I was “reborn” from all that. I became me.

You’ve been an active member on We Heart It for many years now. We’d love to know why you love the platform and how its impacted your life/business over the years.

I love the platform, I’ve been using for so many years, at first it was just a way to find and explore new content and ideas, but then I realized it could be another social media where I could reach and connect with more people, and for my business that's important.

Being a young female entrepreneur with a large platform, you serve as a great role model to many. Is there any last piece of advice you’d like to leave our readers with today?

Believe in you, but for real, you can do whatever you want to do, don’t let anyone tell you the opposite. When you start to listen to others opinions you just go backwards, if your belief in you is strong enough you will get there.

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