How have your two children inspired you in your career, as a model, an actress, and a designer?
The best gift I ever received are my two little angels Anja and Noah. They complete me and inspire me to be my best self. Seeing their faces in the morning makes me feel strong and inspired to conquer anything that life brings my way.
You have a lot to balance between your busy career, flourishing swimwear line, and family life. How do you carve out some “me” time in your day? How do you spend that time?
I think when there is will there is a way, all it takes is some good planning. I think it is important to carve out some alone time even if it is 15 -30 minutes a day. I like to take a moment in the morning and meditate as it is a perfect way to start the day.
What is your daily exercise regimen? Please share a few tips of how you got back into shape after pregnancy...
I like to mix it up between pilates, yoga and aerobics. I also like to be outdoors and play beach volleyball or go on a hike when the weather is nice.
What is your daily beauty regimen? Do you have any glowy secret skin products you use regularly?
I like to let my skin breath when I am not working so my beauty regimen is very simple. I usually wash my face, use some vitamin C serum, eye cream and tinted moisturizer with sun block. One thing that I use daily is Marajo Haircare as it is so important to have healthy, shiny hair to go with glowing skin.
How did you go about launching your swimwear collection, Ale by Alessandra? What was your source of inspiration? What tips would you give to other mothers who want to start a business?
I get inspired by my travels, people around me and nature. Since I was little, I loved designing clothing for dolls and have always dreamt of creating my own collection. Through modeling and spending a lot of time on the beach, I learned what I do and what I do not like in a swimsuit so I decided to create my collection to share that knowledge. I think when starting your own business it is very important to be persistent and make sure that you love what you do. There are always going to be good and bad days, but when you are passionate about what you do it makes it all worth it.
What are your favorite family weekend activities in L.A.?
We love to spend time outside either biking on the beach, hiking or having people over for a barbecue.
You travel often, do you have a favorite family vacation destination ?
I love to go anywhere in Brazil since it is convenient for my family. Every year we also pick a fun exotic destination where we haven’t been because I like to expose my children to different cultures, foods and traditions.
Where do you like to shop for your kids in L.A.?
I live near Brentwood Country Mart and I love to go there with the kids. They have amazing restaurants and stores that sell the most adorable children’s clothes and toys.
What values do you hope to instill in your children?
I want to make sure that they are responsible caring human beings that take care of people around them as well as Mother Earth.