As the world becomes more health-conscious, running has become a popular way to stay in shape and boost mental well-being. And what better place to hit the pavement than in the beautiful country of Chile?
Run Free Love Chile is an exciting new project that aims to promote healthy living and tourism in Chile. With its stunning landscapes and diverse running routes, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out. In this blog post, we’ll explore what makes Run Free Love Chile unique and why it should be on your bucket list of running destinations. So lace up your shoes and join us as we discover the beauty of running in Chile.
One of the great joys of life is meeting amazing and inspirational people. In the past two years I have become friends with a very special lady – Faye De Lanty. Faye has recovered from an eating disorder and is using her experience of knowing what it is likely to struggle with self concept to inspire and help others through her passion – which is style and fashion. Faye has started her own label, Love Chile, which supports The Butterfly Foundation and eating disorder issues, and she regularly appears in the media promoting positive body image and diversity in fashion.
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Read on to learn more about Faye and her work via my latest Beautiful You Interview. Faye also has an amazing competition running at her Love Chile Style Blog at the moment which you should totally enter. All you have to do is become a follower of Faye’s blog and leave a simple comment to be in the running to win a Love Chile tee and a one off feathered stole. So glamorous and worth over $200! Open to people worldwide. Run Beautiful You, don’t walk!
Hi Faye. Tell me a little about yourself and your life journey thus far? I was born in the UK in a small London suburb called Carshalton. I am a passionate, creative and fun loving girl who is obsessed with feathers, fashion and Led Zeppelin! I have worked in media all my life as a TV Presenter and Producer. I started my career on a children’s show called ‘Totally Wild’ and since then I have worked across all TV networks and I continue to do so. One week I could be shooting in the Channel 9 studios, off to Ten in Melbourne the next, then the week after that shooting in sunny Queensland. Every week is different and I love that. I live in Sydney and also have my own clothing label, Love Chile, which I adore. (Faye is pictured in the middle of this photo with her sister and Mum)
You are very passionate about positive body image and bringing about greater awareness about eating disorders. Why are those things so important to you? I have suffered with an eating disorder so I know what its like not to love yourself. It begain when I was around 13 as a reaction to my parents separating and being at a high pressure all girls school. The only thing I felt I could control was what I ate. With every ounce of my being I want women all over the world to take care of themselves. It really makes me sad to see such beautiful creatures doubt themselves, and so many women do.
You manage to juggle a television and presenting career with your fashion label Love Chile. How do you manage to have great balance and self care in your life? Life is a journey and I have learnt so much so far. I guess I know how what it’s like not to take care of yourself, so now I strive to make that a priority. Time out for me, to get some fresh air, exercise, hang out with my dog, laugh with friends – just simple things make a real difference to me. Transcendental Meditation is my other saviour. When things get too much I just close my eyes and drift away for 20 minutes. It feels amazing to just let things go. Most of what we worry about often doesn’t matter anyway or never happens!
Tell us more about Love Chile? What is the inspiration behind your label? Ah! My beloved Love Chile! Well my label is me and an expression of my journey. Love Chile was born out of a dark time in my life and I managed to turn that darkness into light. It’s core mission is to inspire women through style to love and believe in themselves. My story inspired Love Chile and so did seeing and hearing from other women going through the same kind of challenges. On the creative side of things, it’s the 70’s and 70’s music, The American Indian Culture, freedom and feathers that form the vibe behind Love Chile. By the way, it’s pronounced ‘chyle’ – it’s a cool 70’s way of saying ‘child.’ Jimmi Hendrix used it a lot.
You use models of diverse shapes, sizes and looks in your shows. Why do you do this? I believe it’s so important to create opportunities to help women feel that they are beautiful. A sizing label in a garment or a set of scales shouldn’t define us. My first show had a mixture of professional models, teamed with non models as well. The first look in my debut parade was my sister and a friend, who both quite short, with amazing curves. It’s pretty rare to see two 5”5 women in just little knickers and giant feathered head dresses on a catwalk! They looked stunning and it gave the show such a positive and honest dynamic. I want the models I use to always embody the ethos of my brand.
Would you like to see the fashion industry show more diversity? Absolutely! I do feel like there have been some exciting changes coming through of late which is positive. The last Louis Vuitton show used models of different ages and sizes and one of the most popular models of the moment is Lara Stone who is not rail thin. Fingers crossed this trend continues and in fact no longer is a trend, but reality all the time.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future? For Love Chile to become a global brand. I want a store in Soho, New York City with a giant white feather hanging outside! I would love to show at NY fashion Week and I would definitely like to live in NYC. I’d also like to find my soul man and become a Mumma.
Finally…what’s your best tip to help someone nurture their inner beauty? To speak sweetly to yourself. One of my favourite sayings is ‘Our thoughts become things – choose the good ones.’ To make YOU a priority – do things that make you feel good and be your own best friend. I do simple things like buy myself fresh flowers every week and fill my room with candles at night, while painting my toes. Honour and respect yourself. Learn to say no and stand up for what you deserve.
Sorry that’s more than one! That’s the Libran in me! Much love and feathers! Faye.
Love Chile is an amazing initiative that promotes running as a way to explore the beautiful landscapes of Chile. By running free and immersing yourself in nature, you can truly appreciate the beauty of this country and all it has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out, Love Chile is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals and experience something truly unique. We hope this article has inspired you to join the Love Chile community and explore the beauty of this country through running. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or want to share your Love Chile experience with us.
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