Models are unique and fascinating creatures. They are gorgeous enigmas that seem to have it all – great looks, cool style and the ability to travel everywhere in the world. But what about life beyond the runway? What happens after a model takes that final strut down the catwalk? We recently caught up with former Ford model Sheila Rosenblum to find out what happens when the lights fade on the fashion scene and what goes into being a huge success in today’s business world. Check out our exclusive interview below.
What inspires you?
Being a role model to my children and doing the best I can everyday by showing them perseverance, honesty and courage in addition to taking risks and never giving up.
How has your life experiences made you the leader you are today? What does it take to be a success?
Everything I’ve done to this point has shaped whom I am today, starting with ballet and struggling through the bad times while embracing the good throughout my entire journey to date. I try not to take myself too seriously and have a good sense of humor.
How has your previous employment experience aided your position at LADY SHEILA STABLE?
I’ve worked as a professional ballet dancer, model and have always been the CEO of my household before entering the horse world. I learned determination and perseverance at a very early age from being in love with ballet. I went to the School of American Ballet in New York at the age of 13 during the summer, then onto London’s Royal Ballet School at 15. I’ve understood that hard work pays off since I was a teen.
What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace?
We have to work so much harder to prove ourselves to get the same level of respect and same pay as men with the same titles. I know this first hand from working in a male dominated field.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I always make sure my children come first. I’m a hard worker who doesn’t give up but I also find the time to disconnect whether it’s by playing tennis, riding horses or finding time for a girl’s night out. I’ve always enjoyed a challenge and thrive under pressure.
What’s next for you?
I’ve just entered a partnership. I want to bring more and more women into the male dominated world of racing to enjoy the thrill of the competition and the winner’s circle as much as I do.
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