Gwennaelle Madiba Moubouyi Boyer (Gwen Madiba) is a designer, model, entrepreneur, and an inspiring femme. She is an advocate for women, children, and human rights, and is gracefully the Ambassador of the Nelson Mandela Legacy in Canada. In 2009 she co-founded I ACT, a Youth Empowerment Network. Gwen was included in the Women’s Executive Network list of 2010 Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada as well as awarded as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders” by Canada’s Revenue Agency. She channels her creative side by being the founder of Dare by Gwen Madiba, which debuted during Montreal Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 and Ottawa Fashion Week’s runway. Gwen is always working on new projects, one being a film project in the new future. With her glowing smile and many roles, she really is an inspiring femme.
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You are a woman of so many roles, how would you describe yourself and your roles?
“I am a dreamer. I am a woman who hopes to inspire other people wherever I have the blessing to be in every single one of the roles that I take on, whether it’s designing, working with various communities, acting or simply spending quality time with my family and close friends.”
Describe a typical day in the life of Gwen.
“I always start my day by thanking God for allowing me to see another day and give me another chance to wake up and achieve another goal. I believe that it’s important to appreciate our blessings and to wake up every morning being thankful for the gift of life. Then I get ready, go to work and try to get as many things as possible done.”
You’ve been a recipient of so many honourable awards and roles, what is your proudest accomplishment?
“My proudest accomplishment is to be able to make my mother and my family proud and believe in my projects. At the beginning it was a bit hard to convince them but I never gave up. Today I am proud to say that they are all accompanying me every step of the way.”
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“There are two advices that I would like to share: “Keep going no matter what happens; just do it.”
I realized at a very early age that life is a long road; one that you cannot walk through without having people pointing fingers at you. You have to understand that most of them it’s not worth stopping, you simply have to keep going no matter what. Keep your eyes on the prize, stay true to yourself, to your values and always give back.
Know how make the difference between two kinds of advice:
People will always have an opinion on what you do and who you are. Most of the time what people say about you is none of your business. Know how to distinguish:
1. The advice that is given to you to help you grow: Where the focus is on the message. It comes from the heart, from a place of growth and truth. It is there to help you better yourself.
2. The advice that is given to you to crush your soul: where the focus is on the person giving the advice and their intention. Look at the person who is giving you the advice. What is their intention?
Maya Angelou for all the lessons that she has thought us. She was such a brilliant, humble human being.
What does being an “inspiring woman” mean to you?
An inspiring woman is a woman who embraces herself, her flaws and her strengths. She’s a teacher, a dreamer, an achiever. An inspiring woman is one who is able to lead and allow others to lead her; one who understands that each one has the ability to teach one. She has overcome hardships and is still able to stand tall and walk gracefully through life with her head up.
What’s one thing you absolutely can’t leave the house without?
A clear mind and my cell phone. I have to have my phone on me all the time because it’s the way that my family, friends and clients communicate with me.
What’s one advice you’d give to women aspiring to do what you do?
Believe in yourself, have faith and just do it! There will be bumps on the road but we must always keep going. Quitting should never become an option.
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