Interview Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova
Miss Universe Natalie Glebova shares her secrets to staying healthy and fit.
In 2007, Natalie Glebova published her first book Healthy Happy Beautiful which became a major bestseller and she also became a brand ambassador for Better Vision (the eyewear company in Thailand).
In 2008, Glebova started a new charity organization called Party 4 Charity. Glebova also serves as an ambassador for Soi Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization aiding homeless street animals in Thailand.
She is a classical pianist and also has won various gymnastic championships.
Prior to becoming Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova worked completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology Management and Marketing at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has also worked as a motivational speaker. Natalie currently resides in Thailand and is married to Thai tennis player Paradorn Srichaphan.
(1Q)How would you describe yourself as a person and what are your hobbies?
I am active, optimistic and spiritual. My hobbies are practicing yoga, playing the piano, taking care of my two cats, reading about nutrition, and going to the gym.
(2Q)When did you thought of preparing for Miss universe pageant and any difficulties you face?
I first thought about entering the Miss Universe pageant when I was 21 years old and living in Toronto. I was a student in my last year of university. The difficulty that I faced was the fact that a lot of people around me didn’t believe I could win the Miss Canada pageant as I was an immigrant.
They thought that an immigrant (with an accent and a Russian last name) would never be able to win such a title. Despite that, I believed that it didn’t matter where I came from, and thought of myself as a true Canadian who can represent my country at Miss Universe. So I went ahead and entered the pageant and to a lot of people’s surprise, won!
(3Q)Tell us about your published book Healthy Happy Beautiful and how people can get benefit by reading it.
I wrote my book Healthy Happy Beautiful right after I passed on my title as Miss Universe and moved to Thailand.
The book was inspired by my journey to the crown and the year of experiences that I had traveled the world, trying to stay in shape, and dealing with stress. During my reign as Miss Universe, I’ve learned a lot about being healthy from personal trainers, nutritionists, and health gurus, so I wanted to share all I’ve learned with my fans and people who are interested in health and wellness.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” https://t.co/5fyxRDhGZW
— Natalie Glebova (@NatGlebova) January 27, 2016
(4Q)What are your future plans?
I am an aspiring TV show producer and business woman. My dream is to develop my own brand of skin care products, TV shows, books, and other products related to health, beauty and well-being.
(5Q)Did you ever felt discouraged in life and if yes, what thoughts made you recover?
When I entered my first pageant for Miss Canada, I came in third place. I was very disappointed and discouraged but decided to enter again the following year. It was a tough decision especially since I had negative feedback from some people around me, saying I didn’t win because I am an immigrant and not Canadian-born. What made me recover and gain back the confidence to try again, was positive thinking, and knowing that you can achieve anything you want in life if you believe in yourself and work hard.
(6Q) Your secret of staying in top shape?
I try to follow a balanced lifestyle. I rarely deny myself anything I crave and believe in listening to what my body is telling me. I exercise a lot and for that, I allow myself to eat well. But in times when I don’t have time to exercise, I watch what I eat. There really is no secret to staying in top shape. If you burn off what you eat, you’ll never gain weight.
(7Q) Your normal diet (eg. generally what do you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner).
I’m a pescatarian, so I don’t eat meat (only seafood). I love eating a lot of nuts, grains, fruits and vegetables, and soy products. For breakfast, I usually have healthy bran or whole grain cereal with soy milk, or buckwheat porridge, or I make my own bircher muesli with yogurt. For lunch, I enjoy a cheese sandwich on a whole grain bread or a salad of organic vegetables. And for dinner I usually go out to eat, so I get anything that has no meat, or just grilled fish with vegetables and brown rice.
(8Q) Your workout routine.
I don’t have a routine, as I get bored easily. So I try to always do different things. One day I’ll do yoga, next day I will play badminton, another day I will take a dance class, some days I rollerblade or swim. I even go wake boarding from time to time. And sometimes I just go to the gym and do the typical cardio/weight-lifting session.
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— Natalie Glebova (@NatGlebova) November 25, 2017
(9Q)How have you motivated yourself so long to eat healthy in daily life?
What motivates me to eat well is the feeling I have when I’m healthy and at my ideal weight. I feel light, energetic, and motivated in other aspects of my life like work and social. I do like to indulge once in a while on sweets as I love it so much, so I try to have 90% of my time eating well, and 10% eating anything I want as much of it as I want.
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In 2012, Natalie Glebova and a French company Bel Perfumes based in Thailand released Natalie’s perfume Beauty Icon and later in 2015 she also became an Ambassador for Year of the Gibbon for the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group to raise awareness for gibbon conservation.