Beauty pageant finalist inspires

2017-11-21 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedTrisha Poona (right) has teamed up with Iman Sheik to empower women and young girls.

PHOTO: suppliedTrisha Poona (right) has teamed up with Iman Sheik to empower women and young girls.

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DURBAN wife, mother and businesswoman, Trisha Poona, who represented South Africa at the Mrs Universe pageant at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre on September 2, fulfilled her dream of “helping women be the best version of themselves”.

Poona (37), a fitness and image consultant, is determined to educate, inspire and bolster the confidence of teenagers, young women and older individuals so they can live a life of purpose and passion without prejudice.

She has teamed up with model and 2015 Miss South Africa finalist, Iman Sheik, to launch Flourish Image, a women empowerment initiative directed at girls at various stages of womanhood. Combining their expertise in lifestyle and image consulting, Poona and Sheik are working to remodel self-esteems to help each woman and/or teenager identify their purpose so they can craft a future based on confidence and “being comfortable in their own skin”.

“Before I started Flourish Image, I was a fitness trainer at a gym in Umhlanga where I trained men and women and be part of their incredible journey to weight loss and fitness.

“Their changes were not just physical, but emotional and social. The sense of self-confidence and self-esteem they derived from the journey was incredible to see.

“Being part of their personal triumph together with the women empowerment ethos of Mrs South Africa and Mrs Universe helped me realise my passion for utilising my skills to effect positive, impactful change in our women and girls.”

Using her skills as a coach and an accredited image consultant, Poona has helped mould many young women into self-assured, secure individuals.

“Iman and I started our journeys alone with no guidance, trial-and-error and barely any faith in ourselves. Until one day someone saw an opportunity in us,” says Poona.

“Today, we are empowered women living our passion. We have turned this passion into years of knowledge and share this knowledge with girls and women. We want to be their opportunity.”

Sheik, shares this sentiment: “Being young, I too have gone through challenges that many young South Africans face.”

“Joining Trisha on this journey to inspire young women is a privilege I am grateful for as I now have the opportunity to live out my purpose - to be the millennial that South African girls can identify with.”

They cover everything from developing a healthy body image to skin care, establishing a balanced lifestyle and eating plan to how to take a perfect selfie.

“When you have a date with destiny – be it a job interview, a make-or-break presentation or a meeting with potential influencers – you need confidence and self-belief,” added Poona.

“It takes just 30 seconds to make an impression so the way you present and carry yourself is relevant for every woman. I just want to give young women­ a head-start.” - Supplied.


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