2021 Bold Beautiful Perfect: Fadra
“See your flaws and give love to them. See your trauma and give kindness to it. See your anxiety, depression, stress, and be sweet and understanding to it. That is how you achieve inner beauty.”
Tell us about yourself, Fadra!
I’m a 50 year old mother of five; I have three children of my own and two step-children. I consider myself a “boss” as a mom and a wife. I love my new career path as a Realtor. It really has awakened all my senses as I’m a people person by nature. I have so much to be grateful for! I’ve been through every struggle you can imagine, but my whole family is always there to support me. Although I have my own faults, my four grandbabies give me motivation to be the best version of myself. In honor of my Grandmother Rita Cardenal and my Nanny Gina Daigle, I will always keep the traditions going.
How did you come to understand your inner beauty?
I came to understand my inner beauty by seeing it through my soul mate’s eyes. He accepts me with all the kindness, passion, and genuine love from a partner anyone can ask for. He has showed me that even the crazy ones have hope. He has taught me so much about myself and others.
I have accepted myself and now I feel invincible in my career and marriage. I believe the most beautiful things cannot be touched; they are truly felt in the heart.
What parts of your story can you share to help women to understand their own beauty?
After many failed ventures, I have a purpose now. It is to inspire my daughters to overcome their fears and to never let negativity take over. It can be so hard sometimes and you just want to give up, but there is always something to fight for. I am mostly hard on my children because I want to see them succeed, to not make the mistakes I have, and to be the best versions of themselves. Every one of my children have gone through their own individual struggle, but I try my best to be understanding and see through their eyes. Having a purpose and a new goal every time I achieve one has given my life meaning.
Understanding your own inner beauty is the difficult, but it’s seen in how you treat yourself and the people around you. See your flaws and give love to them. See your trauma and give kindness to it. See your anxiety, depression, stress, and be sweet and understanding to it. That is how you achieve inner beauty.
Tell us about your experience with the photo shoot.
I felt super secure with my bold personality, yet I felt super sexy at the same time. I had planned to use the photos for my real estate marketing, but then Brandi asked me something that I never expected — to “take my pants off!” My daughter, who was with me, encouraged me to do it also. This experience helped me to see just how beautiful I am to other people. I still have some insecurities, but I was brave enough to show myself off, and I am proud!
It’s a milestone for me turning 50 this year and having achieved so much in my life. I am very grateful to be nominated for the Bold Beautiful Perfect project, to be able to represent all amazing women, and discuss the struggle it is to be a beautiful human on the inside and out.
Anything else you would like to share?
Beauty is simplicity, elegance, and a smile.
You are more beautiful than you know!
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