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In this episode, you will learn 10 FACTS about Nadi and what she thinks about perfect body image, positive changes and challenges of 45+ women, what is it for her to feel good and look beautiful, and what advice she would give younger women and 30-year-old self!
You can READ the interview transcript HERE
10 Facts About Nadi
(at the time of the project)
1. 45 years old.
2. Nadi was born in Russia, Moscow
3. Nadi and her family have been living in Australia, Sydney since 2017.
4. Before she was living in the Netherlands, Amsterdam for six years.
5. Nadi is a mother of two children. Her son is 11 and her daughter is 8.
6. Nadi graduated from a Technical University of communication informatics and was doing management and technical support for mobile roaming customers in a company like Vodafone for a long time.
7. Now Nadi is a photographer focusing on family documentary photography and taking pictures about the real life of a family.
8. Nadi is in love with the surfing culture here in Australia and started surfing at the age of 43.
9. The biggest challenge at this age – “The biggest challenge will come in the future, like menopause.”
10. Positive change with age – “I believe I learned to love myself. I stopped complaining, comparing and blaming people around and me as well. I took responsibility for my own happiness. I learned to listen to my inner voice.”
Watch Nadi’s VIDEO interview HERE
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To give advice to me at that age is useless. Yeah, because my ego prevented me from learning from others.
This is the 45 or 45 chapter where we celebrate rule breakers and role models, the women who inspire us to live life our way and to show that sensuality, beauty, soul and true essence. Here we talk about what it's like to be 45 Plus, adjusting to the changes that come with time, and will listen to the stories of our participants. If you have an interesting story to share, we would love you to participate, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website, www. aleksandrawalker.com
Hello, everyone, and welcome to my body My Story project and today with us in the studio Nadi. And while is Chitra doing makeup and hair for her, I'll be asking her a few questions. Hi, Nadi, welcome to the studio. Welcome to the project. Let's start and tell us a bit about yourself.
To begin with, Thanks heaps for having me here. I'm so pleased to participate in this project.
Yes, I am Nadi. I was born in Russia, Moscow. My family has been living in Australia, Sydney since 2017. Before I was living in the Netherlands, Amsterdam for six years.
Wow. What a lovely place to be.
Yeah, actually, yes. I'm a mother and have two children's. My son is 11. And my daughter is eight
Nice age. And how old are you?
I'm 45. It's turned in March. In the middle of March. I have graduated from Moscow Technical University of communication informatics. And actually, I was doing management or technical support for mobile roaming customers in the company like Vodafone for quite a long time.
So it's the telephone communication company.
Yeah, called Beeline. Yeah, beeline for several, someone will remember from that part of the world. But, it’s international company now. They have lots of countries. So for I'm a photographer as well. For the last 10 years after my first moving, I've been doing photography in different styles, but recently focusing on documentary style..
Whom do you photograph?
Yeah, I'm doing family documentary photography. I'm taking pictures about real life. Like they in a routine, playing with people without playing with children without pausing without making something special just to memorise your
like a reportage style. And if someone wants to find you where they can find you, what's your website,
my website it's https://nadibrid.photo/ I've worked for myself and I'm looking for something different interesting to study for a living in the future because you know after two years of COVID I was stacked about it in this actions possible I would try something else.
So what do you have in mind?
Actually, in my mind something about mental health.
Oh, it's a nice switch
I can see the connection to be honest I can see that yeah, the photography to mental health Yeah, yeah, yeah, you are sometimes act as a psychotherapist on the photoshoot?
Yeah. I consider it like that, actually, every time. So and I'm a person who loves meeting interesting people travelling, cooking, reading, cinemas, writing about my children and notices about life around and people around. I love storytelling as well. And one must think I'm in love in the surfing culture here. No. And actually started surfing by myself at the age of 43.
Oh my god. Yeah. Never late to start. Yeah,
actually, I thought about to bring surfboard and my wetsuit here, the student but I realised it shouldn't be another project was to build what you can do.
We had a participant bringing harp. Yeah, and bike equipment..Yeah, but so far we had participant Eva, I think she's episode number five or six? I don't remember exactly. So she was a hero. Yeah, she brought Harp with her. And we helped her to take it back to Queen Victoria building parking and it was a whole adventure. If Eva is listening, she will remember that.
Yeah, I have skates surf as well. Small surf board. But possible next time. I'll bring it and show you something. So in generally,
it's about you.
It's about me.
And what are you most passionate about?
I said I doing photography every day, almost every day and that he'd been my biggest pain passion for a long time. I'm a participant of his Association of Professional Child and Family photographers. So it's my passion, my main passion in my life. And recently, I started street photography, and started several projects, like pictures about surfing life, on the northern beaches of Sydney. And about daily life, now Australian, and as well started the project. Nude for male portrait.
Oh, that's nice.
Oh, yeah, I adore it.
So how do you find participants for this project?
Actually, most of them are my friends.
Yeah, and you probably would be nice to photograph surfers. For this project as well.
Yeah. Of course. Actually, it's stereotype that surfers have the ideal or perfect body. But my female nude project not about perfect body butter natural ones. So of course, I'm interested in in any women who want to participate. We spend time to create intimacy. And you know everything about this art
Excellent. So … because you already touched a bit subject of the perfect body. So I'll move to this question at the moment. So what do you think? Where do you think the idea of perfect body comes from and what is it for you? Your perfect body?
Firstly, it's healthy body and body of happy person. And I think our concept of perfect body or beauty is culturally conditioned. And perhaps we want to believe that there is an ideal body and There are many images, which are often a nature ones around. But fortunately, here in Australia, I can see many divertissements with imperfect, ordinary bodies. And the last several years I see it regularly. And they love it, of course, things God, I hope the next generation will not have this problem like eating disasters, disorders and yeah, that's a big one that yeah, it's a big problem, I think.
Okay, so let's go back to age, our age, and everyone knows that we change with age. But what positive changes? Have you noticed for yourself? A turning 45? And so what is the biggest positive change you see?
I want to talk about mental changings changes
in mental challenges as well.
So I believe I learned to love myself.
I like how you say - I believe,
yeah. I believe because sometimes, I believe but after sometimes, I realised it was not so I thought,
yeah, not 100%. So the next level, I would say, to love myself, to laugh my imperfectly unique. I stopped complaining, comparing and blaming people around and myself as well. I took responsibility for my own happiness. Finally, it's so important to feel energy and vibes inside. I learned to listen my, to my inner voice. Not the random opinions of others. I feel more freedom and confidence than my earlier age. And it feels like it's time to feel and to be happy.
That's quite a lot of nice positive thing. Yeah. Good on you. So that must be some challenges as well. What is the biggest challenge at the moment?
Challenge. I would answer that possible. The biggest change challenge will come in the future, like menopause. Because many women who I know describe it like a difficult time. But I'm not sure yet. I'm not so hardy. And I need to be more gentle with myself. Sleep more. rest more. I faced with an issue of eyesight, especially after COVID Oh, really? Yeah, it's getting worse, unfortunately. So I need to create a more about my healthy lifestyle and things about health
So what would you say Is your greatest accomplishment so far?
Yeah, I thought about it.
Maybe you have several of them.
The first I sought my physical achievement. I give birth to my children and have been doing a huge job raising them. Every parent knows what I mean pregnancies, birth.
feedings go sleeping. Yeah. And so on the motherhood, motherhood. It was and will be, I think, quite challenging for me. And I proud of what I did already have done already. Compared with all others. seems more the moment.
Yeah. So it's the greatest one. Yeah, I would agree with you. Yeah. Being a mother is quite a great accomplishment.
And if you could, if only we could do that and travel back in time. And if you could meet your 30 year old self, what advice would you give her?
Actually, I'm sure to give advices to me at that age is useless. Yeah, because my ego prevented me from learning from other very strongly. Possible, I would advise to invest more time in my education. For example, to learn foreign languages, and possible to ask to buy my multi-cooker additional cups, because it's not produced anymore. To buy property here in Sydney, for example, 10 years ago,
yeah, that would be nice. Yeah.
That's it. That's it.
Excellent. All the practical things. And what advice would you give younger women? I know you said you wouldn't listen if it was you and 30 but maybe other women?
Yeah, it's possible possible, So, stay being yourself, of course, just think. Surround yourself loyal to people. Focus yourself growing and don't follow any advices how attract and keep any one next to yourself. Focus on your own power.
It's a good one. So what does it mean to you? Feeling good? And looking good? What comes first? for you?
For me, to feel good to the first of course, as I said,
Was it always like that or just with age?
Was age was age. Because when I was young, I was focusing how to lux beauty instead of for example, to sleep. Well. So for me, it's about to be healthy confidence. Charming. Yeah, living your own story about self love. It's about inner shining, like, loving, smiling. Heart. It's not about to be attractive to someone else. Generally for me,
yeah. So you happy with yourself? Yeah. Excellent. And what makes you feel the most beautiful?
Actually, one answer. Love. Every type of Love like me,
if you if you are in love, or if you've been loved?
everything. Yeah, both. It's not only about relationships between me and man. It's about to love people around to love this beautiful weather to love this beautiful city. It's about it's about what the world gives me today.
Just about this feeling itself.
Yeah. And just this one.
It's a nice one. Yeah. And my last question is, what is your favourite quote or saying about being a woman?
I read about two hundreds yesterday. And choose by Emma Watson. My children adore Harry Potter. Girls should never be afraid to be smart.
Yeah. This one is good one. Yeah. Excellent. Thank you, Nadi. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and sharing your story. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the day and your photoshoot and welcome to the project again.
Thank you, so adorable. Thank you.
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