Q: Why did you leave a great career in modeling and start practicing Ayurveda?
A: I enjoyed tremendous success in the fashion industry. I had been in numerous international campaigns, had been in several music videos, and had met more people in ten years than many meet throughout a lifetime. In the late 90′s, I was invited to join the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Christy Turlington to meet Nelson Mandela shortly after he was released from prison. At this point, I realized that there was only one way for me to go in the fashion biz: down.
Shortly after I started modeling in 1986, I met a man who would become my best friend and mentor. He lived with HIV, and in response to this illness he sought out a natural way of life through alternative medicine and spiritual growth. He introduced me to the value of a spiritual path, and under his influence I took sporadic workshops related to Yoga and wellbeing throughout the 90′s. I was already out of the world of fashion by the time his health really began to fail, and had yet to discover a greater vision for my life. He passed away from AIDS in 2000, and yet because of his pursuit of a spiritually purposeful life, he left his body not in pain but in peace. In response, I sought out a path of Yoga and Ayurveda and developed the ability to share this lifestyle with others.