This week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is the incredibly inspiring Nicole Servinis! Nicole was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario and has always been a lover of the arts and entertainment. This extraordinary girl’s drive is unparalleled and we admire her fearless determination in achieving her goals. Pursuing your passions isn’t always an easy decision, however Nicole shows us that with a lot of hard work, a steadfast focus and a positive mindset, we can truly fulfill our wildest dreams.

Growing up, Nicole had a love for dancing and figure skating, and later developed an interest in journaling when she completed a co-op with Rogers TV. She worked on numerous shows, which eventually led her to hosting York Region Spotlight. She graduated high school with honors and received a full dance scholarship to attend Hawaii Pacific University to study journalism. When she returned home, she attended Ryerson University. During her schooling, she did an exchange in Melbourne, Australia and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She then interned at City TV, as well as at the nation’s entertainment powerhouse, Entertainment Tonight Canada. Nicole was hired at ET Canada as a Production Assistant and began to work her way up the ladder. She is now a Producer and works specifically on fashion, beauty and branded integration. So cool! Nicole has also had the opportunity to work on massive campaigns and interview A-list celebs including Meghan Markle, Natalie Portman and Rita Ora. Furthermore, Nicole has covered Toronto Fashion Week for numerous seasons and has gone backstage to cover and interview the 2016 Victoria Secret Fashion Show in Paris, France. She has also covered TIFF for two years at ET Canada producing live stream red carpets with George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Idris Elba, Nicole Kidman and more. This girl is absolutely killing it!

What we love most about Nicole is how she encourages all women to be unapologetic. She uses her platform to motivate other girls to be who they are and to show them that they are worthy of everything they want in life. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is teach ourselves self-love. Embracing every aspect of who you are and where you’re at in life is an essential part of making changes, and that’s exactly what Nicole’s all about. Thank you Nicole for being an amazing role model and for embodying what it means to be a YGTGirl!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What has been the most defining moment in your life?

I would say one of the most defining moments of my life was when I was hired at Entertainment Tonight Canada. It was always a dream of mine to work there and after my internship at ET Canada, I was left wondering if that dream would ever come true. It was in 2014, during the last week of December…I had stopped by the office to inquire about any volunteer opportunities. To my surprise, they asked me if I wanted to work/assist with ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls. At the time, I had a vacation booked, but when they asked if I was available, I said yes. I cancelled my trip immediately and instead went to Niagara for a couple days to work. It turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had to date at ETC: I ended up being an Assistant Floor Director working very closely with ETC hosts, and got the opportunity to meet Lights, Nick Jonas, and Keith Urban. To my surprise a week later, there was an opening for a new position, and I was hired on. The hard work and sacrifice had paid off.

What changes do you hope to see for women in the future?

In the near future, I hope to see more women be unapologetic (as Rihanna would say). Unapologetic about who they are, how they dress, how they think, behave, and what they want in life. Often I think women feel guilty or are made to feel guilty for wanting more out of life (I have experienced this)—for being career oriented, having goals, and the drive to achieve those goals. And so, I hope to see more women pursuing managerial roles, to have equal opportunity and pay, and to follow their dreams.

Tell us about a time you felt challenged mentally? What did you do to overcome it?

A particular time in my life that I was challenged mentally was when I was struggling with an eating disorder. As my body was changing and developing into a woman, I had difficulty accepting myself. I got so caught up with the imperfections I saw, and drove myself crazy thinking if I was thinner I would be “perfect.” I battled with family, friends, teachers, and doctors, until I realized it was my mind that was “imperfect.” I needed to love myself no matter what shape or weight I was, and until I learned to do that, I knew I couldn’t be truly happy. With the most wonderful support system, a lot of self-care, reflection, and reading, I was able to pull my mind out of that headspace and teach myself, “self-love.”

What would be the one thing you’d encourage all women to do?

One thing I would encourage all women to do is: discover your passion and then pursue it whole-heartedly.

 What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

I think a YGTGIRL is a girl who is passionate and excited about life. A girl who has big hopes and dreams and isn't afraid to go for it. I think she is a girl who doesn't take "no" for an answer and will stop at nothing (keeping morals intact) to get the job done. I think people are drawn to a YGTGirl because of her charisma and thirst for life. She is confident in who she is, and always sees the glass half full, which is why she is a role model for all women!