Today, the beautiful Pernille Soe is our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY! Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Pernille made the brave move to Los Angeles, California to pursue her lifelong dreams of being a professional dancer and model. What makes this lovely girl so special is the joy and laughter she brings to all those around her. Pernille has an infectious positivity that can be felt as soon as she walks into a room. It is so inspiring to see how this woman has continued to strive for her goals despite the many challenges she’s faced. With an unparalleled drive and focus, Pernille has grown into a strong and determined woman who knows exactly what she wants and the life she is after.

Pernille has experienced much success in her young age and has had the opportunity to perform on national TV, in music videos and concerts all over the world! Some of Pernille’s credits include X-Factor, Denmark's Got Talent, Hilton Worldwide, China's Next Top Model, I Heart Radio Festival with James Maslow, Phoenix Legend New Years Concert Tour, Hilton Worldwide Opening Show, Weibo Music Awards, Lele Pons, Premio Lo Nuestro, Go FM Concert, IMGP, Fætr, Kugou Fanxing Music Ceramony and Mr. Man Awards. As a model, Pernille has worked with brands including Adidas, New Balance and Ralph Lauren, Bank of America and DP Catalogo. Additionally, Pernille is a Certified Personal Trainer and spends most of her downtime helping others become their happiest, healthiest and most confident selves. Visit her fitness page @workoutwithpernilla and check out her daily workout videos.

Pernille is the utmost optimist. She believes that with will and undying faith in yourself, you can truly achieve anything. We love that Pernille challenges us to look at our lives and ask ourselves if we are really fulfilled with what we are doing. Are we really going after the life we want and the life we know we deserve? Pernille goes deep and continually checks in with herself by making her own self-development and growth one of her top priorities. Most importantly, Pernille reminds us that there is no right way of doing life. Being happy and successful comes from choosing a life that is the most aligned to who we are. Thank you Pernille for showing us how to become our own best self!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

You’ve had the privilege of living and travelling all over the world. Tell us about what travel has taught you. How have your experiences abroad changed the way you live your life?

Traveling the world has completely changed the way I live my life. I used to think that there is one right way to be and one right way to live your life. As I got to experience different cultures, beliefs and ways of living, I slowly started questioning my own limiting beliefs and way of living. From seeing how many different ways you can live, I realized that my way wasn’t the only way. When I realized this, I slowly started creating the life that I wanted to live from having seen so many different ways of doing it. I learned that I could pick and choose from the things that bring me joy and fulfillment. So I think the main thing I have learned is that there is no right or wrong way, and since we are all different, it’s about choosing the life that brings us the most happiness.

Why is it important for women to be self-aware?

I believe that if a woman is self-aware she is able to ask herself what she needs in order to fulfill the needs in life. If a woman is self-aware, she will be able to deal with the challenges she meets on her way and not let them break her, but help her be stronger than ever before. She will be able to walk away from situations she does not deserve to be in, and she will be able to treat herself with the love that she deserves.

If you could thank one woman for making a difference in your life, who would it be and why?

My mom is such an incredible woman. She has been through a whole lot in her life but every time she meets a challenge she will find solutions and instantly take actions on making these things happen. She is so incredibly strong and seeing her make anything she puts into her mind happen has made me believe that I can do the same. She is also extremely loving and caring. Looking up to her growing up is what has made me be able to follow my dreams today.

Tell us about a difficult time in your life. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from facing challenges?

The first thing that comes to mind is getting my US visa. I lived on an air mattress in my friend’s room for over a year when I was visiting LA trying to get my work visa. I was incredibly happy and grateful every day. It took me about a year to get everything I needed for my visa, and I remember during the last couple of months new challenges kept on popping up which made me not be able to apply. Living in LA was my absolute biggest dream and I couldn’t see myself being or living anywhere else. I later got approved when I finally found solutions to all of the challenges I faced. The process ultimately made me stronger. It has made me trust that I will never give up on a dream and never let challenges hold me back.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

A girl who is unstoppable and unique. A girl who knows she can do anything she puts her mind to and when things get tough, she remembers this: You only have one life so live it to the fullest!