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Arianna Cowper Talks Beach Beauty and Body Positivity

By Janine Abejay
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Arianna Cowper Talks Beach Beauty and Body Positivity
Read up on how the influencer advocates for a healthy heart, mind, and body.

ARIANNA COWPER is one of social media’s most prominent faces, and it’s no question why a single post from her makes your scrolling come to a halt. You’ll undoubtedly hit the follow button for her gram-worthy travels, sun-kissed skin, and active lifestyle. Double-tapping from one photo after another, it’s safe to say she’s the girl to watch. Fondly called Yanna by her peers, the Instagram-famous stunner uses her large following to raise an important message: to be comfortable in the body you’re in.


Amidst her online popularity, Yanna didn’t really set herself out to become an influencer. Social media was only like a diary to her, as she posts about her mundane life just like others would. But when her modelling stints catapulted, she took her road to becoming an online influencer. She shares, “Modelling was a big help from getting featured in magazines, and it really jumpstarted my social media career. Because of the exposure I got from modelling, it led me to become an online influencer.” Gaining a solid audience of 45K on Instagram, this accidental-yet-instrumental turn in her career made Yanna a sought-after social media figure who now lists PR and branding as bullet-points under her resum
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With big brands left and right tapping her to represent them, Yanna shares that her relatable persona is what makes her appealing to her followers. With little boxes of images as facets of her life, Yanna never fails to be fun and candid on her Instagram feed. She mostly loves to share her daily musings about fitness, travel, and food. Through Yanna’s photos, people get a glimpse of her life and personality, radiating that she’s a laid-back person much like how she is in real life. She shares, “Brands believed in me so they booked me. A lot of the time, people tell me that they get me because I’m more relatable.” Thus, this lead her to become one of TOMS’ Local Changemakers, helping young girls to overcome trauma from sexual abuse. Working hand-in-hand with CRIBS foundation to protect children’s rights, Yanna makes an impact by volunteering to give these kids a brighter future. She inarguably uses her expansive voice to help spread awareness on social issues.

One of her practices also includes imbibing her followers to not only live an active lifestyle but to cultivate healthy habits that make you happy. “Find something that will stick with you and become a lifestyle. Don’t just do it because everybody is doing it; do it because you want to. You’ll see the results”, she declares. Below, we chatted with the digital nomad about her top 3 beach essentials, the skincare step she won’t mind missing, and how social media enables her to spread body positivity. 

Exercising is really good for my mental state. It’s also like giving my head some space. That’s the thing about doing a super hard workout; you’re honestly only fighting yourself. It teaches me how to steady my focus.

Let’s start with your active lifestyle. How did you get into fitness, and have you been an athletic person since you were a kid? 
I was not an athletic person when I was a kid, but I did like playing sports. When I was in grade school, I used to play football. I feel like it’s because of my sister. I look up to her so that’s how I got into it. And it helps that my sisters and brother love working out so we work out together, and that’s how I got used to having an active lifestyle.  When I got older, it started out with yoga. Then I just tried different types of workouts until I found something I liked. Right now, I’m working in an indoor cycling and rowing fitness studio. I like trying new things and mixing things up because I have a personality where I get bored easily. 

How do you balance this with your modelling?
I can manage my schedule well because my work with the studio has flexible time. I use my free days to do my passion projects, side business, and photoshoots. I’m the type of person who likes to stay busy. Balancing things means also knowing when it’s too much and how to relax.

How do you know when you’ve reached your limit? 
I know I reached my limit when I’m stressed, drained, or irritated. I feel like it took me a long time to get there because I had to know what I want, what I like and don’t like.

How does being fit help you mentally and physically? 
Exercising is really good for my mental state. It’s also like giving my head some space. That’s the thing about doing a super hard workout; you’re honestly only fighting yourself. It teaches me how to steady my focus. Make the most out of that workout. 

It takes a lot of self-discipline to keep your body fit. What pushes you to consistently end your routines strong?
It’s achieving my ideal body and what I feel looks good for me. It helps me reflect and be mindful. I always want to have a clear mind and a happy heart. That’s the main goal. 

Let’s move on to the skin. Is working out also the key to achieving clear skin? 
Working out is definitely good for the skin. When you do, you clear your skin from toxins through sweating. The post-workout glow is really a thing. Even my hair looks great after working out. You feel positive too because you got through it.

Name three makeup staples that you wear to the gym.
My eyelash curler, waterproof mascara, and cheek tint.

What do you do to prep before working out? 
I like being early and I mentally prepare myself. I don’t like stressing and rushing. I like being in the space and socializing with people. I like being well-rested definitely. If I get a good night’s sleep, then that’s good. 

Working out is definitely good for the skin. When you do, you clear your skin from toxins through sweating. The post-workout glow is really a thing. Even my hair looks great after working out. You feel positive too because you got through it.

What are your tips for people who want to get in shape? 
I would recommend people to try new things and to mix it up, so you’d know what you really like. Find something that will stick with you and become a lifestyle. Don’t just do it because everybody is doing it; do it because you want to. You’ll see the results. It’ll be more of a lifestyle instead of a workout. Try and find the opposite. If you’re a calm person, then try to find something that’s high intensity. If you’re more energetic, then you need something like yoga or a restorative workout to ease down. Another thing is to workout with a group of people, so you have more motivation. Make sure you also research. Know what type of workout you’re going to get into and the precautions. It’s also in your lifestyle. Cultivate good habits like managing time, sleeping right, drinking enough water, and taking vitamins. Try eating cleaner, but treat yourself once in a while. You still need to enjoy food and enjoy life. 

It’s achieving my ideal body and what I feel looks good for me. It helps me reflect and be mindful. I always want to have a clear mind and a happy heart. That’s the main goal. 

We see from your Instagram that you love the beach. What is your tip in effortlessly rocking a bikini whatever the body type?
Find a bikini that makes you feel comfortable. Finding a pose also helps. If you’re not the type who’s really posy, being relaxed can do the trick. The more relaxed you are the better it will translate.

What are your top 3 beach essentials?
Sunscreen, tanning oil, and water tumbler.

Let’s talk about fashion. What’s your go-to tropical fashion staples? 
I like high-waisted loose pants. I really like comfortable clothing, so that’s a style. I love tropical polos, plain ones, and crop tops. 

What is your after-sun skincare routine? 
Aloe Vera! I like it cooled from the fridge when I put it on my skin. I also use a milky or jelly-type face wash that isn’t harsh. I also lather oil because I don’t like my skin to get too dry.

Name three countries that are on your travel bucket list.
Morocco, Greece, and Italy!

Name one makeup item you’ll never forget for a trip.
My mascara! I’d literally go out with just my mascara and eyelash curler.


What’s one skincare step you won’t mind missing?

Toner. I feel like I can skip that because my skin is tricky. When I use too much toner, I break out because my skin-type is sensitive. 

What are your fashion staples for daily dressing? 
I like going with a basic top, comfortable bottoms, and sandals or sneakers. I like basic clothing then I’ll mix it up with a statement jacket, bag, or shoes. 

Cultivate good habits like managing time, sleeping right, drinking enough water, and taking vitamins. Try eating cleaner, but treat yourself once in a while. You still need to enjoy food and enjoy life. 

How do you think you can inspire girls to love their body? 
I could talk more about it. It’s not enough to just post, look confident, and hope that people see that. Another is by not being judgemental. Because if it happens to me, I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone else. 

Are there other projects apart from fitness and modelling that we’ll be seeing you in? 
I just did a campaign for TOMS. I’m the Local Changemaker ambassador for TOMS, and I work directly with CRIBS Foundation. It actually goes hand in hand with what I put on my social media. CRIBS is a home for girls who are abandoned or abused may it be physically, mentally, or sexually. From these traumas, they become insecure, and I want them to become more confident and uplifted. I’m also focusing on my own pre-loved shop. I’m also doing the creative direction for social media and marketing for a designer. There might be a chance for me to become an instructor at the fitness studio I’m currently working in. We’ll see!

 

 

Photographed by Andrea Beldua

Styled by Matt Panes

Makeup by Mila Gulfan

Hair by Aria Ortega

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