Natural beauty: Angela Lindvall
We talked to supermodel and environmental activist Angela Lindvall about "Self-Care", a life in harmony with nature and her plans for the future
Photographs: Sylve Colless / Production: Natalie Manchot
Malibu, Los Angeles - a place of longing of our decade, with the wonderful benefit of 330 sunny days a year. Nevertheless, as we approach the shooting scheduled for a Monday at the end of February, my nervousness rises: California is hit by the worst winter in decades, with storms and massive rainfall. In terms of temperature not comparable to our latitudes, but for this photo shoot a blue sky is essential. Our June issue is dedicated to the subject of Azzurro, which means blue. But after weeks of continuous rain, I wake up on Monday morning in bright sunshine.
This time we were able to enthuse "Green Queen" and supermodel Angela Lindvall for the cover shoot. Already at the beginning of the 2000s, the 40-year-old committed herself to the environment and lived with her ex-husband, a South African diver, and their two sons for two years on an eco-compatible houseboat on the Hudson in New York. Today, Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County is their home, an ecological refuge for nature conservationists and individualists.
Madame: Despite a dream career as a model you have remained modest and down-to-earth. What is your secret?
Angela Lindvall: I don't have a secret here, but I have a lot of life experience. I have learned: How we tackle something and with what energy we approach situations has a great influence on how we live and experience life. It is all a question of will and decision. I have decided to always be positive and to appear that way. To rejoice over the good instead of complaining about the bad. Humility and humbleness is something very important to me. As a model, I’ve seen many girls get on a high horse- and it causes a lot of misery. I see the soul of each person and do my best to help uplift others when I can.
Help is an important topic for the model who was born in Oklahoma. After the early, tragic accidental death of her younger sister and a difficult divorce, Angela first had to pause and reorient herself. "Suddenly I stood there and realized that as I tried to save the planet, my own world was breaking apart. That made no sense. I can't help until I help myself." This insight led her to her life principle of self-care. This enables her - and others - to meet her physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
Self-care means not only looking after yourself, but also at the world in which we live. From this point of view, it is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our planet
Madame: You live with your sons Dakota, 17, and Sebastian, 14, in the idyllic Topanga Canyon. Did you miss nature after the big city life in New York?
Angela Lindvall: More than you can imagine. We are nature, we have a symbiotic relationship. And we need more reverence for natural harmony. My greatest wish is that humanity finally appreciates nature enough and not only takes it and throws it away but regenerates and repairs it. I also try to give this to my sons on a daily basis. We cultivate our own piece of land.
Madame: You operate the online platform "Peace begins in me", where you communicate your self-care concept. What is it all about?
Angela Lindvall: We try to achieve inner peace through yoga, meditation, and self-esteem. There are various workshops, events, and ceremonies. The basic idea is on the one hand that people learn to live in themselves and on the other hand to encourage them in their decisions. Because every single decision has effects not only on one's own life but on the whole.