LECHERY | Interviews With Powerful Women | @Stefani_Sotelo

LECHERY | Interviews With Powerful Women | @Stefani_Sotelo

Photo provided by: @Stefani_Sotelo

Happy Monday everyone! Only a few more days left until Halloween, do you have any fun events coming up? Or will you be staying home and doing a virtual Halloween party? Oh how times have changed! Can’t wait till this whole pandemic is over!

Before we get to our next interview feature, we just wanted to let you know that to everyone who chooses to shop Italian made hosiery with @LECHERY.OFFICIAL, you will be getting a 10% discount code by using code: ”LECHERY10” at checkout. This is only valid until the 15th of November, so shop while our stocks last! 

Let’s start off the week with an incredible interview with @Stefani_Sotelo. Sotelo graced the presence of LECHERY after being impressed by the 500+ posts she has on her Instagram that documents her journey of doing boudoir, formal, fitness, and lifestyle photoshoots - her platform is all about capturing the day in the life of a model who also works full-time doing marketing for a medical device company. 

Though Sotelo is now a published model, her journey to embracing herself was never linear. She had hit many bumps in the road along the way since she first started. As much of a challenge it was to really be comfortable in her own skin, she never allowed it to be a permanent setback to achieving her goals of getting to where she is right now. She describes that it was through shooting in lingerie that allowed her to push her comfort zone, feel empowered, and be more confident in herself. 

In this interview with Stefani, we discuss topics that relate to how she started off doing lingerie/boudoir photoshoots, body confidence, how women should start lifting each other up rather than competing and bringing each other down, and the importance of wearing items you enjoy as opposed to wearing items for the sake of society. 

To learn more about this phenomenal and inspirational woman, keep on reading!

Interview with the gorgeous published model and dancer @Stefani_Sotelo

LECHERY: First of all, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to interview you! It is such a pleasure to have you here with us (virtually) of course haha! Let’s first start off by telling us a little bit more about yourself. What do you do?

STEFANI: For my full time job I do marketing for a medical device company. I started modeling at the end of my freshman year of college in 2012, and found a passion for it. So I have been modeling as a hobby/ part time job for 8 years now. 

LECHERY: We see that you're into hosiery and lingerie, what got you into posting hosiery and lingerie? Tell us more about it.

STEFANI: I began shooting in lingerie to push my comfort zone a bit. Being comfortable in my own skin wasn’t something that came easy to me and I wanted to challenge myself. Modeling especially in lingerie was a way for me to build confidence. I always felt that lingerie was similar to being in a bathing suit. A bikini covers very similarly to a bra and underwear and that made me feel more comfortable to get into boudoir shoots. I began to feel how lingerie helped me embrace my womanhood and I slowly began to feel more comfortable in how I looked. It became empowering.

Photo provided by: @Stefani_Sotelo

LECHERY: What does lingerie mean to you? Does it give you confidence? Or is it just something you wear to give an added extra sex appeal? How do you feel when wearing lingerie?

STEFANI: Lingerie is both a confidence boost and something that I feel sensual in. Once I get behind the camera it’s like I turn into someone else. The more comfortable I got with shooting in lingerie the more I felt in my own skin. Through time I’ve tried to start working on myself and build healthy habits. It’s important for everyone to love who they are, no one is perfect and what I believe is most important is healthy is sexy. What better way to express it than with some sexy lingerie. The perfect way to embrace my womanhood, feel confident, sexy, healthy and happy. 

LECHERY: What is the perfect pair of hosiery for you? Or lingerie, if you don't wear hosiery.

STEFANI: My favorite lingerie is the teddies, they enhance my curves. But I also love the lacey two pieces that make me feel so much more feminine. 

Photo provided by: @Stefani_Sotelo

LECHERY: As wearing hosiery and lingerie can be seen by the wider-community to be vulgar, how do you react to the negativity? 

STEFANI: I believe that everyone should wear what they feel comfortable in. Everyone has their own personal reasons they do it and instead of bringing people down they should try being more open minded about it. It’s a form of expression, in my opinion. If someone doesn’t like it then they don’t have to follow my page. Sometimes I fear what people may think but at the same time if you constantly worry about what people will say or think then you won’t be able to truly live your life the way you want to. No matter what, people will talk one way or another but as long as you are true to yourself that’s what really matters.

LECHERY: We live in a very double standard society, when a man is topless, it is normalized and accepted, but for a woman, she’s hypersexualized and stigmatized. As women, how do you think we should combat this?

STEFANI: I think first women need to start empowering each other instead of bringing each other down. Then second for example if you feel comfortable and don’t want to wear a bra in public then don’t. It’s going to take small steps to get to a less stigmatized society but I think everyone should start with themselves not caring what others may think. Women have always been careful with what they wear but If you are an adult why not wear what you feel sexy?

Photo provided by: @Stefani_Sotelo

LECHERY: What do you hope to find in the hosiery and lingerie industry in the future?

STEFANI: I would love to see more women embrace themselves and do/wear what makes them feel good. I love the sensual appeal you get with lingerie. I would love for the negative stigma to go away from women wearing what makes them feel more comfortable in their skin. 

LECHERY: What is one thing you would always wear that would make you feel much more confident and sexy? What is your advice to other women who struggle with confidence and body-image?

STEFANI: Wearing a full lingerie outfit like a lace two piece with thigh highs and a garter is what makes me feel the most sexy and confident. But wearing lingerie just helps you embrace yourself and enjoy being a woman. 

My biggest advice for women who struggle with confidence and body image is to know that everyone is beautiful in their own way. No one is perfect but you should embrace every part of your body. If there is something that you want to work on then commit and do it. Only you hold yourself back, but the most important thing is to be happy and healthy and that will make you feel sexy.

LECHERY: Describe lingerie to you in three words:

STEFANI: Empowering, Unique and Expressive

LECHERY: It is a really tough time in today's world with the whole COVID-19 pandemic going on, what have you been doing to keep yourself busy and healthy?

STEFANI: I have picked up on virtual TwerkPro dance classes online which is nice because we have a dance community with girls all around the world. We all support each other and I love it. I’ve also joined the Herbalife community which helps to keep my eating habits on track and I have a coach that keeps me accountable for doing my workouts and sticking to my plans. We also listen to personal development videos which I find extremely good for developing good mental health in such hard COVID-19 times.

Photo provided by: @Stefani_Sotelo

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