At the age of 16, Raquel Zimmermann was photographed by Steven Meisel for the cover of Vogue Italia—an experience she has repeated multiple times over the last 17 years. Throughout her lasting success, however, the Brazilian model has remained grounded, describing herself as simply “a cell in the body of the universe.”
THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME:
Nature will always be the most inspiring thing for me. We can learn so much from nature.
THE PERSON I ADMIRE THE MOST:
Sri Anandamayi Ma. She is an enlightened being and she inspires me every day.
AN EVENT I WISHED I’D WITNESSED:
The big bang. I wish I could have witnessed the beginning of it all.
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE:
Leaving home at 15 to travel the world by myself. I’m so glad I followed my gut feeling.
THINGS I’D LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT MYSELF:
I would like to be less selfish.
MY GREATEST VICE:
Meditation is my vice—I need it twice a day, every day.
THINGS I’LL BE REMEMBERED BY:
That’s not for me to say.
SOME THINGS I’D RATHER FORGET:
Sadness. I believe that sadness is a feeling that we have to let go of.
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS:
Peace of mind. When you have that, nothing can change your world.
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