Movers and Shapers: So­raya Vadillo

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BBorn in Granada, Spain, and hav­ing lived in Scot­land and South Africa, Span­ish-Malaysian Zo­raya (pro­nounced ‘tho-raya’) now calls Kuala Lumpur home. Work­ing along­side her brother Ishaq at one of the hippest spin­ning stu­dios in town, Fly­cy­cle, the el­dest of twelve sib­lings gives us a peek into her jam-packed life.

“All about me: I speak five lan­guages: English, Malay, Span­ish, French and Por­tuguese. I’m a fit­ness in­struc­tor at Fly­cy­cle, a pro­ducer at Bookd! On­line, a YouTu­ber, free­lance host, em­cee and voice ac­tor.”

“I’m the queen bee of the clan! It’s a to­tal bless­ing to be the big sis­ter, but I def­i­nitely feel re­spon­si­ble to set a good ex­am­ple. Even though we’re spread out across the world, we’re very close and I’d fight for them no mat­ter what.”

“On work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally with my brother: Ishaq is the head coach at Flypro­ject (which Fly­cy­cle be­longs to), so he’s tech­ni­cally my boss! You’d think he’d be more le­nient, but he ex­pects the most from me. As kids, we used to fight loads (we still do, oc­ca­sion­ally) but be­ing in a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment has shown me a more ma­ture, re­spon­si­ble side of him.”

“My fit­ness rou­tine are all weights and car­dio!”

“I am pre­dom­i­nantly ve­gan. I feel so clean and light when I eat well. That be­ing said, my guilty plea­sures are cake and choco­late. Bal­ance is healthy!”

“Re­cently, I’ve been in­ter­ested in try­ing CrossFit. It’s a very cool way to teach your body how to move and be strong.”

“I rarely re­lax. I usu­ally drop dead on my bed when I get home. But if I do have time, I like to be alone and ei­ther read or watch some­thing.”

“The world would be a bet­ter place if we were more com­pas­sion­ate to­wards one an­other and thought with our hearts in­stead of our heads.”

“I chose not to go to univer­sity, be­cause I don’t agree with the idea . For the right per­son, go­ing to univer­sity can open so many doors. But for oth­ers, it be­comes a prison. Be brave enough to take con­trol of your own life.”

“Many peo­ple don’t know this, but I can’t live with­out Is­lam. I know that’s prob­a­bly not an an­swer any­one ex­pects from me, but I love my be­liefs. Al­though I don’t ap­pear very Is­lamic, I have a deep re­spect and love for Is­lam, and I would not be the woman I am to­day with­out it.”

“My life mantra is to do the right thing, and to do it with pas­sion!”

“My hopes and dreams: I’d like to spread a pos­i­tive mes­sage about fit­ness and self-care. I also hope to con­tinue pro­duc­ing and host­ing. I’m cur­rently work­ing with an on­line plat­form that aims to rev­o­lu­tionise the ta­lent in­dus­try, and I’m ex­cited to be a part of it!”

“I love my shape. It’s fem­i­nine, strong and unique. I love hav­ing a fuller body, and I’m all about em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to strive for health rather than ap­pear­ance. When the body bal­ances, so does ev­ery­thing else.” Fol­low Zo­raya’s jour­ney on In­sta­gram @zo­rayavadillo or find out how she stays in shape at www.flypro­

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