Pharmacist to fashionista

By Poornima Koonath
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Remy Baker on why she has always been bold enough to follow her heart

Remy Baker is no stranger in the world of fashionistas having walked for the Vancouver Fashion Week in 2014, 2016 and several other Australian fashion runways. She has featured in the UK magazines Vogue and Glamour and has been on the cover of a number of fashion magazines.

“My father is the reason I am who I am, the reason I am bold enough to raise my voice, brave enough to listen to my heart and strong enough to live the life I have always imagined,” says Remy. “He made me believe that being different was a great thing and to be myself no matter what others think. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful as a person and that I was born in this world for a greater purpose,” she adds. Remy says that her father loved animals and she probably has imbibed that love from him. She called him “an animal whisperer”. Losing her father at a very young age and coping with the loss while supporting her family, has been her biggest challenge.

Remy considers herself to be a harmonious and passionate person. She is both dedicated and compassionate to her family, friends and her colleagues at work. Remy attributes her success to her determination, her willingness to take big risks, her inner strength to stand up against all odds and her will power to persevere no matter what. “I relish in meaningful deeper conversations on subjects like philosophy and spirituality. I own my emotions with deep sincerity, I don’t care who knows how I feel, and I don’t hide them,” she confides. Remy says that she has an incredible ability to connect with people and animals. She is also a fluent user of five languages, English, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

Remy has not been to a modelling or acting school or ever had an agent. She was scouted by a Channel 7 employee while walking down the streets in the city of Perth to be part of a TV commercial. And there has been no looking back since. Whatever she has achieved in her modelling and acting career speaks highly of her determination and dedication and the belief she has in her herself as an individual and a woman. She won the best performer award for her very first short film. A great achievement indeed!

After completing her master’s degree with a distinction, she was awarded a scholarship for her PhD in Clinical Pharmacy. Barriers, she says, are inevitable in any part of life. “I have worked in customer service, as a scientific researcher, as a university lecturer, as a model, as an actor. I have experienced many barriers including sexism and discrimination,” she divulges. But she has tackled every curve ball that life has thrown at her with patience. “Empathy lets me understand the person in front of me and makes it easier for me to establish a deep relationship with them. I am reminded of the famous quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” This is a truth that has long stood the test of time. It is true for our relationships in and out of the workplace,” she says.

If there is one-person Remy would like to meet, it is talk show host Oprah Winfrey. “She is an inspiration to me because she embodies the ambitious, self-driven woman that I aspire to become. She has broken down the barriers of a male dominated industry and paved the way for other women to follow in her footsteps,” says Remy.

As for Remy, her view of life is refreshing. She does not view her personal and professional lives as a balancing act, but as two integrated parts of a whole. “It actually is a circle. It’s not a balance. The relationship between my work life and personal life is reciprocal. I don’t compartmentalise them into two competing time constraints,” she says.

Remy is motivated by gratitude, which according to her, is simply cultivating a genuine appreciation for what we already have. She finds gratitude very powerful and practices it every day. She always applies an “abundance mindset in my way of thinking”. Remy has two pet projects, one of them is rescuing animals and caring for them which she has been doing here in Australia. The one she is planning for the future is to rescue children from the horrors of the streets of India.

“Whatever you do, do it from your soul and you will find that joy within you. And whatever happens, one needs to be resilient. There is an invisible strength within us all,” says the actor-scholar.

 

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