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Activist Harnaam Kaur reveals how she wants the world to remember her

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What will the model and activist, 27, make of our existential questions?

Harnaam Kaur will be joining us at Stylist Live on Friday 9 November to discuss the growing political climate around our body hair. 

What is the meaning of life?

Some people may say it’s to be happy, to love and laugh as much as you can. Some believe that it’s to find your purpose on earth, while others think that it’s to live a spiritual human life and then emerge back into the creator. All are amazing as they show us how marvellous we are as people.

What is the difference between right and wrong?

Our intention during the act.

Where is your happy place?

I have two. One is with my friends or family having great conversation (the ones where you forget your social media presence or having a phone). My other is the one I create for myself physically and mentally; where I can be alone with my thoughts and do the things I love.

Nature or nurture?

Both are connected and both make us who we are.

Is it more important to be liked or respected?

I don’t need this world to like me, I’d rather be respected for who I am and the way I am.

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?

For being a powerful woman who made all her own wishes come true. I want people to remember me for the force of nature I am and that I didn’t let my physical differences or people’s opinions stop me achieving my goals.

Who or what is your greatest love?

I am my own greatest love. I can search this whole universe and will find no one more deserving of my own love than me.

When did you last lie?

I tell white lies: “I’m only five minutes away” when really I’m 15 minutes away. I have been lied to in the worst way by ex-friends, and it triggered my mental health in the worst way. But small white lies I can deal with.

Is it more important to be liked or respected?

I don’t need this world to like me, I’d rather be respected for who I am and the way I am.

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?

For being a powerful woman who made all her own wishes come true. I want people to remember me for the force of nature I am and that I didn’t let my physical differences or people’s opinions stop me achieving my goals.

Who or what is your greatest love?

I am my own greatest love. I can search this whole universe and will find no one more deserving of my own love than me.

When did you last lie?

I tell white lies: “I’m only five minutes away” when really I’m 15 minutes away. I have been lied to in the worst way by ex-friends, and it triggered my mental health in the worst way. But small white lies I can deal with.

What talent do you yearn for?

I’d love to sing – I can sing but not in a way people would appreciate.

Do you like to be complimented?

I don’t mind if I get complimented or not. If people don’t like me, my world doesn’t end but the second I start hating myself, my everything shatters.

Do you have a high pain threshold?

I believe so. I have had health scares and my body has been able to stand a lot of pain. I also love getting tattoos and have a few piercings too.

What book do you recommend most to others?

The Key To Living The Law Of Attraction by Jack Canfield and Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell.

Which lesson has been the hardest to learn?

That I am worthy enough to let go of my past hurt and build a life that I’m deserving 

Harnaam recommends empowering read The Key to Living the Law of Attraction

What food sums up happiness?

Pasta! Pizza! Lasagne! My mum’s home cooking!

What have you never understood?

How certain religious people can judge me when they preach about living with love and spreading love. Don’t judge me just because you sin differently.

What is the one thing you want to know before you die?

Why did my grandma leave me? Why did my aunt leave me? Will I be able to see them once I die too?

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die?

Death does not scare me; I’ll submerge into the universe and energy that created me.

Quinoa or Quavers?

I love Quavers. They remind me of my childhood. 

To see Harnaam Kaur at Stylist Live, alongside a host of other speakers across 9 - 11 November, get tickets here.

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