#54 | Guinness Records, Hula Hoops and High-Heeled Roller Skates with Marawa Ibrahim
About This Episode
This girl holds 12 different Guinness World Records, is the founder of Hoop Tone and the Hoola Schoola Workshops. Marawa Ibrahim is also the author of The Girl Guide: 50 Ways to Learn to Love Your Changing Body, a beautifully illustrated book for young girls that explains everything from acne to puberty to changing the way you view your body.
“My way of portraying femininity, it requires a lot of strength, but I still really love to do it with some nice false eyelashes and a pair of high heels.”
Marawa has a bachelor’s degree in Circus Arts, which is more than just ‘clown college.’It is impossible not to smile around this week’s guest. With her high-heeled roller skates, her love of hula hoops, and her sense of humor, Marawa is conquering the world. A professional hula hooper and performance artist, she has traveled all over the world performing, teaching, and writing.
“You can’t get mad at a hula-hoop!”
While her life might seem magical on Instagram, Marawa is adamant that success does not mean always having fun at your job. Even a hula-hoop master has to do some “soul-destroying” work to pay the bills.
“I can do all the stuff they are doing and I can do it in high heels.”
Join us for an insightful conversation in which we discuss the importance of work-life balance, the ridiculous amount of paperwork necessary for a Guinness World Record, and how expensive it is to make a high-heeled roller skate.
“Femininity is life.”
Tools & Resources Mentioned
- Glow – Glow is an ambitious enterprise that uniquely applies the power of data science to health. Our personal health tracking products illuminate health through data, and empower people with new information about their bodies.
- Kirakira – This app allows you to create videos and photos with cool glitter effect, using nothing but your phone camera or the pictures you have on social media. You have lots and lots of options, like adding twinkle, airly, color and more to make your video impressive.
People/Blogs to Follow
- Erin Jackson – Erin Jackson is a 25-year-old inline speed skater, long track speed skater, and roller derby player from Ocala, Florida.
- The Girl Guide by Marawa Ibrahim – Contained within these pages are 50 lessons, anecdotes and stories about the changes Marawa experienced in her own body during puberty, written in consultation with Doctor Janice K Hillman. The first book in a new series about growing up has been written for young girls becoming women, who need not feel alone on their journey to womanhood.
- Essays Against Everything by Mark Greif – Each essay in Against Everything is learned, original, highly entertaining, and, from start to finish, dead serious. They are the work of a young intellectual who, with his peers, is reinventing and reinvigorating what intellectuals can be and say and do. Mark Greif manages to reincarnate and revivify the thought and spirit of the greatest of American dissenters, Henry David Thoreau, for our time and historical situation.
- Alice’s Adventures by Alice Hawkins – Displaying an uncommon flair for storytelling that imbues each image with a sense of wonder, Alice Hawkins’s work explores the importance of individuality, role play, dressing up, fantasy, and playfulness.
- Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard – From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
- Madonna Inn: My Point of View by Phyllis Madonna – This is the first book to tell the history of the Madonna family and the unique and unusual Madonna Inn.
- Nautical Chic by Amber Jane Butchart – Written in an accessible tone but grounded in years of research, Nautical Chic charts the nautical influence on fashion over five chapters, each of which considers a particular maritime profession: The Officer, The Sailor, The Fisherman, The Sportsman and The Pirate. Butchart weaves together politics, imperialism, war, leisure, trade, sport and seafaring adventure to tell the stories of garments – the duffle coat, the yellow fisherman’s macintosh, the yacht club blazer -loaded with historical and cultural significance.
- Walking with the Muses by Pat Cleveland – Chronicling of the glamorous life and adventures of Pat Cleveland—one of the first black supermodels—this compelling memoir evokes the bohemian lifestyle and creative zeitgeist of 1970s New York City and features some of today’s most prominent names in fashion, art, and entertainment as they were just gaining their creative footage.