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Rising Stars: Meet Karmel Bortoleti

Hi Karmel, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory
I always had the desire to empower and increase the self-esteem of the maximum number of women I can reach. I’ve already developed several projects, such as a clothing collection, the KB Collection, even the KB FIT Club itself, an exercise mat – mainly for lower limbs – at home, without moving. And, for 2021, the idea of ​​creating an Institution to professionalize women and restore independence, mainly financial and emotional, is also taking shape. I left Brazil at the age of 14 and went to live in Japan with my mother to work as a model.

After Japan, I lived in other country’s such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy and I represented brands like Chanel for the Asian fashion show, Lincoln cars, Lamborghini miami, etc… Today, she represents several brands in television advertisements and, now, my own: KBFitClub. And what is the KB FIT Club? Basically, it is a mat made with high technology to train at home, without any complications and with body awareness. “It started to be created in March this year. During the quarantine, with everyone training at home, I had an idea and I shared with my boyfriend Brett and he thought it was great, giving me support to keep working on it. So, I started to draw some physical exercises on the floor that I did with my personal trainer or remembered the classes I did… And since I am a workout designer, I designed several exercises focused on lower body that could be done in the same place, without needing a lot of space ”, she said. And that idea came from a very valid purpose! With a generous increase in people training at home, the chance of doing the wrong exercise has increased considerably.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There is no such a thing as smooth road. Every road we face obstacles but we need to overcome and never give up so we can reach our goals. We hear a lot of no, even from the closest people in your life and usually, we don’t get much support because they don’t believe in the project the way you do. But you need persistence and wisdom together with hard work to keep going.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a model, a mother, businesswoman and an entrepreneur. I am most proud of who I’ve become today and how far I’ve got. My faith and my beliefs makes me pursue my dreams and I don’t give up until I make it happen!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Being a single mother is already a challenge for any woman, but you have to know how to get around your obstacles. When you have a goal, you will find a way to make it happen. I’m lucky to be able to count on my family for that!

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