The Female Empowerment Series: Carolina Levi

In this interview celebrating Womens History Month we asked Comedian Carolina Levi on her advice to other women, inequality, and on the importance of happiness and laughter. 
You love humor and you work in comedy. How does this help you as a woman?

"As a female comedian, comedy has helped me to develop confidence, which is a valuable quality for anyone, but particularly important for women in a male-dominated field. As a comedian, I have to be quick-witted and able to handle unexpected situations that might arise during a performance. This has taught me to think on my feet and not be afraid to speak up when I need to.

Being a female comedian has also given me the opportunity to connect with other women in the industry, and to use humor to address issues that affect women. By sharing my experiences and making people laugh, I hope to inspire other women to be confident and to use their own voices to speak up about the things that matter to them.

My love for humor and my work in comedy have helped me to become a more confident and empowered woman, and I hope to use my comedy to inspire and uplift others."

Traditionally the role of women has shifted - what do you think needs to still change for women to be truly empowered?

"I believe there's still a lot of work to be done to empower women despite the recent shift in our role in society. Women continue to face discrimination and harassment in the workplace, which limits opportunities for advancement and hinders the full potential. Safe and inclusive work environments are crucial in valuing and providing equal opportunities for women's success. Another area for change is providing women equal access to education and training opportunities to excel in traditionally male-dominated fields. We must challenge societal norms and stereotypes about gender roles and expectations, providing positive role models for girls and boys while promoting gender equality in the media to eliminate harmful gender stereotypes. We must work collectively to create safe and inclusive work environments, provide equal access to education and training while challenging societal norms and stereotypes to empower women to achieve full potential."

Which women are you inspired by? Who are your role models?

"I am inspired by a diverse group of women who have made significant contributions to their fields and beyond. One of my role models is Lucille Ball. She was a trailblazer in the entertainment industry and paved the way for women in comedy. Her timeless humor and impeccable timing continue to inspire generations of comedians. She inspired me with her creativity, bravery, and determination. She has shown me that women can be successful in any field and that we have the power to make a positive impact on the world."

What advice would you give your younger self or to young girls looking up to you?

"As a female comedian from Argentina living in Los Angeles, the advice I would give to my younger self and to young girls looking up to me is to never be afraid to speak up and use your voice. It's important to believe in yourself and your abilities, even if others doubt you or try to bring you down.

I would also advise them to be persistent and to never give up on their dreams.

It is also important to surround yourself with people who support and uplift you. Having a strong support system can make all the difference in pursuing your dreams and navigating the ups and downs of life.

I would encourage young girls to embrace their individuality and to not be afraid to be themselves. We are all unique and special in our own way, and that is something to be celebrated and embraced."

We will send The Million Roses to a woman of your choice. Who would it be and why? Which rose box would you choose for them? Which colors and style represent her?

"Although he's not a woman, I would choose my friend Federico to receive The Million Roses. As a gay man, he inspires me every day with his kindness, love, compassion, and support. He's like family to me and meeting him here in LA is one of the best things that life has brought me.

For Federico, I would select the Deluxe Black Box with light pink roses. Pink is his favorite color, and I believe the black box will be the perfect finishing touch to make the gift special and remind him of our friendship."

“I can buy myself flowers”  - do you buy yourself flowers or would you wait for someone else to gift them to you?

"I believe that it's important to treat yourself and do things that bring you joy. While it's always nice to receive flowers from others, I don't believe that we should solely rely on others to make us happy.

Buying yourself flowers is a way of practicing self-care and showing yourself love and appreciation. It's important to prioritize your own well-being and happiness, and not wait for someone else to do it for you.

As a comedian, I often find that laughing and finding joy in everyday moments is a key part of my creative process. By taking care of myself and doing things that make me happy, like getting flowers, I am able to bring more joy and humor to my life, work and to those around me."

What can we do collectively to support women?

"I believe that there are many things we can do collectively to support women.

First of all speak up! We can use our voices to speak out against sexism, harassment, and discrimination. By calling out incorrect behavior and advocating for gender equality, we can create a safer and more inclusive society for women.

Women can support other women by offering mentorship, guidance, and support. By sharing our knowledge and experiences, we can help other women navigate the challenges of their careers and achieve their goals.

Also, It's important to ensure that women are represented in all areas of society, including politics, business, media, and the arts. By promoting and supporting women in leadership roles, we can create more opportunities for women and help to break down gender barriers.

Equity pay is crucial, we can work to eliminate the gender pay gap by advocating for fair wages and equal opportunities for women in the workplace. As well to recognize that women come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and to advocate for the rights of all women, including women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and women with disabilities.

By working together and taking collective action, we can create a more equitable and inclusive world for women."

Your life philosophy?

"My life philosophy is to find joy and humor in every moment, and to use laughter as a way to connect with others and navigate life's challenges. I believe that humor has the power to bring people together, break down barriers, and create positive change in the world.

I also believe in being true to oneself, staying authentic and embracing one's individuality. As a comedian, I often draw on my own experiences and perspective to create material that is unique to me. I believe that embracing our own quirks and flaws is what makes us interesting and relatable to others.

Finally, I believe in being kind and compassionate towards others. Whether it's through performing comedy, mentoring other women, or simply being a good friend, I strive to make a positive impact on the people around me. I believe that we all have the power to make a difference in the world, and that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a ripple effect."

What achievement are you most proud of?

"I led a Cannes award winning breast cancer prevention campaign for Pantene, which focused on educating women about the importance of early detection through self-check tests. This project represents my greatest accomplishment because it has the potential to make a significant impact on women's health by enabling them to identify breast cancer early and seek treatment, ultimately saving lives."

You carry so much joy. Can you share your happiness secret with us?

"My happiness secret is laughter! I find that making others laugh and seeing them happy brings me immense joy. Laughter is a powerful tool that can uplift people's moods and help them forget their worries, even if it's just for a moment. I also try to maintain a positive outlook on life, even when things get tough. I find that having a sense of humor and not taking things too seriously helps me to stay optimistic and find joy in the everyday moments. Ultimately, my happiness secret is finding humor in the world around me and using it to spread joy and positivity to others."

Stay tuned for more interviews with inspirational women all throughout the whole month of March, right here with The Million Roses. 

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