Last week kick-ass stuntwoman and actress Zoe Bell returned to New Zealand for an important campaign with Reebok. The Confidence Unleashed campaign hosted by Reebok and Zoe Bell took place to empower Kiwi women. As well as giving them the skills they nee to protect themselves. To learn more about that event check out this post.
We had the chance to ask Zoe Bell a few questions and get the rundown on how she got involved with the campaign and why it’s so important.
How did you feel when Reebok approached you and asked you to be a part of this Confidence Unleashed event?
I was stoked and honoured to be a part of it. This was a particular cause that was close to my heart – empowering women – and Kiwi women in particular is something that I’m passionate about. I’m so proud to have been asked to be involved and proud to participate in such a kick-ass event. It was right up my alley – I just had to be involved!
According to White Ribbon, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of violence towards women in the world why is it important to you that you empower women so they are confident and capable of protecting themselves?
Regardless of whether it is NZ or anywhere else in the world, it’s a cause that is close to my heart for two reasons – one, I’m a women and two – I’ve had people close to me affected in some way, shape or form and they didn’t have the tools or confidence to deal with it that I might.. So if I’m in a position to share that then it’s my duty.
What are the top three ways people can protect themselves?
Be conscious of your environment enough to avoid situations – be environmentally savvy. Listen to your instinct whether you feel confident or not. Walk into or out of a situation like you do feel confident. If all else fails, get really messy and really loud. If you can’t outweigh them, make them think you’re crazy. I’m not a self-defence expert so I would really encourage women to do self-defence training. It’s one of those things that just by learning it a few times, whether you need to use it or not (hopefully not), you leave with a sense of confidence and power.
You embody confidence and empowerment, making you the perfect woman for this Reebok event, but how have you continued to stay true to yourself and retian your confidence in a competitive, and possibly at times unequal, world?
Keeping real people close and coming home a lot.
What has been your most life changing moment so far?
Logistically it was probably getting the Kill Bill job was probably the most life changing moment. That pushed me into the international industry, living away from home, into Hollywood. It was one of the first times it was me on my own personally and professionally so that was massive.
What are some changes you would like to see in the world in the near future?
It sounds a bit Pollyanna but I have this theory that if everyone was willing and had a desire to be curious about their responsibility in everything, what they could’ve done differently in a situation they didn’t like, what they did well in a situation they did like, how their actions affected others – I think that would solve so many of the topics that I would normally answer that question with would be affected in a positive way.