Interview by Allison Daroie
Kinesha Goldson is this week's Monday Maven and Owner of Cameo Macaron, Boston's only French macaron food truck. When she isn’t driving around in a bright pink elaborately painted truck, she can usually be found hanging at the gym getting her bod even more babely. Did I mention Kinesha also spent last summer as a contestant in the Miss Universe Jamaica competition? She’s not only killing it as a #girlboss, but she’s achieved envious fitness goals through hard work and dedication. Enjoy…
AD: Where are you from originally?
KG: Boston, Ma. Born & raised.
AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate?
KG: I studied abroad in Paris and would spend my rent money on macarons. A real addiction. When I came home and learned they couldn't be found anywhere, it only made sense.
AD: What is a typical day like for you?
KG: Hitting snooze too many times. Green goddess smoothie. Equinox for exactly 3 hours -- transparency: an hour of that time is actually spent in the steam room. Lunch. Emails & tv shows I'm too embarrassed to share. Think about food until dinner. Dinner & tv shows I'm too embarrassed to share.
AD: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?
KG: Being the first. I'm the first person in my family to have ever received a college degree. I've always had great role models in my life, and my mother and father are both entrepreneurs but not having anyone in my family who could relate to my college experience was tough.
AD: What was your proudest moment?
KG: I don't think I've ever had a time where I thought, "You're killing it Keeks", but I guess living alone in France was pretty cool.
AD: What does being successful mean to you?
KG: Being in control of my own schedule and spending as much time as possible with people and doing things that make me happy.
AD: What advice would you give your younger self?
KG: Easy on the candy. #Girlboss
AD: How do you relax?
KG: A rigorous workout followed by an hour of Eucalyptus + steam.
AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?
KG: I like to mix it up. For the past 6 months I've been working with Katie Boyd of Katie Boyd's Miss Fit Club to get in the best shape EVER in preparation for the Miss Universe Jamaica Pageant. The workouts are about 2 hours long and more challenging than anything I'd ever do on my own but #results. Lots of plyometric, HIIT training and cardio works amazingly for me.
AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?
KG: Spending the summer in Jamaica as a contestant in the Miss University Jamaica pageant, I earned a new appreciation for the affects of humidity on my skin. Sweating out toxins is a big part of maintaining beautiful skin. I cleanse with Cetaphil & use a detoxifying serum by Caudalie at night.
AD: What's a go to places in your area?
KG: Marry O' Malley park. I live in Chelsea and on days where my workout doesn't require weights or heavy gym equipment I do them outdoors at the park.
AD: What’s the top song on your playlist right now?
KG: Hotline Bling. I know I know... In my defense I tried to not like it and failed miserably.
AD: Who is the most inspiring person in your area and why?
KG: All of my girlfriends are bosses. Like amazingly inspirational women. From the girlfriends I've had since high school to the women I've met in the last year. I learn so much from the people I surround myself with and what's doper than that?
AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier?
KG: I've worked in corporate America and done the whole, leave the house by 5am to get to the gym and work before 8am then have to put on heels and dress business casual for a 10 hour day thing. There's nothing more gratifying than a good workout and being able to put on comfortable clothes. I spend a good part of my time in transitional gym clothes so it helps to look good in them.
AD: Is there any last comment you would like to leave us with? KG: Be great. It's easier than you think.