Model Gabriella Halikas is the self-proclaimed “CEO of confidence,” and for good reason. The 2021 Swim Search finalist uses her platforms to encourage other women to embrace self-love, and the 26-year-old took to TikTok over the weekend to share how adopting a confident mindset has changed her life for the better.
“I said it once and I’ll say it again, confidence changed my life,” Halikas stated. “Having confidence in myself, my body, my ability to take risks, my ability to model when everyone said I couldn’t, my ability to influence and make money off this when no one said I [could]... having the confidence changed my entire life.”
The content creator signed with Ford Models earlier this year, and walked the Miami Swim Week runway earlier this summer. In the clip, she discussed how she actively made her dreams come true and went from waiting tables to modeling full-time with a confident mindset.
“I say it all the time, but delusional confidence literally is the mindset we all need to go after in 2024,” Halikas added.
Several of the model and influencer’s TikTok followers chimed in to the comments section to provide feedback on her message.
“My favorite model, period,” a user gushed of Halikas. “Incredibly stunning.”
“FEAR is the #1 reason people don’t take risks. You don’t know unless you try! No risk no reward," one person noted. “Do things that are uncomfortable, baby steps 💯.”
“I get all the jobs and dates that I want as a sz 16. Didn’t as a size 12 bc I had no confidence. 🙌,” another fan added.
“Say it again so the people in the back hear you!!” someone else cheered. “Truly, you are an inspiration!!!🥰🥰.”