Melina Weber (Chinese: Wei Meilin) is a multilingual video creator and internet celebrity. She promotes intercultural understanding and cultural diversity between East and West Asia by highlighting the Sino-German cultural interchange. She is an active blogger on fitness and a fitness model.
Weber was born in Konstanz and attended the secondary school Geschwister-Scholl Realschule, then the Humboldt Gymnasium. She moved to Malaysia when she was 17 to live with an Indian family, and later a Chinese family. She considers herself a cultural ambassador and has set out to increase intercultural understanding.
As a teenager, she began practicing yoga and it has been an integral part of her life ever since.
Women Fitness President, Ms. Namita Nayyar, catches up to Melina Weber as part of International Yoga Day
You studied International Business Management, where you were instructed in English, French and German. You enrolled at the Beijing Film Academy in a Mandarin-taught performing art course. Why did you choose this career?
While taking a Mandarin class at university, I modeled occasionally for video commercials. I discovered that I had a strong interest in film production and acting. The reason I decided to take a Beijing Film Academy performing arts course was to improve my Chinese language skills. It is best to learn a language in a friendly environment. That is exactly what I had! Everything was taught in Mandarin ChineseMy classmates and teachers spoke mainly in Chinese. Although it was difficult, I enjoyed the challenge. I met a Chinese film producer one day who said that producing short videos for social networks was the best thing I could have done for my career.
So I began making videos in Mandarin about culture and daily living. Later, I launched a YouTube channel dedicated to yoga and exercise.
It wasn't my first trip to Asia. As a teenager, my decision was made to travel to Malaysia as an exchange student. I would live with an Indian family and attend a local high-school. This is why I see myself as a German East Asian cultural ambassador. Someone who doesn't just post photos of the beach, but digs deeper into culture and learns the language to show its true beauty.
Are you a fitness blogger or a fitness model? Please elaborate on the role you play in each.
I want to be a role model. Because I am always learning, my friends call me a geek. My goal as a fitness blogger is to share high-quality content. I have received several teacher certificates in yoga in India and Germany.
Social media can often be more about looks than substance. As a fitness model, I love to post beautiful photos but also real ones. For example, I don't plan to post a photo of me in a bikini at sunset on the beach. This is not me! Every flower will eventually lose its beauty. People who are able to tell a compelling story, look healthy, have a positive outlook on their lives, and strive to improve every day of their skills are the most attractive.
I want to encourage people to spend more time outdoors with their loved ones. I love to enjoy the outdoors and sports like gardening, rollerblading, or hiking. It's a great way to relax your body and mind. It is a great idea to spend Sundays in public areas or outside your home.
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