Fashion Weekly Talks | Carla Bonner

Now I continue to be motivated by self-belief and giving back. It's amazing that I can give and connect with people and have a fortunate life.

Has your perspective of the film industry been affected by being a mother?

I've been a mother since I was 18 so it's not something that has happened in the past few years. I have been a mother longer than I have been in the industry so my perception hasn't changed. I'm always making the film and telling the story. I love a story with character and journey as opposed to green screen special effects and grotesque nudity and sex scenes, especially when my youngest son is still in high school.

What inspired you to write an ebook?

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Ahh my little ebook (laughs). I'm a romantic at heart and I love the idea of a happily ever after ending, even if it's sometimes unrealistic. I love the idea that we can have the best of everything like ourselves and our relationships. It all began with self and personal development and getting to know who I am. I'm fascinated by psychology and behavior and the mindset of wanting to be the best of yourself. With strong foundations that is so obtainable. I just wanted people to be loved up.

Do you have any advice for young women?

So much! I just can't stress enough the importance to value you and to love you. Yes, life can be really challenging and really tough but stay with it. It's all for a reason and every moment will take you exactly where you're meant to be. All of these experiences will shape you.

Who is your favourite designer?

I love Sass and Bide for day wear. As the name suggests, it' sassy and I love the bold pieces. There's a really strong, funky consistency to their designs. Then there's Toni Maticevski with his divine, strong, edgy and feminine designs. Alex Perry is ultra feminine and really sexy. I just love clothes.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

I think if I turned to my girlfriends they'd sat passionate, compassionate and determined.