Marawa the Amazing shared her tips for airport survival back in May. Fascinating and fabulous, we just had to find out more. She holds five world records, including the record for spinning 160 hoops at once. She's performed for Kenzo and Nike, she's been a semi-finalist on Britain's Got Talent, Australia's Got Talent and Arab's Got Talent. Oh, and she can roller skate in heels - a fabulous, glittering custom pair of Terry de Havilland heels to be exact. Read on to see just why Marawa is, in fact, amazing.
What made you decide to run away and join the circus?
I didn't really - I studied it. I was in the second graduating year from the National Institute of Circus Arts. It was a brand new course and I wasn't really sure where a degree in circus was going to get me - but it seemed like the right thing to do. I liked climbing on things and did a lot of gymnastics, so a degree where I got to keep doing that made sense. No one ever believes me when I say it is an actual degree, but it is.
The musical Starlight Express had a profound impact on you – what was it you loved so much about it and how does it continue to influence your work?
LAZERS. It was the first time I saw a lazer, and the fact that it was a musical on roller skates with a lead character that was a girl who was every shade of metallic pastel and a rad skater - blew my mind. Always aim to recreate that level of excitement and happiness in all work you do.
What inspired you to set the Guinness World Record for the fastest 100m in high-heel roller skates?
I had been skating in the heels for a while and nobody else was doing it, so it seemed like a good idea to set a record, to make high heeled skates a legit thing.
"Always aim to recreate that level of excitement and happiness in all work you do."
Why did you choose roller-skating to set the record and not your signature hula-hoops?
I do have hoop records ! I have 5 records in total, including the record for most hoops spun by an individual (160). Thats the record I am most proud of!
What would you tell someone who wants to set a Guinness World Record?
Do your research! Its not easy, they receive thousands of applications every week so you have to do it really seriously if you want them to take you seriously. Read all the guidelines, get advice - especially if you can talk to previous record holders - I have done that a couple of times and they have always been really friendly and a wealth of knowledge about what to do and what not to do.
You seem so comfortable and confident with who you are – was this always the case or was this a learning process for you?
I think I had a big break through with confidence during circus school. Through high school I always skipped drama, it was the only class I hated because I didn't like public speaking. But I forced myself to do swinging trapeze at circus school and that really gave me perspective. It was so terrifying. and when my feet were back on the ground, nothing felt scary or impossible compared to hanging onto that swinging bar for dear life.
It seems you’ve been on the go from day 1, what has being an avid traveler taught you?
Pack light, haha. But really, life is short and we are tiny and very insignificant in the long run. If you didn't brush your teeth or shave your armpits, it really doesn't matter. At all. Ever.
Someone is always having a worse day than you, and life is complicated and easy to get caught up in. My dad always taught me that the most important thing is to leave the world a better place than how you found it. That's what you need to focus on. All the rest is just filler, including shaving your armpits. For the record I got mine lazered...
"My dad always taught me that the most important thing is to leave the world a better place than how you found it. That's what you need to focus on. All the rest is just filler."
Why should more people get out and see the world?
Because it is absolutely ENORMOUS. Even if you wanted to, you will never come close to covering every amazing place on the planet. But, for sure you will find magic places, places that feel familiar or perfect, that you never want to leave until you find another place that makes you feel that even more. You gotta explore! Even if its just driving or getting on a train for 3 hours in a direction you have never been in. Do it ! You never know what you might find.
Tell us about your customized Terry de Havilland heels with wheels…
Summer 2014 was a good time. I asked Terry for some shoes as my tech lady had discovered a way to make the skate frames in titanium which is thinner and lighter. So we made a beautiful summer high heeled skate with strappy ankles, which are so pretty. Definitely harder to skate in - but so pretty. I wear them a lot.
What does your personal style say about you?
I like lycra?! Nearly everything I own, in fact, I think it is everything, stretches. I gotta be able to stretch otherwise I feel so restricted! I cant imagine how it must feel when I see people in non stretch fabrics - tight at the waist, sweating, trying to pick something up that they dropped, argh! It looks so uncomfortable. You gotta stretch for success!
"You will never come close to covering every amazing place on the planet, but for sure you are going to find magic places, places that feel familiar or perfect, that you never want to leave until you find another place that makes you feel that even more. You gotta explore!"
Your makeup is always on point – who are some of your makeup muses?
Thank you! It's all drag queens. everything I learned came from a drag queen, like how to look fabulous AND sweat - its not easy! But the rest of the time I just want to channel Sade. She has never not looked classy. I actually just looked up "Sade ugly" on google - found nothing - she is a QUEEN.
What are some must-haves in your makeup kit?
Liquid eyeliner. Red lipstick. You can literally do everything with these two! I love a brow pencil too and matt powder because I get shiny shiny!
Music is a big part of you and, obviously, your act – how do you choose what kind of music do you perform to?
I try to listen to new music all the time. It's gotta be fast and not one long build up. I love soca music, and mambo music the best! Whatever I like to dance to is usually good.
What do you hope people get out of your hooping classes?
A super core work out ! And I know they do - the classes focus on pushing the hoop with your core muscles, so each revolution is like a sit up. Once you find the technique it's the best core workout ever!
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
Amazing ladies! I had not heard of it until I went to Hong Kong this year, but everyone I have met through the site seems to be on top of their game and making the world their own, which I love! I wanna be in that gang too!
Photos by: Tasha Bleu