THE THIRTY FIFTH INSTALMENT OF THE BELLEBOSS SERIES
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I hoped that with this series, I would find a way to appreciate the incredible South Asian women of our generation, who are breaking boundaries and paving new paths for themselves.Moreover, I would like you to take a little bit of your time to realize how incredible the women around you are.
Especially if you are a woman! I know that at least one woman’s story in my #BelleBoss series will inspire you to follow your dreams, your vision and most importantly your heart. Even if that means breaking a few rules and many societal prejudices along the way.
Can you give us an introduction to yourself?
I’m Chameli Mahawalage and I can’t even believe I’m already 30. Let’s say a girl with a big smile and an addiction to explore new places. I just got married so I am technically Chameli Mahawalage Gibert and my husband (So not used to call someone “my Husband”) Antoine Gibert is the best gift I received thanks to my travel bug.
At the moment, I work in internal Communication & Project management in the Digital Learning sector. Also just finished my MSc in International Marketing & Brand Management in Paris. I also am a Professional Interior Architect and a Graphic Designer. While I build my life around Travel & Photography.
I had the best childhood ever. Born and raised in Sri Lanka.
Travelling was a big part of it. We explored new destinations as a family and probably that is why I still can’t break the addiction. My dad is Athula Mahawalage, While running his own company he was a professional photographer and one of the best creative minds I have ever seen. My mom is an accountant who is also running her own company, helping and consulting my dad’s businesses, while being the best mother in the world. So it’s safe to say I grow up with Travel, Photography, independence & a lot of Love.
When I turned 18 I left Colombo to start my future studies in Singapore. Learnt how to live and be content by myself, as I wanted to be fully independent. Finished my Degree in Interior Architecture and start working right away. Singapore is my 2nd home where I spent 8 years of my life. Now I live in Paris for almost 3 years now and I must say speaking French fluently is taking more time than I thought