Meet Angela Martini, a former Miss Universe, who scrapped the whole modeling world over four years ago to pursue her dreams. We know you’re wondering — what more could anyone want than to be an internationally recognized supermodel at the top of her field, traveling all over the world and achieving a lucrative career? But then you spend five minutes with Angela and realize there is so much more to all she’s been through in life. Angela Martini talks her new book, growing up in difficult economic circumstances in Albania, her inspiring mother, the life-changing moment she had at 18 in an airport upon returning to Albania, and her film — debuting in Cannes. Below is an excerpt from the interview, and you can check out our video conversation here.

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