Exclusive Interview USA: Shawn Johnson East about beauty, love, training & pregnancy
Shawn Johnson East is an incredible influencer, blogger, Youtuber, gymnast and mom-to-be from Nashville. She competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide watched her win four medals as a 16-year-old young girl, including gold on the beam. Her talent and small-skills have allowed her to work with well-known brands such as Nike; she became a certified Nike coach. Since 2012, she has shared her life with Andrew East, her husband and future father of their baby. The FIV team has prepared for you an exclusive interview with Shawn Johnson East. Beauty, training, love and pregnancy are the main topics of this special interview.
Youtuber, influencer, athlete and future mother
FIV: Hi Shawn! With more than 1.7 million followers on Instagram, you are part of Nashville’s most popular influencer. When did you start blogging and what key message do you hope to impact followers through your posts?
Shaw: I started blogging 3 years ago and have tried to focus on being as real and vulnerable as possible with my followers. I feel like we live in a world that only accepts perfection, Andrew and I are almost against that and show that life isn’t perfect but it can be beautiful in its own way. I think overall we do our best to promote positivity in all our posts.
FIV: As an American gymnast and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, you are a successful and amazing athlete! What were your keys to success? What advice could you give to people who dream of making their dreams come true, like you?
Shawn: I would say you have to fall in love with something to be successful. Falling in love with it means accepting all the challenges and sacrifices that come with it. As for my keys to success, having fun and working hard have paid off for me. Always remember to have fun, always.
FIV: Youtube is one of your favorite jobs. What are the biggest challenges of being a Youtuber?
Shawn: Some of the biggest challenges would be sharing your life with the world and still trying to keep some of it for yourself. It’s hard to find that healthy balance of sharing the right amount without giving it all away. On top of that, it’s hard to stay relevant and keep making videos that our audience wants to see!
Beauty tips – The best products for perfect skin
FIV: You’re used to working with beauty brands like Estee Lauder to get the perfect skin. What products do you recommend?
Shawn: Although I love all of Estee Lauder’s products, the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup has long been one of my favorites! It’s full coverage and lightweight, so my skin looks really fantastic.
Sports training – Daily workout routine
FIV: Part of your Instagram account and YouTube channel revolves around sports training. What is a good daily workout routine for you?
Shawn: I’ve gotten into a routine where I try to work out at least 30 minutes a day. I find that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been the most rewarding for my body. It helps alleviate a lot of the pain that comes with pregnancy!
Love – How does it love right?
FIV: You and your husband are so sweet and beautiful! How did you two meet? Do you have any tips on finding the right love?
Shawn: Andrew and I actually have a pretty crazy love story. Oddly enough, we met through Andrew’s older brother Guy, who was an Olympic cyclist. I met Guy at the London Olympics, where I talked to him about considering competing at Vanderbilt, and he immediately thought of hooking me up with his younger brother Andrew. It only took a few special dates before I knew Andrew was the one for me. If you want to know more details about our love story, check out our YouTube page – we actually did a whole series about our relationship! The advice Andrew and I always give is to know that a relationship isn’t easy and you have to be committed to working at it. We do our best to show people that relationships aren’t perfect – if you’re willing to work hard and love that person and all their flaws, then a relationship really grows.
Pregnancy – proper preparation
FIV: Congratulations on your pregnancy! Do you realize you’re going to be a mom? How are you feeling?
Shawn: Thank you!!!! I really still can’t believe it, it’s the greatest miracle and Andrew and I couldn’t be more excited to meet Baby East.
FIV: On your YouTube channel you have shared many videos about your pregnancy. As an athlete, what does your daily exercise routine look like to prepare for childbirth?
Shawn: I just try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I focus on eating, sleeping, and working out a healthy amount. I try not to be too intense with my workouts, but getting at least 30 minutes in each day is my goal. I want to keep my muscles fresh during this pregnancy. The healthier I keep my body, the healthier the birth will be!