Hello, beautiful! My name is Gala Darling and I’m obsessed with showing women how to love themselves unconditionally. This passion has lead me to my work as an author, speaker, and coach. My first book, Radical Self-Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dreams, was published by Hay House, has been translated into four languages, and became an instant #1 bestseller. I’m writing my second book right now.
I was inspired to do this work after recovering from depression and an eating disorder. Life without depression is like that moment when The Wizard Of Oz flicks from black and white to technicolour: everything has so much more beauty and meaning. I have been making up for lost time ever since! I am wild about showing women that they can totally revolutionise their lives, that they can feel good every single day, and that the only limit is their imagination.
A decade ago, I came to New York for a party and decided to stay forever. Now I live in an apartment downtown full of rainbows and candy-coloured art, and I spend my days doing what I absolutely love. I have big pink watercolour roses tattooed on the tops of my hands, and I believe passionately in the art of gratitude. I love sparkly press-on nails, feeling good, rose quartz hair, kissing, and always creating something new. I am larger than life and I will never apologise for it!
Random facts: When I was a little girl, a teacher told my parents I should stop reading so much fiction, because I was “too imaginative”. I love deep thinkers, rebels, and risk-takers. I’m a Virgo with a Sagittarius Moon and Aquarius Rising. One of my childhood dreams was to have an accent no one could identify: finally, as a half-British New Zealander now living in New York, I got my wish!
Current obsessions: Filling my house with hot pink roses, rainbow everything, constant evolution, fake tan, psychedelic colours, writing my second book!
Style direction: Black and fitted, topped off with a leather jacket and candy-coloured accessories. Grown-up goth crossed with psychedelic housewife.
Heroes and idols: RuPaul, Liberace, Beyonce, Elizabeth Gilbert, bell hooks, Diana Vreeland.
Regular happiness practices: Making gratitude lists, watching stand-up comedy, dancing in my living room, having mind-expanding conversations with my friends, laughing and having adventures with the love of my life.
Favourite books: Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. The Red Book by Sera Beak. Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver. (And too many others to mention.)
Favourite places: New York City, Marrakech, the Greek Islands, New Orleans, Rome, Las Vegas, Berlin. (All for very different reasons.)
Best advice I’ve been given: All you need is someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.
“I have always admired everything about Gala from her sparkling heart to her fashion sense. I am also a fan of her writing, which is as inspiring as she is. She makes you feel like she’s there with you, sharing her secrets for a luminous life. I highly recommend Radical Self Love and everything else she writes.”
Gala Darling is a speaker and the bestselling author of Radical Self-Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dreams. She has been teaching radical self love — a selection of powerful techniques and tools which help women transform their lives — for close to a decade. Her site, galadarling.com, helps a million women a month find their voice, live without fear, and fall in love with life.
Born in New Zealand, she moved to NYC with one suitcase when she was 24 years old, and used radical self love to heal from an eating disorder and depression.
Gala has been called “a spiritual revolutionary”, “the oracle of all things mystically glam”, and “a modern-day guru”. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, New Zealand Herald, Teen Vogue, New York Post, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time Out New York, Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, The Age, Sunday Herald Sun, The Dominion Post, Inked magazine, MiNDFOOD, Stuff, Viva, and countless others. She has been interviewed on CBS, ABC News, and Hay House Radio. Gala has spoken about radical self love and entrepreneurship at SXSW Interactive, TEDxCMU, and dozens of other events across the world, in addition to lecturing at NYU (twice). A co-founder of The Blogcademy, she taught over 1000 women how to build their business through their blog on several continents.
Gala has worn mouse ears in the Blue Lagoon, walked the runway at New York Fashion Week, and once danced naked in front of strangers at a self-esteem workshop. She believes in kale and crystals, goal-setting and gratitude, kaleidoscopic colour and kicking ass.
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