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Living Ultra-Light

Growing up in the rather conservative city of Ottawa, Canada, I never felt that I fit in, but I found a niche at fifteen when I discovered alcohol, boys, and dance clubs. My favorite TV show was Entertainment Tonight, my favorite magazine was US Weekly, and by the time I fi nished university, I couldn’t wait to move to Los Angeles and try my luck, working in modeling, music videos, and anything in the entertainment industry.I signed with an agency in L.A. and landed a few TV commercials and music videos. I also got a job as the assistant to a famous Hollywood talent manager and familiarized myself with the scene of backstage passes, A-list Hollywood clubs, and networking with celebrities. Although I never made much money as a model, within a couple of years I did have the opportunity to work at agencies in Barcelona, Hamburg, Athens, Toronto, and L.A, and I started dating a 30-year-old American billionaire. There was just one glitch: I really didn’t like the selfi sh, social-climbing, hidden-agenda person I had become — actually, I hated her.This shadow of self-loathing, which had been growing since chi …

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Prema Gaia first wrote for S&H about leaving the fast life in Los Angeles and spending four years living “ultra...

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