Text: Amanda Etty | Image: Alvaro Goveia | Styling: Julia McEwen
After record-breaking Olympic success at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Tessa Virtue is looking forward to some rest and relaxation.
The incredible Tessa Virtue is a professional ice dancer and one-half of the sport's most-decorated duo (with partner Scott Moir). We've long admired her beyond-gorgeous on-ice presence and were thrilled to spend the day with her during a recent stop in Toronto after being named NIVEA's first-ever Canadian brand ambassador. So what happens after her Olympic gold medal-winning moment, and how's this summer shaping up for Tessa?
After a two-year break from competition following the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Tessa and Scott more than delivered at this year's Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The pair twizzled their way into our hearts––not to mention the hearts of international audiences––with their Moulin Rouge free dance. They claimed their fifth Olympic medal and the world record for overall score.
Soon after returning home, Tessa took to her role as NIVEA's Canadian brand ambassador, which included striking a pose for the cover of Canadian Living's June issue and sharing her skincare, workout and recovery strategies with us. Being a brand ambassador for NIVEA was a natural fit for this athlete, who prioritizes her skincare regimen as part of her self-care routine. "I'm in an arena for most of my life, so getting that deep hydration and moisture is so important. We just announced my partnership with NIVEA, and the brand's latest Care Nourishing Cream is my absolute favourite thing. There's no greasiness and it's just the best for smooth skin," says Tessa. "When I perform, my skin has to be radiant and glowing, and I use makeup to highlight, rather than cover up." In addition to her passion for beauty and style, Tessa is also keen on pursuing her MBA, so having a brand partnership also engages her business-minded side.
Beyond that, Tessa is just after what most of us are in the summer––that is pure rest and relaxation. Her ideal weekend? At her mother's cottage in Northern Ontario. "When you hear the waves on Lake Huron, it's the best way to relax," she says. When she's there, she loves to spend time by the water, read, chill out and totally disconnect: "We're all so accessible on our smartphones all the time, so finding moments to be present, take stock of how you feel and do some self-reflection are important to me. Especially as an introvert, I really crave that 'me' time," Tessa says. Or maybe it's in the South of France where she'll stay with her family's former exchange students and spend time exploring the quaint French towns and picturesque countryside. Well-deserved summer solace and true cool-down time for Canada's ice queen.