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Soccer Gold Medalist Ashley Lawrence on the Ever-Evolving Nature of Confidence

Ashley Lawrence has been passionate about playing soccer since she was five years old. “I fell in love with the sport right away,” the Canadian national team player says. “My family has always been into sports. My older brother played, so I used to love chasing after him.” Her professional career began after graduating from West Virginia University in 2016, when Lawrence signed to her first club team, Paris Saint-Germain FC. “I always dreamt of playing in Europe, especially because football is so prevalent here,” says the Toronto-born, Paris-based athlete, who made her Olympic debut in Rio in 2016, where she took home bronze, followed by a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Additionally, Lawrence has earned sponsorships from major brands like Adidas, and was named Canada Soccer’s Female Player of the Year in 2019.

But it’s not just excelling in soccer that fulfills Lawrence these days. She also heads up Yes She Canada, which she started in 2016 to forge mentorships between professional athletes and young female players ages 6 through 17. “I was inspired to create this because growing up, there weren't really a lot of opportunities to train with or ask questions to female professional athletes.  “I definitely wanted to fill this gap,” says Lawrence, who credits soccer as having given her a place to escape from any stress or worries throughout her own life. “There are always ups and downs, but my love for the sport keeps me grounded,” she says. ”

Below, Lawrence who is bound for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July opens up about her career as a professional soccer player, the inspiration behind Yes She Canada and the beauty and self-care routines that relax her before a game.

By Lena Herrmann

“Feeling beautiful depends on your mindset.”

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“I was inspired to create [Yes She Canada] because growing up, there weren't really a lot of opportunities to train with or ask questions to female professional athletes…”

By Lena Herrmann

“Beauty shines through when someone is confident in their uniqueness.”

By Lena Herrmann

“I’ve definitely learned the importance of celebrating small wins.”

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