If you’re Laila Ali, chances are you’ve had a pretty memorable childhood. The undefeated boxer recently opened up about what it was like to grow up with Muhammad Ali as her dad and what she learned from The People’s Champion about being successful.
“One thing that my father wanted me to do was stay true to me,” the 41-year-old exclusively told Closer Weekly. “Definitely never to step on others to get ahead, always be the best that you can be and uplift others along the way.”
Laila has not taken Muhammad’s teachings for granted. In fact, she has put them into action to launch Home Made Simple, a new line of plant-based cleaning products at Walmart. It carries the same name as her Emmy Award-winning TV series on OWN, Home Made Simple With Laila Ali.
“I have always been an advocate for healthy living and being the best version of yourself,” the mom-of-two added. “I truly believe that comes down to the food that you eat, the products that you use and the environment that you create for yourself.”
Being the daughter of the most famous boxer to have ever lived also taught her a thing or two about business and being a world-class athlete. “In my boxing career it was all about winning. Of course, when you’re becoming the best at what you do, that’s what your focus is,” she explained. “Being the best and doing the things that you need to do.”
Today, Laila is a wellness advocate, home chef, bestselling author, the winner of Food Network’s Chopped: All Stars and the creator of her own spice blend. Does she have a secret to to doing it all?Well, it starts from her “very exciting” childhood.
“As a child there was always a lot going on,” she recalled. “My father loved to entertain. Every star you could think of would come over by the house to see my father. Whether it was Prince or Michael Jackson — and that was just the norm. So I know that my life was different but it’s the only one that I know.”
If you want to know more about Laila’s new product line, Walmart.com.
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