Cristiana wants to show everyone that her life is full of adventure.
The 43-year-old vegan was once a legal advisor dating a commercial pilot. Six years ago that (now ex) boyfriend told she could never be a pilot. She decided to prove him wrong.
Cristiana set her sights on a private pilot licence, and through hard work and determination, she made it happen.
Since learning to fly, Cristiana has flown to 13 different countries and has flown around California, Nevada, and Texas while visiting the USA.
Now she shares her life on Instagram as , to show off how much fun she’s having as a vegan and a pilot.
‘My ex-boyfriend, who was a commercial pilot, once told me that I could never have become a pilot,’ said Cristiana.
‘That’s when I decided to become a pilot. I had never thought about it before. I decided to become a private pilot, to fly for fun, not to make a business out of it.
‘Being a pilot is very useful if you don’t like traveling by car or by boat or if you hate checks at the airports.
‘If you go somewhere and you get bored you just choose another destination and take off again. Flying yourself gives you a lot of freedom.
‘It’s the best feeling ever because everything is so much better from up there: the world is prettier, weather normally is better. Almost everything looks nice from a plane, even ugly places.
‘Flying is interesting, challenging. You need to concentrate, to make decisions. You can never relax during a flight, you have to be attentive, precise, to keep on checking and to be ready for whatever happens. So once you are able to do things properly, it is very satisfactory.’
Cristiana started sharing her life on Instagram after a friend suggested she shared her adventures with the world.
She hopes that by posting pictures of what’s going on in her life she’ll get rid of the lingering judgement around female pilots, and prove that you can do all the things you love – whether that’s promoting veganism, fashion, or flying – and have a lot of fun doing it.
‘I’m just a vegan girl who has fun flying,’ she explains.
‘Fortunately, I have never had problems in my legal career because I am a woman. There is a certain amount of discrimination against women in aviation, but I just ignore it.
‘It is possible to have fun, to go to beautiful places, to wear sexy or stylish clothes, to be a fashionista, to eat delicious food all whilst respecting animals.
‘Every type of life is at the same level and should be respected.
‘I want people to understand that being vegan doesn’t mean having a boring life without any pleasure. It’s just the opposite.’
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