I shared my fashion design story for the first time in 13 years. I shared it on instagram but wanted to share it here too. But this is where it started, in La La land.
It was a year-long whirlwind of being called into something I never dreamed I would do. I fought against it for a year, because who was I? I didn’t fit the mold. And when I finally accepted my clear calling and went to design school for it, It was even more obvious that I did not fit that mold. And so I continued to doubt my path.
Unlike my classmates who were fashionistas, voted best dressed in high school, made clothes since they could walk, or “always knew they wanted to be a fashion designer,” I was none of the above. Where one day everyone in class would be abuzz about the Oscars, there I stood with no clue it even happened. “Are the Oscars and Academy awards the same thing?” I didn’t know and more honestly (and what I thought made it worse), I didn’t even care.
Why was I in fashion design, again? I felt like a fraud.
Despite all those doubts from looking around at everyone else, I quickly went on to having a successful design career. I got a job while in school and I want to say the rest was history. But no, it was a combination of a lotta God and a lotta hard work.
Opportunities arose and I went for them. I worked so hard to move up at work that I couldn’t finish my ONE LAST CLASS required to graduate. I retook it 3 times but was working 60+ hours/week until finally, by the time my classmates had graduated, I had not only moved up from an assistant but had already designed a Macy’s best seller.
I’m sharing this story because I want you to know that it doesn’t matter what other people are doing or what their journey looks/looked like. I want to encourage and remind you that you are uniquely you and were created with a purpose, to bring something only YOU can bring to this world. And how you get there is going to look vastly different from everyone else.