1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Although it is quite personal, something not too many people know about me is that I struggled with an eating disorder for a very long time. I have since come to learn that comparing yourself to others and constantly judging your own appearance will only bring you further away from a fulfilled life. You have to embrace yourself, your flaws and insecurities, because they make you who you are. You are beautiful and special by being exactly yourself, and I now take pride in the things that set me apart from my peers.
2. What are your biggest passions and hobbies?
My biggest passion is definitely design. I love clothes and how people make them their own, I think they are an amazing way to express yourself. As for hobbies, I love to write and sing. I journal almost daily and it is my biggest outlet, I honestly don’t know if I could make it through the day without letting out my thoughts. My mom always sang to me and my brother when we were little and it is something we both picked up on and grew to love, although I am not very good at it I could sing my heart out all day, but only my shower knows that!
3. What are your goals for the future?
Right now I am working on getting recognized in the fashion industry, I hope to one day be able to share my passion and creativity with the world and start my own business but it takes a lot of patience and I’m willing to wait as long as possible.
4. What is your definition of success?
For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for helping people. I’ve always volunteered at non profit organizations like samaritans feet and room in the inn. To be successful is to make an impact in the world, to not only make something of yourself but to better the lives of the people around you. I want to make an impact on the world.
5. Tell us something about the projects you’ve been working on?
I am currently working on releasing my first line for my new brand United the label, which will premier this summer 2018:) I will be working to make clothes that make anyone feel beautiful. Every pair of pants, every top, even every bathing suit will be made to flatter any and every body type. I feel as though labels such as plus sized create divides and they should be disposed of. When my brand begins to take off I will be investing 20% of my profits into the Duke Hospital Eating Disorder Recovery program!