#FearlessFridays BE THE NEXT BLAIR WALDORF

January 31, 2020

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The way that I entered the fashion industry when I was 14 was through New York Fashion Week. I found an email online for the head of PR at BCBGMAXAZRIA and I pitched her. She invited me down to the show and I think my life really changed during that month. I went from an insecure, little 14-year-old to finally feeling like I had a place where I fit in for the first time in my life.

I’m busy planning the Be Fearless Summit which is April 1 at UC Berkeley and because of that I won’t go to Fashion Week this year. So I want one of you to experience Fashion Week instead of me!

Rules: you must comment on my latest Instagram post and tell me why you want to attend the shows, plus you must be over 16 (or have parental approval) and a way to get to New York. Once you’re here, I’ll hook you up with $150 towards a hotel for one night plus the opportunity to attend fashion week as me. Send me pictures afterwards!

This giveaway will run from today until Monday. Brownie points if you comment below why you deserve to come!

GOOD LUCK!

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    (Part 2 of comment)
    Your speech taught me that’s it all about confidence and not being afraid of failing (cause it gets easier!). And to be honest, when I reflect on my own life, I see that this is true. Growing up as a child of immigrant parents, there have always been words in English that I haven’t been able to pronounce because of my accent (my first language is Hindi). This resulted in me having to go to a speech therapist for pretty much my whole life. I’ve been going to the same therapist for the last 7 years, and yet I still have some struggles with English. For the longest time, I felt that I just didn’t fit in because of my accent and how different it was from the other voices that surrounded me.

    Where I felt like words failed me, art and design filled that gap. I had always had a knack for questioning things and it led me to think differently than most people did. In 2014, I entered California Energy Commission’s Calendar Design Contest as a third grader. We needed to draw how we envisioned the future of energy. I remember the night I learned about the competition so well. I spent hours brainstorming my idea, and it was as if, I had never been more motivated before. There is only so much I can describe about that feeling in words. A few weeks later, I found out I won, and was also the youngest winner in the 30 years of the annual competition! It was then that I realized I had passion for art and an eye for design. I demonstrated this further a few years later when I won NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and my drawing was sent outer space to the ISS Station. I was extremely excited, since I was picked out of millions of kids across the globe to display my art! I learned that I had talent, I just needed to believe in myself. And it is the same way for everyone else too. Believing in yourself can take you a long way! (Part 3)

    (Part 2 of comment)

    But your speech taught me that’s it all about confidence and not being afraid of failing (cause it gets easier!). And to be honest, when I reflect on my own life, I see that this is true. Growing up as a child of immigrant parents, there have always been words in English that I haven’t been able to pronounce because of my accent (my first language is Hindi). This resulted in me having to go to a speech therapist for pretty much my whole life. I’ve been going to the same therapist for the last 7 years, and yet I still have some struggles with English. For the longest time, I felt that I just didn’t fit in because of my accent and how different it was from the other voices that surrounded me.

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