Yesterday, I was one of 15 women honored by the City of Chicago during their Women's History Month Celebration with the award of Outstanding Woman in the Field of Fashion. It was an awesome experience to have a fashion show and strut the runway in the lobby of Chicago's most powerful city building. I want to share my speech, where I took a moment to reflect on how far I've come from stay at home mom battling postpartum depression to award winning fashion entrepreneur!
If you had told me five years ago that I would be up on this stage accepting adv award for excellence in fashion I would have told you that you were crazy. At the time, I was a stay at home mom, with two babies under the age of 2, with zero experience in fashion design or retail business. I could barely sew. But I saw a fashion need which was seriously lacking. I couldn't find clothing which was stylish which also allowed me to easily breastfeed my babies. Giving birth is the most powerful thing a human being can do and I wanted to create clothing which would help women represent their strength through the transformative power of fashion. I spent a few years teaching myself fashion design by watching you tube videos and project runway and with only $5,000 of savings, I launched my line. 3 years later Leche Libre has empowered hundreds of women on 6 out of 7 continents to confidently breastfeed wherever they want in effortless style. The fact that I am on this stage today, accepting this award from the Honorable Dorothy Brown and the City of Chicago for excellence in the field of fashion is proof that anything is possible if you have the tenacity and grit to go for it! This is a true honor. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart.