Speaking at the White House Fashion Education Workshop Wednesday, Michele Obama may have revealed a little more about her choice of undergarments than most would like to know.
The event was geared toward young people interested in the fashion industry, so the first lady used Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, as an example of how perseverance pays off. For those who may not know, Spanx produces form-fitting women’s undergarments intended to make the wearer look more slim and shapely.
The first lady provided Blakely’s background, explaining:
“Just take Sara Blakely, for example. After she graduated from college, Sara worked at Disney World … and then she went on to sell fax machines for an office supply company. And then she got this idea, and she took a risk – she devoted her entire savings, $5,000, to start her own company.”
“She spent two years planning and researching her new business ideas in the nights while she was still selling fax machines. She pitched her idea to factories and mills, asking them to help her make the product a reality, and of course, she was turned down again and again and again. But finally, a manager at a factory liked her idea, and today, 14 years later, Sara’s idea, Spanx, is a multibillion-dollar company with products selling in more than 50 countries.”
“And we all wear them – with pride!” she exclaimed.
So that’s how she gets that shapely figure!
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