"I didn't want another young, smart, talented boy or girl from my hometown or similar to grow up without words of encouragement. I knew it was my mission to create a safe & innovative space to say - Hey, I see you. And you are smart, beautiful and talented."
On this episode of EvolveHer Unpacked, Amanda and Alicia sit down with Robin Harris, the Founder & CEO of Model Atelier, a luxury fashion brand for the Vertically Blessed & Shop.Confidence, an athleisure line that raises money for Chicago Public School student & "confidence chats".
Robin grew up as the youngest of six children in North Lawndale and battled with her own struggle with confidence over the years. In this episode we unpack the pivotal moments throughout Robin's journey and learn about the time she realized her height was actually a very valuable asset. Soon after, Robin launched a global modeling career with Ford Models and was inspired to go back to school to get an MBA and create a luxury fashion line. Model Atelier quickly caught the attention of the vertically blessed players of the WNBA and working together they took her platform to the next level. Robin's story is an inspiration to us all and reminds us how important it is to embrace & celebrate every aspect of ourselves.
MORE ABOUT ROBIN HARRIS:
The founder of MODEL ATELIER, Robin Harris, is a former fashion model represented by Ford Models, with an MBA in International Business. Robin Harris has been in the fashion industry for over 15 years, traveled the world working as a professional model, designer and creative director.
Robin created MODEL ATELIER to fill the void and frustration that tall women have when it comes to finding stylish clothes that’s the perfect fit and length. She took her company from dream to reality by separating the brand from its competitors and became the first official fashion boutique of WNBA teams and the WNBPA.
Model Atelier has been worn by world renowned athletes such as Candace Parker, Cappie Pondexter, Cheyenne Parker, Stefanie Dolson, and Nneka Ogwumike. Clients have worn Model Atelier on the red carpets to the ESPYS, OSCARS, WNBA ALL Star, TV shows, and more.
She's listed as Crain's 40 under 40, and has been featured in renowned fashion and business magazines and now she's on a mission to use fashion to empower and boost the confidence of young girls worldwide.
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Alicia Driskill, Founder of EvolveHer, curates events and workshops that help women evolve and live a life they love. Prior to launching evolveHer, Alicia worked as VP of Global Partnerships at WME | IMG, one of the world’s most innovative companies. She also served as a Senior Executive at Live Nation and People.com. After a 17 yr career in entertainment & media working alongside the industry’s elite, Alicia decided to evolve her own career path and disrupt the Chicago market by opening EvolveHer, Chicago’s first creative workspace designed for women. Alicia also serves as an active Luminary Member of Step Up, a non-profit organization that helps girls fulfill their potential. Follow Alicia on Instagram and LinkedIn.
Amanda Chin, Partner and Head of Growth of EvolveHer, is a sales leader and business development strategist with over a decade of experience scaling businesses and brands. She has partnered with global Fortune 500 brands in digital marketing strategy and business development. Amanda most recently was VP of Sales at an award-winning marketing technology company, Amobee, where she built and led the social advertising business. In addition to her role at EvolveHer, Amanda has a consulting business focused on business development and scale for entrepreneurs and growth based companies. Follow Amanda on Instagram and LinkedIn.
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