Happy Friday friends! Hope your week has been fabulous!
I am grateful for the incredible (and profound and productive) week I have had! (it’s about time…) I am even more thankful for amazing family, friends, associates and colleagues in my life, who love me, inspire me, encourage me, support me, pray for me, help me grow, personally and professionally and contribute to my happiness in life, so I can share and spread joy to all! Thank you everyone!
You may have noticed, in my blog post of August 24, 2020, I mentioned I would feature more stories about some brilliant women who pursued their dreams later in life and succeeded!
I am a woman of my word. Here is another story in my series on:
“It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.”
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” - Albert Einstein
This is why I am sharing stories of inspiration and encouragement with you. :-)
Today I am sharing Diane Gilman’s incredible story about pursuing your dreams!
It is “A Real-Life Rags-to-Riches” story that is ahhh-mazing!!
Diane Gilman is a famous American Fashion Designer, Television personality, Author and contributing writer. She is known as the “Jean Queen.”
Here is a resilient, determined woman (I admire women who have these qualities) who survived major trauma in her early years as a child, with a violent, abusive father and a cold, unprotecting mother. In her words: “I sometimes describe my childhood as: “growing up Addams Family in a Leave It to Beaver world - long on abuse, but short on love.” Despite such a challenging homelife, she overcame her demons and made it her mission to help others follow their dreams.
She was only two years old when she drew her first outfit; a polka dot dress on a stick figure. When she was eight years old, she had a sewing machine, which was a secret that hid under her bed; her first dresses were sewed during the night. This became her lifelong dream later in life to move to New York and become a fashion designer. (which she very successfully accomplished) While studying at the University of California, she established her first fashion store called “I’m a Hog for you Baby!”
She became famous (she started out as a small-time”hippie designer”) in the 1960’s for dressing rock stars of America, designed custom made jeans for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and more. Her neighbours in San Francisco were the Rock ‘n’Roll band Jefferson Airplane. How cool is that? I would have loved to live there! She moved to New York City in the 1970’s opening up a small boutique.
She didn't earn a lot of money until the mid 1990’s, when she was in her late 40’s.
I absolutely love her “Why.” Check out her book and bio.
Diane wrote a book in 2013, called “Good Jeans: 10 Simple Truths about Feeling Great, Staying Sexy, & Aging Agelessly. It is predominantly biographical, yet she uses her story as an inspiration and encouragement to women, for them to pursue their dreams, thereby regaining a larger sense of self-fulfillment and entitlement, which sometimes has diminished due to constraints and expectations of society put upon women beyond a certain age. Yes!! I love this!
In May 2014, which was the 20th Anniversary on the retail network HSN Home Shopping Network, Diane Gilman’s empire was worth more than $150 Million!! WOW!! Thee #1 selling fashion brand, also sells tops and sandals. The focus is on providing casual, comfortable clothing for women.
Diane Gilman lives in a plus apartment overlooking Central Park and is in her mid-70’s!
Pursue your dreams friends! The time is now! Have a fantastic weekend!
What dreams do you have or are you pursuing? Feel free to be brave and share below.
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