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Confidence Issue: Mary Wyszomierska

This week we chat to the gorgeous Mary. Total hustler, girl boss and fashion lover. One of the first TBC girls to get involved since opening our UK store. Mary talks to us about moving countries for your career and University as well as how her love of fashion and admirable work ethic came about.

Who is Mary Wyszomierska? 

A 22 year old Fashion Marketing student. Born in Poland, studying in UK. I am all about fashion and I love avocados.

What made you want to be involved in the fashion world?

I always loved dressing up and I put a lot of thought into my outfits when I was 9 or 10 but I developed my interest at the age of 15 when I set up my own brand based on personalised handmade t-shirts. Firstly, I was just making them for my family and friends but then things started getting more serious and I created a Facebook page and Instagram account for the brand and started selling them. Since that time I’ve completed a couple of internships in fashion, worked for quite a few brands and moved out to study fashion degree in UK.

What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?

Living for my passion and doing what I love the best I can. Fashion gives me a lot of confidence on a daily basis, from the way I dress through constantly developing my knowledge and broadening my interest in this area to dreaming about a bright future in the job of my dreams.

What empowers you as a woman? 

My closest friends and family that support me in my decisions.

What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that? 

Comparing myself to others often knocks down my confidence but I am usually too busy to spend more than a minute thinking about it, haha.

How has confidence helped you with moving countries and juggling studying as well as working part time in fashion? 

Moving countries for university was a big step for me but my interest and a lot of ambition reassured me in my decisions. I knew I wanted to get an education in fashion and I wouldn’t be able to get it in Poland so there was only one way for me. I am also a strong believer that there’s nothing you can’t do, so I just went for it.

What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?

Everyone is capable of doing absolutely anything. Find your strongest qualities and work with them. Don’t fear your flaws – everyone has them. Instead, find what you love doing and start doing it and when it makes you happy, you will feel more confident.

What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world? 

My staple enormous black sunglasses! It is definitely a confidence trigger.

Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I used to be a bit of a skater girl a couple years back. Nike shoes, baggy jeans, so many bright colours, I would probably never wear it again. As a teenager I was trying to fit in with my peers and today I just wear what suits my style and what I really love. My style is definitely classier and more classic now.

What women inspire you? 

Caring and ambitious women with a passion. I am lucky I know many inspiring women I’ve worked with, am friends with or they’re my family. Other than that a singer Banks is my role model on many levels – I’m just obsessed with her.

What’s your favourite piece out of The Borrowed Collective and why?

The dress that was my first rental – A Heart of Gold. It has gold details which obviously is a yes! for me and the shape I absolutely adore. I love everything about it.

 

You can find Mary on Instagram here x

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Confidence Issue: Iyia Liu

Iyia Liu first became known to us, when the media published a story on her business showcasing how a 23 year old New Zealander paid Kylie Jenner $200,000 to post a picture of her promoting Iyia’s waist trainers. Two years on and Iyia is a total girl boss, self made multi – millionaire with a few more business ventures under her Gucci belt.

Who is Iyia Liu?

24 year old girl from Auckland, North Shore! Loves dogs, fashion and food.

What made you want to be involved in the fashion/beauty world and want to create your own business within it?

I’ve always loved the idea of buying and selling online. From a young age I felt that this was a sort of passive income. You purchase something, re-brand it, market it, promote it, and it sells online, and you don’t have to do a lot or trade your time for money, so I’ve sold multiple products that I have an interest in myself.

What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?

Confidence is being able to be yourself, to be able to feel

What empowers you as a woman?

Knowledge. The more I learn, the more I feel empowered.

What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that?

Sometimes snarky comments for example on a news article, or even comparing myself to others. But I get over it pretty quickly, I just think about all the positive things in my life, and to the mean comments, I’m assuming that the people that write those comments must have a pretty dud life themselves, or they wouldn’t be spending their time, probably alone, writing nasty things about strangers online.

How has confidence helped you with starting up your waist training business and then going on to start Luxe Fitness?

There have been times where I had been embarrassed about starting my own business, in the very beginning – you know, when you’re not doing so well, and you think “people are probably making fun of me or laughing at my expense about it.”, but you sort of just need to overcome those thoughts and push on, waist trainer I was a little nervous, but Luxe Fitness I was much more confident because I knew what I was doing a little bit more.

Do you see being a successful entrepreneur helping empower other women? If so, how?

Yes – since my stories in the media, I’ve had hundreds of people, a lot of them women, contacting me that they started their own business because of my story, and that my story gave them that confidence. It’s amazing, but it’s true – if I can do it, you can do it too.

What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?

When I was younger, I really did care about what people thought about me. I would change the way I acted towards different people, some times do things out of my character just to impress people. And over time, you just learn that theres no point. Focus on yourself, focus on improving yourself, improving your life, and you’ll find you live a much happier and fulfilled life this way.

What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world?

My favourite feature are my legs, so I like to wear shorts, or a dress or skirt and heels to elongate them!

Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?

I can’t really remember what I used to wear compared to now, but I do love to wear unique and more out there stuff vs comfortable clothing, and I definitely think confidence does influencer your dress sense,

What women inspire you?

Mostly business women – Sophia Amouruso (Nastygal Founder), Kylie Jenner, Tammy Hembrow – women that are driven, strategic and smart.

What’s your favourite piece out of The Borrowed Collective and why?

Talulah Shadow Dance Crossover Minidress – I love the cut of it and the colour and frills are so pretty!

 

You can find Iyia on her website or instagram x