I was raised by a registered nurse and a robbery detective, and my love for fashion and creativity did not go over well with my traditional parents.
But I was never swayed from my true passion—I was only drawn in closer.
Soon I became immersed in the world of YouTube. Through the internet, I could remove myself from my small town and see the world and what it had to offer. After months of watching others, I was able to transform a soft spoken country girl into Glamaholic54. I kept the account completely secret from my friends or family.
It wasn’t until a year later that my Mom found my YouTube fashion videos on the computer. She then realized that I had found my passion, and she was willing to help me succeed.
The summer of my junior year, she allowed me to attend a summer program through the LIM Fashion Education Department in Manhattan, NY. My parents felt that this would allow me the opportunity to see if fashion was something I really wanted to pursue. That opportunity confirmed what I already knew. There, I was able to explore fashion forecasting, visual merchandising, public relations, fashion design and many other related paths.
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) had always been the top college I wanted to attend. My senior year, I started the application process but stopped in fear of not being accepted. Instead I chose to attend a more traditional college with a major in fashion merchandising. Just a freshman in college, I was determined to maintain an above average GPA and to be as involved in campus activities as possible. I had one more shot at going to the school of my dreams and I wasn’t going to mess it up this time.