Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Love.
Jennifer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a young girl traveling the world, living in Paris, France, Niger, Cameroon, Amsterdam, and London. I remember the unique and sophisticated pieces of clothing women wore. The prints of the fabric to the cut and watching how it made them feel when they walked out. It was like watching glamorous stars on the red carpet. That inspired me to want to learn more about fashion. However, that did not happen, it seems that things changed and I lost sight of my love for fashion and started to work at a Nuclear Plants, as an Industrial Painter one year after I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Psychology. I had to pay the bills, and student loans were piling up. Another three years I started to notice that I was not living my best life and this was not where I belonged.So, in June 2015, I decided that it was up to me to make my dream come true. I started on a spiritual journey and began to get closer to God. That was when Bodylicious Couture was started. I was originally going to call my clothing brand Bootylicious after hearing the Destiny’s Child song, but I later found out when getting a trademark that someone already owned the name. After a week trying to figure out a name, I changed my focused and wanted my brand to be a women’s clothing brand that empowered women. That is when I came up with Bodylicious Couture. I wanted women to embrace and love their bodies no matter what size they were. That they were beautiful, sexy, classic, and Bodylicious.Once I had a name, Bodylicious Couture, I started to work on my first collection called Passport 2 Freedom. The reason I called my first collection Passport 2 Freedom, was because the nine pieces give the versatility to wear it two ways. Even though there are nine pieces, there are about 16 different looks. Plus, I felt that I had finally understood what it felt to be free from letting go of all the fear I had to walk away from a steady paycheck and work on building an empire that I could pass to my future children one day. To build something with my heart, sweat, and tears. That was a representation of me and my passion that I fell in love with as a little girl.
Today, I have launched my incredible Collection Passport 2 Freedom, with rave reviews. I am excited about what the future holds with more amazing and edgy pieces to come. Bodylicious Couture will be a brand I know that will stand the test of time. It will be a brand that stands on its own, not looked at or compared to another brand.
I have now realized my dream and the journey I came through to get here is showcased in my collection that you can view on www.bodyliciouscouture.com.
Has it been a smooth road?
It was definitely not a smooth road, life happens. I always hear people say that. When I graduated from college, reality set in, and I had to get a job. It was hard to find something in my field of psychology. I didn’t want to go to grad school to build on more student loan debt. I did not know what to do. It was not until I started on my spiritual journey to get closer to God. To learn to get out of my way and have faith and trust not just in God but also myself.
Once I started to see things clearly, I made the move to just do it. Take the leap and transition to living my dream. Breathing and being in the moment of not being afraid to take the chance. I took the money I made at my last two Nuclear plants outage jobs and invested in my business Bodylicious Couture.
The advice I would give women, Particularly young women is fall. Meaning trust that God will catch you and start now. Don’t put it off when you save enough money, or you get a promotion, or you waiting for a better opportunity, do it now. There is nothing like the present. You are the one in control of your choice, destiny, and life. Do, don’t talk, just leave a trail of receipts.
We’d love to hear more about Bodylicious Couture.
Bodylicous Couture is a high fashion women’s clothing brand that is very versatile. I am proud of the fact that my clothing line is truly set apart from other brands you see. It is edgy, chic, unique, classic, and sophisticated. My brand allows women to go through their day without having to go home and change their clothes. In a minute you can have a different look with just zipping a piece of the Travel skirt or reversing the Passport Stamp top. It is perfect for the entrepreneur, the busy mom, student. Businesswoman, wife or single women needing to change for a date.
What sets my clothes apart, even more, you will have to go to bodyliciouscouture.com and see for yourself.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
The first women to inspire me were my Grandmother, mother, and aunts. They all taught me to dream and know that I could do anything I put my mind too. Their fashion looks when I would see pictures, helped me created some of the looks you will see in my collection Passport 2 Freedom. Being part of a great legacy of my cousin Bessie Smith the ‘Empress of Blues’, I knew I had big shoes to fill. I am truly honored to work toward filling them. I am building a company that their faith in me will be passed on to the next generation.
My other inspiration was the women I saw on my travels and the amazing women that I encounter every day. The Bodylicious Couture women that are running the world. Keep me on the plus of being part of a generation of herstory makers. They are all my Sheros.
Jennifer Love by Bodylicious Couture