Bobby Lockyer grew up with a love for fashion. Her mother taught her how to sew when she was young and she spends her time drawing ideas for dresses.
I started creating clothes for my dolls and sisters. It was something I always loved,” Bobby said. Yahoo!.
But her passion for fashion got in the way, and Bobbi said she often felt left out of the fashion world.
“I was always told that I was ‘too fat for fashion’ and that fashion was out of reach for someone like me. I was told that I couldn’t wear color and that I had to wear black because black was thin,” she said.
But as she grew older, Bobbi’s love of creating drew her back to fashion, so she decided to use her skills to make a difference.
“I wanted fashion to be something for girls like me who grew up who felt like they couldn’t be a part of it. I wanted my fashion to be accessible to all body types, body sizes and abilities,” she says.
“My passion for photography inspired me to design fashion. When I photograph my clients, I want them to feel beautiful and see themselves in a way they never see themselves.
Bobbi credits her entrepreneurial spirit to her decision to start her own fashion business.
“My dad was very entrepreneurial and always had a small business, and my mom was always creative and really encouraged my creativity,” she says.
“When I was 14 years old, I started my first business selling earrings that I made myself. From there, I think I fell in love with the idea of starting my own business. I didn’t want to do regular work for an employer. I wanted to create all day and get paid.
Bobbi has come a long way since her first business venture at the age of 14, showing her work at New York Fashion Week and in 2015. Vogue
“It’s a special feeling to be at the forefront of the fashion industry’s transition to a more inclusive and diverse space. It’s surreal to see it happen in real time,” said Bobby.
“As a child, I never saw someone like me on a balcony, let alone on a magazine cover. And it’s special for me to be a little part of this representation.
So what’s next? After recently opening her own solo exhibition titled For the oceanCombining her photography and art, Bobbi is also launching a furniture collaboration with a “really famous retailer” – so watch this space.
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