My sister and I grew up in a family where our mother and her sisters were very strong women. They were the ones who wore the trousers in the house – yet this was in disguise. While growing up, we didn’t really have a father figure to look up to so bit by bit my sister and I tended to stay away from most of the girlie stuff including not liking the colour pink or girlish clothes. I prefer listening to songs by Fall Out Boy, Linken Park, Kelly Clarkson rather than Taylor Swift – I used to think her message is lame, depending on boys and always wanting to fall in love with her romantic lovey-dovey songs. I am more mature now, I do listen to low-key Taylor Swift songs and think she is cool in a way. Haha I guess sometimes it’s the environment and it’s subjects that impacts and defines us.
What insecurities have you overcome that held you back in the past?
It’s hard to tell. I have these up and down moods where I can appear to be confident and comfortable with myself yet the next minute I am a mess! Worrying about my weight, body image, validation of others, and how good I am as a fashion designer.
What are your favourite aspects of your personality?
Hmmm…Friends and sometimes people that I barely know tell me personal stuff and their problems. I could say that I am a good listener and that i don’t judge people based on right or wrong straight away. I believe there are two sides to every story.
Who do you look up to as a role model?
This sounds cliche but definitely my mom. There are somethings that I don’t completely agree with her but she has held everything together for so long and sacrificed so much for the family so that my sister and I could have a comfortable life. I am still amazed she hasn’t given after all these years but that is because she has her children to keep on going which is even more touching. If it wasn’t for her, i wouldn’t have even had the chance to study fashion.
What advice would you give to your 12 year old self?
The world isn’t as cruel as you think it is. Learn to accept kindness from others. There are good people out there who are willing to give love for free and lend a helping hand without wanting anything in return. but most importantly, to quote Nike – Just Do It!Choo Sue Lynn wears Sarah T shirt, Lilian linen shirt, and Divine Feminine Tee: https://ararose.clothing