How to Turn Personal Struggles Into a Career
Fashion is an industry, but style is for everybody.
We have all had trouble accepting ourselves the way we are. Sometimes, people use clothes and fashion as a way to cover up who they are, or to beat people to the punch of putting them in a box.
But fashion can also be impressive, thought provoking, and a way to get what you want. That’s what I’m talking to Stacy London about today.
If you haven’t heard of Stacy, you are missing out. She is a veteran TV host, having been on What Not to Wear for ten years, and just recently launching her new show Love, Lust, or Run. But she’s also a stylist, an author, and a woman with an infection sense of energy and authenticity.
I can’t wait for you to hear her story of battling multiple diseases, hunting for her perfect job, and how she’s changing the world, one outfit at a time.
For all the negative messages that loop in all of our heads about what we’re not, I try to use style to dislodge that kind of negativity.
Some things we learn in this podcast:
- What the title of her new show on TLC means [4:00]
- Translating your style into your message to the world [5:10]
- How to develop your sense of style [5:45]
- Different clothes make you feel different [6:50]
- How changing your style can shake up your brain [7:20]
- How her health problems led to her interest in fashion [13:45]
- The value of getting fired [18:05]
- Her transition from fashion styling to personal styling and shopping [19:20]
- How she first got on TV [20:00]
- The success of What Not to Wear [22:45]
- The three E’s of good reality television: entertainment, education, and emotions [24:55]
- How to offer good, constructive criticism [26:20]
- Stacy’s involvement in anti-bulling campaigns [28:55]
- Why her anger and sadness affected her career [32:40]
- How Love, Lust, or Run, her new TV show, is different [36:55]
- What it means to fit one’s body in clothing [39:20]
- Why self knowledge, intention, and purpose are important in fashion [41:30]
- There’s a way to express anger without making people afraid of you [47:35]
- Why we all need to pull ourselves away from the mirror sometimes [48:00]
- The difference between a good stylist and a great stylist [50:35]
- The power of “Yes and” in fashion: the “yes” is self acceptance and self awareness, and the “and” is all about creativity and beauty [54:15]
- The importance of being able to accept and move on [55:15]
- Why you have to give yourself permission to do what is best for you [57:45]
- On being a product of the fallout and failures of feminism [59:40]
- Don’t sweat the small stuff; Instead, start with a core understanding of yourself [1:02:30]
- Check out Stacy’s new show, Love, Lust, or Run on TLC
- You can also check out her old show What Not to Wear
- Learn more about style in Stacy’s book, The Truth About Style
- Music Credit: Make It Last feat. JMSN by Ta-ku