Obama made the confession during a “fashion education workshop” event which featured young people from across the U.S. who aspire to be fashion designers.
Obama mentioned Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx, as a role model in the fashion world.
“She spent two years planning and researching her new business ideas in the nights while she was still selling fax machines,” Obama said. “She pitched her idea to factories and mills, asking them to help her make the product a reality, and of course, she was turned down again and again and again. But finally, a manager at a factory liked her idea, and today, 14 years later, Sara’s idea, Spanx, is a multibillion-dollar company with products selling in more than 50 countries.”
“And we all wear them with pride,” she added to applause and laughter.
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