By Amanda Montgomery

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You may or may not know Sara Blakely's name, but when you want to smooth out under that bodycon dress, you have her to thank for it! Blakely, the inventor of Spanx, came from her own personal need, she says "Spanx really came from my own butt, I did not like the way that it looked in white pants." She initially kept her idea and plans a secret from even those closest to her, to protect the, now billion dollar idea, from being squashed by the concerns of others. 

From begging manufacturers to produce her footless pantyhose, to cold-calls to Neiman Marcus, where she took the buyer to the bathroom for a little show-and-tell; she had to hustle as the only member of her team. She even had to learn patent law from a book, as she could not afford a patent lawyer at the time. Her biggest break came in 2000, when Oprah Winfrey declared a brand called Spanx, was one of her "favorite things," and the rest was history. In her first year of business the revenue was $4 million off a single $20 item.

Still to this day Blakely owns 100% of the $400 million company, because of this she now has the honour of being the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. She has hustled throughout the whole process, and is an inspiration of a women who broke through, battling self-doubt, naysayers, and rejection, and has an inspiring story of perserverance.  

10 Quotes that prove why Sara Blakely is our WCW! 

1. "I had $5000 in savings, and an idea, and some cellulite, thank God!"

2. "My dad encouraged us to fail growing up. He would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome--failure is not trying. Don't be afraid to fail."

3. “I have this system where if I buy three or four new things, I give away three or four things. Sometimes, it’s a very painful system, but shopping is even better when you know that someone else who needs it will be getting. Keep the clothing karma going, I say.”

4. "There is a hidden blessing in the most traumatic things we go through in our lives. My brain always goes to, 'Where is the hidden blessing? What is my gift?"

5. “Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ is my go-to song to pump myself up if I’m having a tough time or if I get really nervous right before a speech.”

6. “Don’t let what you don’t know scare you, because it can become your greatest asset. And if you do things without knowing how they have always been done, you’re guaranteed to do them differently.”

7. “I always joke and say I want to invent a comfortable stiletto and then retire.”

8. “When I’m bored or tired of being blonde, I’ll throw on a wig. It’s a lot less of a permanent way to change your look, and I have about 10 – all different colors, shapes, bobs, long hair, short, feathered.”

9. “I’d get kicked out of buildings all day long, people would rip up my business card in my face. It’s a humbling business to be in. But I knew I could sell and I knew I wanted to sell something I had created. I cut the feet out of those pantyhose and I knew I was on to something. This was it.”

10. "Arriving at this level of success, and knowing that I got here by being true and authentic and kind,  that's more important to me than the destination or where I've ended up."

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