Today we’d like to introduce you to Bridget Moore.
Bridget, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always loved art. I grew up in a family of artist in a small seaside town in New Jersey. So throughout my childhood, there was no shortage of being surrounded with creativity. My mother and middle sister both excelled in the art world, by the time I was nearing middle school my mother became a successfully sought-after children’s book illustrator, and my sister who was already published before she could drive was moving on to Pratt.
I’ll be honest their success both inspired me but also gave me a sense, that I would never be as good nor successful as either of them, so why should I even try? This was about the same time I started to struggle with confidence beyond my creative capabilities. The next 15 years of my life I struggled with a closeted eating disorder that left me seemingly functional, but completely crippled mentally. Art was something I didn’t think twice about. During 2014, I had hit my rock bottom and finally decided to enter recovery and essentially get my life back. It was during the start of my recovery that I realized that a true missing piece of me was the creativeness I stuffed down long ago.
So I slowly started to emerge, I switched careers from working in retail to working for an entertainment merchandising company (shoutout to BandMerch!). It’s there, where I truly got my start weaseling my way into product development, soon after doing some light design work. I took every free Photoshop and illustration tutorial under the sun. Unlike any medium, before I felt super comfortable and limitless working within Photoshop and I felt it was something that was mine. I wasn’t competing against the talent of others I found something that was different and could just be uniquely me.
In 2017, I graciously left my humble beginnings and launched into a role as a merchandiser that leaned heavily into my design skills, taking it to a new level. Slowly I am starting seeing my designs in Macy’s, Zappos, Urban Outfitters… sort of you know seeing the validation that I had some good ideas. It was that really lit the fire. Hey! I could probably do this on my own! The seed was planted. I started offering myself up to anyone that would listen to help them with projects, a flyer here, a t-shirt there, things were starting to take shape.
Then bang, or should I say bangs? In mid-June of this year, I decided to cut bangs. So I headed down to Rudy’s on Figueroa and asked for whoever was available. His name was… well, to be honest, I’m awful with names. But he was a magical man from Peru, and when he was done he spun me around in the chair and said HOW HANDSOME! Well, there it hit me. Handsome. Girl. There was my name. I literally went straight home, bought the domain, made an Instagram handle and 2 weeks later I was in business.
The idea with Handsome Girl, is I want it to be a fun and accessible creative space to help everyone and anyone. Whether it is seeing a post that makes you feel good, helping with a project, making your new favorite hat or creating a custom gift that will be remembered for a lifetime. I gotchu covered! My aim is to celebrate the beauty in the world that is body loving, strong and accepting of all types of people, regardless of how you identify.
Has it been a smooth road?
Well, as I mentioned, I had 15+ years of a pretty rocky road. So I’m thankful I’ve overcome a lot and built my own confidence. Really, it came down to realizing the only thing that was holding me back, as well… me. Since that realization, I have to say I’ve been blessed with relatively smooth sailing getting Handsome Girl up and running. But I’m still a newbie in this world! I’m sure I have some more challenges that will come my way.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Handsome Girl Designs story. Tell us more about the business.
Handsome Girl Designs is a one (handsome) girl freelance design studio based in sunny Los Angeles, California. The design industry can be intimidating and tremendously expensive, so I wanted to create a design studio that made original designs a reality for everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do; if you have a creative vision, I’m here to make it happen.
While I can really cater my style to whatever your aesthetic is, I specialize in more minimalist graphics that focus on body positivity, female empowerment, love, and overall good vibes.
What I’m most proud of as a company is being genuine. Things I post resonate closely with what I’m going through, thinking about and feeling. This genuinely just keeps electric energy that lights me up. You’ll find a lot of artwork that is centered around the female body and celebrating it. I hated my body for so many years (there are even some days I still do), but I find drawing the parts I see as beautiful is a major part of my own recovery process. I hope it can help others too.
I can’t say this sets me apart from all, but certainly some. Handsome Girl isn’t about getting rich. It’s about ignoring the rules not taking myself too seriously and having fun.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I can only hope it shifts to be a more accepting space. You’re a woman? man? non-binary? Who cares! Black, white, brown, a little mix of everything? GREAT! I don’t want anyone to feel like the body they were born in as something that holds them back. I hope we can all continue to respectfully push boundaries and let our stories and talent inspire all sorts of backgrounds, continue to contribute their definition of beauty into the world.
- Website: www.handsomegirldesigns.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @handsomegirldesigns
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handsomegirldesigns/