Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Haney.
Tiffany, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, it actually all started with a vision to create a line of clothes for tall women. My business partner and I have always had a hard time finding fashion-forward pieces that fit both our size and height properly so in 2017 we flew to Las Vegas for the Magic trade show. There we met some great wholesalers, manufacturers, and fashion consultants. One, in particular, advised that we start an Instagram page that was fashion-oriented to drive fashion enthusiasts to our page, that way when we launched the consumers would hopefully be there ready to buy. In the midst of that, my then business partner and I decided it was best to go our separate ways due to distance and scheduling.
I went back to the drawing board to try and figure out how I was going to market my own product on my own. I didn’t have a clear vision yet but I kept working in hopes I would find inspiration. I bought a camera and did my best to have my family and friends take photos for me. I’m not a professional photographer or makeup artist but I did the best that I could with what I had. And pretty much right away people started asking me to do small brand collabs. That gave me the merchandise I needed to really have something to work with to create content. Then one day, I got asked to model by a well-known brand Fashion Q. I was stoked! It was an opportunity I never thought I’d get. That’s when I began to take modeling seriously.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not lol. I was in the middle of a career change, working a 9 to 5, studying for a state exam to get licensed, trying to find my future husband by way of dating lol. I didn’t know what I was doing. I had my first designer quit in the middle of our first project for the tall line.
Some of the people in my circle of friends that didn’t understand what I was trying to do refused to help me. People turned their backs on me, talked about me, laughed at me, you name it. But I had to keep going no matter what.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Although everyone knows me as a fashionista, I’m also a licensed life insurance agent and retirement planner. I feel it’s very important to know what you have and plan for the future. After Fashion Q, I was asked to model for another e-commerce site so I’m really excited about that.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, success is taking risks, doing that thing that keeps you up at night, even when you’re not getting paid yet and having a loving and supportive team along the way. For me, it’s a mindset more than anything. If you can stay consistent through all of the challenges, then there’s no way you won’t reach your ultimate goal.
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- Instagram: @tiffanyhaney_