Spotlight: Mandy Fierens of The Curvy Model

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Mandy Fierens is a force to be reckoned with! She's rockin' the world of fashion through her blog, The Curvy Model and through her work as a as a ModStylist at Modcloth.com. Her latest entrepreneurial pursuit? She's currently designing her own plus size clothing line!

And guess what: she was just featured in Seventeen Magazine!

We can't wait to see what's next for Mandy. Enjoy her Q&A!

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Introduce yourself and business as if you were speaking from the cockpit.
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! This is your captain Mandy Fierens speaking. I am a one-woman show typically in my endeavors of fashion blogging, plus size modeling, photographing, designing clothing, and styling (at ModCloth.com). I am recently on the biggest excursion of my life thus far, which is starting my own plus size clothing line! Keep your eyes peeled for some updates about that on my main communication line: my blog (thecurvymodel.com).

When did you earn your wings?
I have messed around with the idea of starting a clothing line for a while, but now I actually have the dresses designed the process of getting them made to sell is a tough thing.

If you could name a nail polish color after yourself or your business, what would it be?
My nail color would be called 'rainbows and butterflies', because at times that is how I see the fashion world that I am trying to break into. I am too optimistic sometimes.

Not all flights are smooth. Tell us about how you handle turbulence in your business.
I have had many forces try to pull my plane down, however I keep thinking of ways to pull it back up again. There are many times where I wonder to myself, 'is it worth it?' then I quickly remind myself that it is.

Who is the wind beneath your wings?
The biggest wind beneath my wings is Aimee the CEO of MadisonPlus.com! She is always answering my questions and helping me in any way she can. She is awesome, driven, and all knowing.

Advice to other women as they navigate the business world?
My biggest piece of advice is to 'follow your dreams' I lived most of my life thinking I had to go through life like everyone else did. Go to college, get a job in a tall building, go home and watch TV, and repeat. If you follow you dreams hard enough, they will come true. You have to believe in yourself.