Chocolate-Covered PLUS Model/Fashion Designer/Entrepreneur MONIF "MONIF C" CLARKE is celebrating her 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY In The FASHION INDUSTRY, and she covers the November 2015 issue of DAILY VENUS DIVA!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
DailyVenusDiva.com: How does it feel to be celebrating your ten year anniversary?
Monif Clarke: It feels surreal. What started as a passion project has grown into a seven-figure, international business. We have a new Manhattan showroom, an amazing team, and the most loyal customers.
Ten years in business took a lot of hard work- and it has surely paid off. I am grateful for the opportunity to wake up each day and help further the message of body confidence within the plus-size community.
DVD: Are you surprised that you’re still going strong after all of these years?
MC: After a decade in the industry, nothing surprises me anymore. I am, however, blessed to still be in business – as I have seen many small businesses within the industry close their doors over the years.
DVD: When you started designing, who were you designing for and how has your focus evolved?
MC: I started designing for myself! I am a plus-size woman and just wanted stylish clothes that fit me and looked great. My thought process was if I ‘m frustrated, there are women just like me who are also. I just hoped that if I loved the garment, the customer would also. I wear every single garment that Monif C. releases. If a dress is going to go to customers, I want to be sure it is flattering and stylish.
DVD: What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned during your years in business?
MC: My mother, who taught me the importance of being happy regardless of what you see in your physical manifestation, always used to say “happy begets happy” -and it’s true! The happier and more grateful you are for the blessings you experience in life, the more you see abundance and success in business and beyond.
DVD: Where do draw inspiration from and what inspired your 10th-anniversary collection?
MC: Monif C. customers! We brought back some of the most iconic Monif C. dresses in custom colors (ivory, gold, and maroon) for our first Collection preview. All year long we are asking women to submit their favorite Monif C. styles to be re-launched in the limited edition Anniversary colors using #MonifCTurns10. We will continue to launch new limited-edition styles through 2016.