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Published on 4/26/2024 TWIF Magazine Kids Special Editio April 2024 Issue 6

Can you tell me a little bit about Charlie Designs?

My family has been very supportive of me. We moved from Ohio almost 5 years ago so I could be an actress. While I still love acting and voiceover work I have had the chance to express my creativity through fashion and design. I came up with my logo, butterflies have many meanings to me, and Charlie Designs is actually a verb so I like to think I am always doing something. My motto is “Made Unique Like You. Be Style. Be You.” because everyone is unique and has something that makes them special. I like to make custom orders so no one will ever have a dress or clothing just like you.

Who inspires you?

I have many people that inspire me in different ways. First my grandpa told me I would do big things and I love to think he is watching and knows I am doing my very best. Hedy Lamarr was an actress, model, scientist and inventor.

I love that she is a great example for me to do all the things I love. You don’t have to chose just one thing in your life. Do all the things that make you happy and help others too. Betty White is also an inspiration to me because she loved animals and people too. She is an example of why I try to inspire others that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are or where you are from. We can all be creative, share our love for things that make us happy and make a difference.

How did you start making your designs?

I used to take anything I could get my hands on and cut and sew them to make clothes for my dolls. Socks, scrap fabric, anything. Then I started drawing dresses and my mom said, “Hey did you know I can sew?” She told me that I had a beautiful talent and she taught me how to make patterns and sew. She still helps me a lot because we have to work really fast sometimes but I love that I will always have something new to learn and she is always there to help me. After seeing people like my first few dresses I made my dress for the Miss West Coast Pageant and have made some pretty special custom orders too. I was a featured designer in 11 shows in 2023 and already had a few amazing events this year. I love each opportunity to grow and share.

Sometimes ideas just come to me and I have to just draw them right away and sometimes I go find fabrics I like first then draw my design. I love when someone asks me to make them a custom order for a special event or something that is just for them.

Do you have future goals with your design career?

I was blessed with so many opportunities already and I feel like there is a lot more to come in the future. I would love to someday be able to make wardrobes for t.v. shows and movies. I think my favorite things right now are sharing and inspiring others to just do it!

What else do you enjoy?

I love everything about nature. I love to go to the beach and hike mountains too. I enjoy baking and cooking. Because I attend an online school, I can learn so much more and still have the time to do things like travel or explore and learn history and many other things. I also like to help in my community and any time a show or event includes helping a non-profit I do my best to support.


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