Quotes by: Sara Blakely

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Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely (2014)
Born (1971-02-27) February 27, 1971 (age 45)
Clearwater, Florida, United States
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Alma mater Florida State University
Occupation Businessperson
Known for Founder and owner of Spanx
Minority owner of the Atlanta Hawks
Net worth US$1billion (September 2013)[1]
Spouse(s) Jesse Itzler
Children 4

My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don't be afraid to fail.
Sara Blakely
My saddlebags are why Spanx exist! Now that I have a baby I also have a muffin top.
Sara Blakely
What I most identify with is effortless fashion, looking as if someone's not put a lot of effort into their look.
Sara Blakely
I grew up in a house where my father encouraged my brother and me to fail. I specifically remember coming home and saying, 'Dad, Dad, I tried out for this or that and I was horrible,' and he would high-five me and say, 'Way to go.'
Sara Blakely
I'll mix a lot of things. I'll wear a Temperley dress with flip flops, or I might be in head-to-toe Gucci and have on a ring that I got from a gumball machine for 50 cents.
Sara Blakely
I have this system where if I buy three or four new things, I give away three or four things. Sometimes, it's a very painful system, but shopping is even better when you know that someone else who needs it will be getting. Keep the clothing karma going, I say.
Sara Blakely
Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' is my go-to song to pump myself up if I'm having a tough time or if I get really nervous right before a speech.
Sara Blakely
The word 'Spanx' was funny. It made people laugh. No one ever forgot it.
Sara Blakely
I didn't like the way it looked in white trousers, and I couldn't find anything to work underneath them.
Sara Blakely
I cut the feet off of a pair of panty hose and it allowed me to wear a pair of great strappy sandals. I didn't see lines but the hose rolled up at my feet - and that's how Spanx born.
Sara Blakely
I cut the feet out of my control top pantyhose to wear under these white pants and that was the ah-ha moment that started Spanx. My own butt was my own inspiration!
Sara Blakely
Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.
Sara Blakely
I was trying to convince all these men to try to make a product that they didn't even wear! Or if they did wear them, they were not admitting it! There was the problem right there. No wonder their hosiery was so uncomfortable.
Sara Blakely
I'd never worked in fashion or retail. I just needed an undergarment that didn't exist.
Sara Blakely
In the next decade, I see Spanx going worldwide. Everywhere. No butt left behind. It's going to be all over the world and it's going to be an aspirational brand that transcends categories. There's so many things we can improve upon and make better.
Sara Blakely
It's important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.
Sara Blakely
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