Meet Blaise McCann she has an online marketplace for curvy womenCreative Folk, Entrepreneurs | April 9, 2018
It all started with a goal to chat to entrepreneurs over 60. Then out of curiosity we decided to chat to entrepreneurs under 30. We believe these two very vast generations can learn and grow from each other.
This week we head to Sydney Australia and chat with Blaise McCann founder and CEO of Hear Us Roar an online marketplace for curvy fashion.
Can you tell us a little about your business and what you do?
I own an online marketplace that aggregates amazing curvy designers from Australia and internationally. I run the whole company from conversations with new suppliers to marketing to customer delivery. I am a passionate advocate for the curvy customer.
What motivated you to start your own business?
I’ve been a plus size model for the past 10 years and the brands I was working for were not catering to the younger generations of curvy woman. Very dowdy and outdated. In particular – I was at a runway show for a major department store and the plus size models looked so out of date and the straight sized models were in these amazing beautiful clothes for everyday and at that moment I felt so frustrated that this was all that was on offer for plus size. So I started Hear Us Roar – I poured my frustration into the business.
What were some of the struggles you faced when you first started?
It’s probably easier to answer what was easy! I didn’t know anything about anything. My biggest struggle was money to begin with, but as you go you learn hacks and you start to experiment and see what works. I learnt as much as I could as quickly as I could. The biggest challenge was navigating online – I’ve been in sales and face to face sales is so different to selling online!
What are some of the most important lessons you have learnt in life?
Cheesy – but, never give up. Its so easy to walk away, but once you have started something its sheer determination and grit that keeps things going. I’ve also learnt on the complete opposite side to this – self care is just as important as working hard. My favourite mantra is from Dita Von Teese she once said “You can be the juiciest, ripest peach – but there will always be someone who doesn’t like peaches.”
What do you like most about having your own business?
You and you alone are building something although I do have a business partner that started working with me about two months ago, what’s awesome about it is that you look at something and think about it and then next minute – you have a real living breathing result. Its such an awesome feeling creating things!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
University isn’t the be all or end all. There is more to life than books and remembering information. The bad will always swing to good eventually. Have dreams and don’t ever be afraid to chase them.
Who is an older person that you admire and why?
Chelsea Bonner – an inspiration to me from when we first started working together. She is my modelling agent, she built her agency off the back of a dream. She built it with vision and excitement and love. She has also done it with grace, always kind and takes the high road in unpleasant moments. She is an amazing woman to have around me!
If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?
Hmm – probably the 1970’s. I’m Bohemian at heart and the ideas that they spread have truly shifted the world.
Anything else you would like to add?
The fashion for curvy women is truly under represented. The average Australian woman is a Size 16 – plus size starts at Size 14, so major brands that aren’t paying attention to this are simply missing out on good business opportunities. I’ve found a market underserved and ripe for innovation and shakeup.