She is a full-time student who will be working with me 5-10 hours each week in between her busy schedule. As you know, I have big plans for 2018, and I can't do any of it alone.
So without further ado..
What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Lora Sipal (pronounced like Shh-paul), and I am from Pittsboro, North Carolina. However, my dad is from Turkey, and my mom is from America, so I am proudly a Turkish-American.
How did you decide on your major?
My major is a B.S in Fashion Design at North Carolina State University. Growing up, I was always very invested in creativity and had a strong D-I-Y attitude. Once I hit highschool, I began to care about fashion, and since I loved doing things myself, I taught myself to sew and create clothing so I could wear exactly what I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted.
As I progressed in my education I began to learn about how the fashion industry can really change the world, and how many parts of the fashion industry are oppressive and challenging (i.e, body positivity, fashion not representing everyone), and so I decided that I wanted to change these parts of an otherwise beautiful industry. Thus, I decided I wanted to get a degree in Fashion Design so that I could be better prepared to follow through with my goals.
Also, I just love sewing and creating, so I know I will never get tired of fashion design.
What's your dream career?
My dream career is to be an independent designer who creates body positive and gender accepting lingerie. I feel lingerie is the best market to target these issues because lingerie is something that is generally worn beneath the clothing that the world sees, so it is more private. This makes it a good first step for people who are questioning how their fashion sense affects them.
Furthermore, lingerie has an empowering affect on some of those who wear it, so by making it accessible and accommodating to all, I hope to empower them to feel accepted by the fashion industry, where before, they may not have felt that way.
Why are you excited about joining the ABL team?
I am excited to be joining the ABL team because I truly believe that Above The Bottom Line is an effective way to educate and inform people on how businesses are treating people and the environment. It is important to get this information out because the business world has one of the strongest abilities to change the world, and is one of the best places to track change in the world.
Keeping people up to date on these issues will allow for the general public to become more conscious consumers, which is something that I would love to see. So, being able to play any part in this makes me feel like I am accomplishing something.
Also, my own career goals are to have an ethical business, so any experience I can get in this area is greatly appreciated.
What's your favorite company/brand and why?
Right now, my favorite brand is Moons and Junes, which is a lingerie brand in Copenhagen that caters to women of many different body types. They also refrain from basing their bras off of standard measurements, which makes their bras fit in better ways. In their advertisements, they use women of many different shapes, ages, and colors which I find very empowering. Also, they are a brand that I aspire to have a brand like, so seeing them be successful makes me happy!
I also want to shout out Teen Vogue, when Elaine Welteroth became editor as Teen Vogue changed to focus more on political and social issues amongst teens, and I really like Teen Vogue now because of it.
Who inspires you to be your best self?
I know it's cliche, but my parents inspire me to be my best self.
My mother is very strong-willed and courageous. She is an author and has pursued her dream career no matter what obstacles she may face in her life. She is also very patient, something I am not always, so she inspires me to be more patient.
My father is an incredibly hard worker, he got a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from NC State, which meant he had to study abroad in a different country (he is from Turkey) with a hearing problem, which took a lot of work! He is also a business owner, as he is the CFO of Devmir Legwear, a local legwear company. Everyday, he puts 110% of his effort into the work he does and that inspires me to do the same.
They are also so selfless and loving and supportive of me, so they inspire me to try and do the same to others.
What's your superpower?
I think my superpower is my strong will. It is very hard for me to not do anything when I decide something needs to be done. I will work hard until I have accomplished what I want to accomplish. Sometimes, this is a bad thing, as right now I am getting over the flu and not being able to do all the work I want to do is frustrating, however, generally it makes me a very efficient worker and helps me stay committed to my passions.
Is there anything else that you'd love ABL subscribers to know about you?
I’d like them to know that I am very excited to be ABL’s first intern and that this position is something that I am very passionate about. I hope that it shows in my work and that I help raise ABL up.