Aug 12, 2019
Emily Harman, host of
interviews Cynthia Jamin, Chief
Executive Officer and Designer at TwirlyGirl. TwirlyGirl is a
company that creates a girl’s favorite dresses - dresses that never
see the inside of a closet - and the result is something magical.
Cynthia grew up in Chicago and because of her abusive childhood,
she relocated to California to live with her father at age 13. She
was a professional actress but decided to become an entrepreneur.
With a $20,000 inheritance and strong perseverance, a business was
born! TwirlyGirl is now a multi-million dollar brand. Cynthia also
shares a very personal secret about her childhood trauma and how it
impacted her life. See discusses how she moved onward and became a
wife, mother, and business owner.
Harman introduces Cynthia Jamin.
did Cynthia create TwirlyGirl?
is unique about TwirlyGirl clothing?
obstacles did Cynthia overcome to make TwirlyGirl
what sitcoms was Cynthia
were the circumstances that led to Cynthia being sexually abused
for six years?
made the abuse stop when Cynthia was 12 years
did Cynthia cope with the aftermath of the abuse and trauma she
did Cynthia’s abuser finally get arrested?
- Cynthia describes her experience in court when
she faced her abuser.
helped make Cynthia a stronger person?
did what happened to Cynthia impact how she raises her
advice does Cynthia have for parents concerned as to whether their
children have been abused?
3 Key Points:
starting a business, start small and build up slowly as you start
having success. Manage expectations, be flexible, be willing to let
go of things that aren’t working.
- TwirlyGirl dresses are soft and comfortable
with an element of fantasy. The dresses are created to be unique
and wearable for every day. The dresses project fantasy, with
stories attached, are produced in limited quantities, and are
individually numbered like works of art. Wearing the dress is an
things happen to all of us but the experiences don’t have to define
you are in that position of risk, there are a lot of choices that
you’ll make and you’d may not make if you had the luxury of time.”
– Cynthia Jamin on starting a business.
really transforms them.They become more of who they are. There is a
little bit of magic in them that allows the girls to just
experience something they’ve never experienced within themselves.
Which is what I never had. So it kind of has been me really getting
to experience a childhood that I should have had.” – Cynthia Jamin
talking about TwirlyGirl dresses.
is not sexual abuse, it is sexual seduction to a child that does
not have the language to express what is happening.” – Cynthia
Jamin describing her childhood trauma