As I type this, I know that my initial acknowledgement of this woman centers itself on some fairly superficial merits.
She is a beautiful woman who is also fiercely successful, and to focus on simply job title and appearance undermines the intention of what Project Girl Crush is. But I must take this opportunity to underscore the fact that I still continue to be mesmerized by women based on these standard, sometimes vapid, values.
Women like April intimidate the hell out of me. Asking her to be profiled made my hands tremble — because I still place women on a pedestal, allowing their stories to get clouded with my revere, and the things I assume as a result of that revere.
But back to the woman herself - with a degree in architecture and a Masters from Parsons, April began her career in interior design. What am I going to do? While her firm was finding enormous success, taking on new projects and providing a solid foundation for her family, something was missing.
And she found it in a dress — a thirty-year-old hand me down that somehow fit every occasion and every body. Selling her business, April launched April Pride, her label that began with various iterations of that very dress. And she also acknowledges the necessity of having help amidst the change: I still get to go on a sunny vacation each year.
This is truly why I adore April.
She has a unique perspective, and is profoundly honest. It could have been so easy for her to continue to build the mysterious allure that is April Pride, to breeze past the fact that she is fortunate enough to have a supportive partnership with her husband.
She easily could have taken all of the credit, and made herself appear even more inaccessible.
These are the things that we rarely acknowledge, because we want to have control over the way others perceive us. She was raised with little, in financial terms, and put herself through school. But now, her risks are different. She is carrying more weight these days, as a mother, as a wife, as a woman who changed careers because of instinct.
As we talked, it became clear that April is more willing than most to reveal her quirks and shortcomings. She is astutely self aware, and even a little self-deprecating at times.
And in some regards, she absolutely is.
And this is precisely what makes her so lovely. Are you creatively fulfilled by what you do? Asking how it gets better. The magic is in the little things that compel and propel you to move forward. Where else do you find creative fulfillment?
When do you feel the most yourself? I believe in magic. When do you feel the least yourself?
On Day 3 without my kids. They are my magic. What do you love about yourself? I am less black and white smart but outstanding in the gray, which makes me clever. Not at everything but if you could choose one thing to have on a deserted island, I would be a good pick whether you want to launch an escape or an empire.
I am clever at surviving everything from travel to mean girls to a night out. First clever move is quickly finding people way more clever than you, which is how I would describe all my closest friends and my husband.
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