I've been passionate about fashion for as long as I can remember. My Dad's an artist so I think being creative is in my genes. I love drawing and designing clothes, and helping other people look good. It's really special to see the look on someone's face when they feel great.
I worked in retail for over 10 years, managing a clothes store in London. I absolutely loved it! So I had no doubts or worries when they asked me to move to a new store. I gave up my room and moved my life across the country. It was devastating when they didn't keep their promises. I abruptly lost my job and was left with nothing. I went to stay with someone I thought was a friend. But this turned into an abusive situation. It was really hard to talk about how my life had been turned upside down by the people I trusted the most. I felt so embarrassed and emotional - it was easier to disconnect with my family than tell them the truth.
I'm now staying in a women's refuge and am taking control of my life again. I can't wait to be back learning and working and this course will give me the professional knowledge to move up in my dream career. I will make my family proud again. I love and miss them so much and want them back in my life. Giving me this chance would be incredible.
Due to the member's personal history, we've kept this profile anonymous by using a pseudonym.Show More
Angel's campaign went live on Beam
Angel begins her diploma in fashion retail
Angel gains her Level 3 Diploma
Angel finds full-time work in the fashion industry
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