If you think Sadie Robertson, one of the younger faces of the A&E's Duck Dynasty clan, is just another reality show kid dressed in camo...think again, y'all!
Since her family became an overnight phenomenon in 2012, Robertson has created a line of inspirational jewelry and home decor with Glory Haus, rain boots with Roma Boots, faith-based technology products with BelieveTek, a beautiful collection of prom dresses with Sherri Hill, and now a fun casual wear line with Wild Blue Denim. Let's not forget that the motivational speaker wrote a book and teamed up with Mark Ballas on last season's Dancing with the Stars.
Oh, and she's just a senior in high school and still makes time to play for her basketball team!
Womanista sat down with Robertson while she was in Nashville for a meet and greet at rue 21 — the carrier of her Wild Blue x Sadie Robertson line.
According to the bright-eyed 18-year-old, if you would have asked her five years ago, "What do you want to do with your life?," she would have never dreamed of what she's doing right now.
"In the Bible, God talks about the plans He has for you, and that’s why I gave up on making my own plans, because my plans are not as good as His plans," she sweetly admits. "He’s just gone above and beyond."
The Louisiana native explains she's "always liked fashion a lot," as her older sister Rebecca graduated with a degree in fashion design from Louisiana State University. "It’s been really cool to have a say in the fashion world," she says humbly — having already walked the coveted runway at New York Fashion Week twice. "I would have never thought that my opinion would matter."
Steadfast in her faith, Robertson explains that while prom dresses and casual wear are "completely different things," her core values are stitched into the creation of both fashion lines. Her intentions for consumers dressing in her designs is simple. She says she wants her audience to embody "dressing confidently in the person you are in a modest way for God."
Robertson's appreciation for modesty comes down to "just having respect for yourself," she adds. "If you don't respect yourself, how can you expect anybody else to respect you?"
Despite spanning different brands, all of her projects are currently under the label "Live Original," which is her personal motto. "Just live who you’re created to be and be confident in that and respect that," she says. "Respect your own life."
Robertson shares that she battled with insecurity while growing up, yet she's since found contentment in her unwavering beliefs and extensive mission work outside of the country. Likewise, she's felt empowered by the visible impact she has seen on her fans as a result of her "Live Original" lifetsyle brand.
"I’ve seen so many girls come out of their shell. People come and talk to me, [they say] 'Thank you for doing this. I just feel so great. I love the clothes,'" she shares with a dimpled smile. "They’re so excited and they’re wearing them! They’re confident and they’re so cute and they feel pretty. I love that!"0comments
According to Robertson, her goal is to create a "movement." "We are trying to spread confidence. Spread love. Spread kindness," she adds.
The young entrepreneur humorously concludes that fans don't have to worry about model-expectations when wearing her clothes. "You look at models and are like, 'I don’t know even how that’s going to look on me, because I don’t look like that!,'" she laughs. "[This line is] a different view...and this is pretty realistic!"