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Who is Sara Blakely?

Sara Treleaven Blakely (born February 27, 1971) is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings, founded in Atlanta, Georgia. 

In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine’s “Time 100” annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2014, she was listed as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

Sara Blakely Biography, Wiki

Sara Blakely, (born February 21, 1971, Clearwater, Florida, U.S.), an American inventor and entrepreneur who created Spanx, a brand of body-slimming women’s undergarments, and in 2012 became the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire.

Blakely graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She subsequently held various jobs during a three-month stint at Walt Disney World before becoming first a salesperson and then a national sales trainer at the office-supply company Danka.

When she wanted an undergarment that was undetectable beneath her clothing, was comfortable, made her appear slimmer, and could be worn with open-toed shoes, she cut the feet off a pair of pantyhose and found that she had created a garment that other women would want.

In 2000 Blakely used $5,000 in personal savings to market her invention. She worked during the day at Danka and devoted nights to researching fabric types, patents, and trademark designs. She ultimately found a hosiery factory willing to produce her footless hose, wrote her own patent application, and chose a playfully endearing product name, “Spanx,” and logo, a young blonde woman modeled on herself.

Rather than invest in advertising, Blakely traveled across the United States, meeting and modeling for the boards of stores such as Neiman Marcus.

Sara Blakely Biography Wikipedia
Sara Blakely
BornSara Treleaven Blakely
February 27, 1971 (age 51)
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
Alma materFlorida State University
Known forFounder and owner of Spanx
Minority owner of the Atlanta Hawks
Spouse(s)Jesse Itzler

Sara Blakely Career

Although she first intended on becoming a lawyer, she changed her mind after getting very low results on the Law school admission test; instead, she took a job at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where she worked for three months.

After a short time at Disney, Blakely got a job with the office supply company Danka, where she sold home fax machines.

She was pretty successful in sales and was elevated to national sales coach at the age of 25. Required to wear trousers in a hot Floridian climate for his sales role, Blakely disliked the appearance and the comfort level of normal trousers.

At the age of 27, Blakely moved to Atlanta, Georgia and while still working in Danka, spent the next two years and saved $ 5,000 to research and develop her body-fitting female garments idea.

Blakely then went to North Carolina, the location of most US clothes factories, to present her ideas. She was rejected by every representative; they have been used to deal with established companies, and did not see the value of her ideas.

Two weeks after returning home from a trip to North Carolina, Blakely received a call from a male factory operator in Asheboro, North Carolina, who volunteered to support Blakely’s concept.

The creation of the original product prototype was completed throughout the year.

Blakely then consulted with a patent lawyer to complete her application before filing it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). After applying online, she then made packaging for her products.

She managed to arrange a meeting with a representative of the Neiman Marcus Group, where she changed into a product in the women’s washroom in the presence of the buyer Neiman Marcus to demonstrate the benefits of her innovation.

Blakely’s products were sold at seven Neiman Marcus stores as a result of the meeting; Bloomingdales, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman soon followed.  Around this time, Blakely sent a basket of products to Oprah Winfrey’s TV show, with a gift card explaining what she was trying to develop.

Blakely initially handled all business issues, including marketing, logistics, and product positioning, choosing Spanx’s location next to shoes in retail stores, rather than in department stores.

In November 2000, Winfrey called Spanx her “Favorite”, leading to a significant increase in popularity and sales, as well as the resignation of Blakely from Danka. Spanx achieved US $4 million in sales in the first year and US $10 million in sales in the second year.

In October 2013, Blakely revealed that her ambition was to design the world’s most comfortable high heels before retiring. As of 2014, she was listed by Forbes as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world.

Sara Blakely Husband

In 2008, Blakely wedded Jesse Itzler, the co-founder of Marquis Jet, at the Gasparilla Inn and Club in Boca Grande, Florida, U.S. The two met at a Net Jet Poker Tournament, and they dated for a year prior to engagement.

Sara Blakely with husband Jesse Itzler
Sara Blakely with husband Jesse Itzler

Interesting Facts About Sara Blakely

  • Sara Blakely is founder and owner of shapewear brand Spanx, which sells undergarments, leggings, swimwear and maternity wear in over 50 countries.
  • Blackstone announced it would buy a majority stake in Spanx in October 2021, valuing the company at $1.2 billion.
  • She initially shilled her new invention, which became shapewear brand Spanx, on the sales floor at various Neiman Marcus stores.
  • While Spanx is a celebrity favorite, Blakely is becoming a celebrity herself. She is a guest judge on ‘Shark Tank’ and had a cameo in ‘Billions.’
  • A onetime door-to-door fax machine salesperson, Blakely made a makeshift undergarment using pantyhose to wear under white slacks.

Sara Blakely FAQ’s

Who is Sara Blakely?

Sara Treleaven Blakely (born February 27, 1971) is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings, founded in Atlanta, Georgia. 

How old is Sara Blakely?

Sara Blakely is currently 50 years old.

What is Sara Blakely’s wife?

$1 Billion.

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