Sharleen Ernster | Founder and CEO, Hot-As-Hell

La Femme Collective founder, Nora Henick, sat down with Sharleen Ernster, founder of sustainable and eco-friendly swimwear and lingerie brand, Hot-As-Hell. Described as "liberated fashion for the modern day woman", H.A.H was started due to Sharleen's desire to cut back on waste of human capital and resources. Read below to learn more about the inception and development of H.A.H, as told by the #entrefemmeur herself.

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Cassie Wilson | Founder, Half Access

When I first started going to shows, I was 15 and had no idea how general admission concerts worked. I’d show up and sometimes I’d be let in first because I’d have to go through a separate entrance without stairs, but once I got inside it wasn’t obvious as to where I should watch the show in my wheelchair without being crushed from pushing or squished by falling crowd-surfers. I did deal with being unsafe and uncomfortable in the front row for a lot of shows in order to see the stage, but as I learned the ropes I got to a point where I started to wonder why security wasn’t directing me to an ADA area or really anywhere besides the crowd.

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Corey Rae | Writer, Activist

I’m not a total Ice Queen. I’ve been told throughout the years that I come off as quite intimidating. Whether it’s my strut or the way my face rests, most people tend to think I’m unapproachable. There have been numerous occasions where good friends of mine have told me they were once scared to talk to me and thought I’d be a total bitch. I think people are most surprised by my personality and sense of humor, it’s definitely not what you would expect at first glance. I’m brutally blunt, genuine, and have a sensual/raw sense of humor.

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How to Use Your "New Grad" Status to Meet the People Who Will Change Your Life

You’ve just graduated and you’re on top of the world. Now what? Post graduation, you might feel like a fish out of water. In a sense it’s kind of like you’re a freshman in the class of real life. The job search process can be challenging when the “experience” hiring managers value feels unattainable. How can you be expected to get experience without any experience in the first place? At times you may feel you’re at a major disadvantage by being a newbie to the real working world, but there is no better time to use your “new grad” status to meet the first series of people who will change your life’s trajectory. Here’s how.

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Catie Prendergast and Hana Raskin | believe me

believe me is the brainchild of Hana Raskinand Catie Prendergast, both native New Yorkers who came up with the idea one day at their favorite summer spot, Rockaway Beach. Catie is a writer who always secretly wanted to design clothes, and Hana is a student of Global Gender Studies at NYU who wants to right some of the wrongs she is learning about.

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Skylar Marshai | As You Are Intimates

I usually tell this story and get a good gasp or two, but I started my company at 15 years old. [insert unsure shrug here] It was, at the time, one of my many new hobbies that I picked up. I had a lot of idle time, a love for fashion and an interest in making my own money for once. I talked my parents into getting me a sewing machine and, "the rest is history." I started tinkering with men and women’s apparel, switched to specifically women’s apparel when I was about 17, and committed to lingerie at 19 (I’m now 20). There’s the timeline. The story behind the brand itself is a bit more of a mouthful.  

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Fiona Grey | Singer/Songwriter

Being a female in the music industry was something I never thought about early in my career. I realized the sexism in our society, but still had an optimistic viewpoint on it -- especially getting perspective on how women in other countries live. There were three things that surprised me early on in my career and quickly gave me an understanding of the elements that sucked about being a woman in the entertainment industry.

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