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Vera Wang Opened Up About Failed Olympic Figure Skating Career And How It Got Her Into Fashion

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

When you hear the name Vera Wang, you probably think of weddings. Nowadays, Vera is one of the most iconic wedding dress designers of all time — but she took an unexpected journey to get there.

Despite becoming one of fashion’s biggest names, Vera didn’t start out in the business. Instead, she began on the ice. As Vera explained in an old appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she had hoped and dreamed about being an Olympic skater in her younger years.

But Vera didn’t make the Olympic skating team.

In the video below, Vera admits that once her skating career was over, she had to figure out what else she was going to do with her life. She wanted to find something that she was just as passionate about — and that’s how she ended up working in fashion.

She calls the whole thing “a happy accident.”

Vera worked at Vogue for 20 years after her skating career ended, then spent a while at Ralph Lauren before leaving to create her own company at just 40 years old.

Vera did’t leave skating in her past completely, though. Alongside wedding gowns, Vera has been designing the Olympic figure skating costumes for over two decades, People reports. She might not have made the team as a skater, but she was eventually inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame for her designs.

Check out the video below to hear some more from Vera, and please SHARE this story on Facebook!

Photos: Pixabay / blanculamarkova0; The Oprah Winfrey Show

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