What Billionaire Founder Of Spanx Did In College Will Make Every Woman Cheer For Her

"I'm betting the guy never blew off or dismissed another young female customer again," she writes.

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What Billionaire Founder Of Spanx Did In College Will Make Every Woman Cheer For Her

Sara Blakely pulled off a gutsy move as a freshman in college.


Sara Blakely is no ordinary woman. The founder of Spanx - the much-adored female innerwear brand - became the youngest ever self-made female billionaire at age 41. An incident from almost 30 years ago that she shared recently tells us that she was always a go-getter.

One day ago, Sara took to Instagram to share a story from her college days.

Recalling the incident, she details how as a freshman in college in 1989, she and her friends came across a lovely ring at a jewellery shop in Gainesville, USA.

When she asked the man behind the counter if there was any discount on the $ 120 ring (that's approximately Rs 8,000), she was given a shocking response.

"He completely dismisses me and says, "only if you came in here in nothing but a bikini would i discount the price"" writes Ms Blakely in her Instagram post.

Well, not one to take things lying down, she did exactly that - she came back to the store the next day wearing nothing but a bikini.

"The guy was helping other customers but when he looked up and saw me, he lost all the color in his face. I said, "I'm here for my discount." He froze. He literally did not know what to do. He finally said, "let me get my manager'." After he explained to the manager what he said, the manager made him honor it. I got the ring for $60."

"I'm betting the guy never blew off or dismissed another young female customer again," she writes.

Read the full post below:
 
 

#TBT 1989 .. Im a freshman in college. It's winter and I'm in the mall with my college buddies. We stop into a jewerly store. I see a ring i love ... i ask the man behind the counter how much the ring is. He says "$120." I say, " Is there any room on the price? Does it ever go on sale?" He completely dismisses me and says, "only if you came in here in nothing but a bikini would i discount the price." Then he turned to help someone else. I waited and said "how much would you discount it?" He said, "half off and laughed." As we walked out I turned to my friends and said I'm coming back in a bikini. They thought i was joking, but the next day we piled into the only car any of us had and drove back to the mall. It was 27degrees. My friends and everyone in the mall had on ski jackets, sweaters, hats etc... I was wearing a long black coat, a scarf, a hat, a bikini, and jelly shoes (remember those:). As we approached the store in the only super crowded mall in our college town, I took off the winter stuff and walked into the store in nothing but a bikini. The guy was helping other customers but when he looked up and saw me, he lost all the color in his face. I said, "I'm here for my discount." He froze. He literally did not know what to do. He finally said, "let me get my manager'." After he explained to the manager what he said, the manager made him honor it. I got the ring for $60. I'm betting the guy never blew off or dismissed another young female customer again. And yup, I still have the ring. (Swipe to see). Hand is just older now, but I wear it from time to time to remind myself of the courage it took me as a freshman in a new college town to stand up for myself. It was terrifying and my heart was pounding, by the time I bought the ring a crowd had gathered outside the store confused and curious. My friends were in shock that i actually did it, but in the end we laughed uncontrollably, piled back in the car, and headed back to our dorm. #HappyEnding #IGotTheRing #1989 #KayJewelers #Gainesville #Fl #Courage #Entrepreneur

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Ms Blakely says that she still wears the ring sometimes to remind herself that it's important to stand up for yourself.

Women on Instagram cannot stop cheering for her and the gutsy move she pulled off.

"Wow this story gave me chills! So amazing, and so encouraging!" writes one commenter. "I love this story. There is nothing that gives me more courage than a man thinking I can't or won't do something," says another.

"That's powerful. I love this story," writes a third.

What do you think?

 
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