Why are you here?
Wear Success is more than an online store. It’s a place where women can visit to get guidance, advice and help on their physical, emotional and spiritual life, all leading to self acceptance and self love. “Feel good now as you're on your way to feeling your best" is our motto.
My name is Ferly Prado, and I'm the founder of Wear Success. I started this company because I want to provide women the guidance and help I think didn’t get when I felt needed it the most. Who knows? Maybe I did get the right help at the right time, but it sure would’ve been easier if I had gotten it sooner. My hope is that some of you reading this and visiting the site get the help you need sooner rather than later.
Most of you don’t know me or my sense of humor, but I’m one who tries to turn tragedy into positivity, or just plain humor. Here’s a little background on me.
-I was born in Brazil, started dancing at the age of 3 in my mom’s academy. I was't forced to dance but it wasn't what I loved at first.
-When I was 11 my middle sister decided that she wanted to move to the US and become a professional dancer. Since I loved her a lot (and didn’t have much of a personality just yet) I followed her. Dance still wasn’t my passion, but following in my sister’s footsteps was.
-The school we attended in Washington, D.C., was a Russian Ballet Boarding School… yeah... just pause and let that marinate…Russian. Ballet. Boarding. School. OK so shockingly (irony) I was diagnosed with depression and Anorexia Nervosa. I was 14 years old, 5’8”, 89lbs. In Hollywood that would’ve been considered normal, right?!
-I moved to Florida and trained there for a year under Fernando Bujones. Mr Bujones was a breath of fresh air for me andI believe that's when I truly fell in love with dance for the first time. And that southern hospitality was just what I needed to revive myself! I felt like a semi-normal teenager.
-I moved to LA to pursue a very competitive and challenging profession in the dance world. Apparently that comes with living off of Ramen noodles and saltine crackers. 'What you mean you don’t make a doctor’s salary with dance?'
Pressure was the theme of my life.
As a professional dancer I’m CONSTANTLY being criticized. Being a woman alone already puts me under a microscope. Being a dancer I feel like I’m being dissected all day, like that poor frog in 10th grade biology class.
“You’re too tall!”
“You’re too fat!”
“You’re not tall enough!”
“You lost so much weight! You doing drugs?”
“You shouldn’t be a dancer! What else can you do?”
“You’re not edgy enough!”
“Can you show more skin?”
“Forget dance technique, it’s about selling sex!"
“You have too much energy!”
“You don’t look Brazilian!"
“Can you be more hispanic?”
“Can you pretend you’re not Brazilian?”
I’m sorry, what????
How do you compete with all this craziness? How many standards do I need to live by in order to make it as a dancer? How many things do I need to compromise?
Besides all the craziness I allowed myself to go through, all the auditions that turned me down, all the people I allowed myself to listen to, all the people I tried to please, all the criticism I had to take with a smile, all the changes I made to my appearance because keeping the job depended on it… God allowed me to meet some AMAZING human beings through some amazing jobs. These people have had a powerful and positive impact in my life. They are a big reason of why I am who I am today. They are a big reason as to why I didn’t loose my mind when I rightfully could have. They encouraged me not give up on me. They encouraged me to love myself, accept me and trust me. It felt foreign at first. Crazy was normal to me, and normal was crazy. But they were patient with me and showed me the light.
I feel so lucky, so blessed to have them in my life. I wish I would’ve met them all way earlier in my life. But God knows what He does. Maybe, just maybe, they came into my life RIGHT when they were supposed to: at the RIGHT TIME.
And ladies, I feel like the least I can do is share these wonderful people with you. Maybe, just maybe, this is the time where you might need to meet them.
The heart and soul of this site is and will always be the weekly blogs and the information and insight they share, because they will always represent what this site is about: “feel good now as you’re on your way to feel your best”.
You will hear from the beautiful Angelina Mullins, a former fitness model who simplified exercising and dieting for me in a way that makes me so incredibly happy. Society really overcomplicates being healthy. (By the way, the focus of this site will NEVER be on being SKINNY, but HEALTHY- that’s a promise I’m willing to stand by indefinitely)
You will hear from Kat Valencia, an amazing make-up and hair artist who will give you tips on enhancing what God gave you, and doing it so effortlessly.
You will hear from Blake Richard, a hair stylist who will talk about hair treatments and what hair cut best suits you.
You will hear from Victoria Gracie, a dear friend of mine who I had the pleasure of touring the world with as dancers. Victoria will talk about transitioning from dancer to mommy, and will also talk about the importance of women’s self defense. Victoria will also share her journey to helping women learn to love and trust themselves and finding their best motherhood in a world that wants to tell you how to do it.
You will hear from Martina Novak, a strong woman who always put her family first and now has the chance to finally pursue a career she loves, directing commercial photo shoots and video shoots for major European fashion companies.
You will hear from Kelli Calvert, a wonderful woman who I only met last year but quickly became like a sister to me. She has educated me in essential oils, which I offer here on the site. I was a huge skeptic, but I have her to thank for introducing me to essential oils and how it has truly benefitted my physical and emotional health. We will be collaborating on a blog in regards to this, so stay tuned.
You will meet Regi Davis, my mentor. He may not know I call him that, but he's the person I always go to for advice. I can always count on him to tell me truth, no matter what it is.
This is to name a few, and I’m excited to introduce more wonderful, strong, intelligent, positive and truthful people to you.
I don’t know everything, but what I do know I teach. These people I mentioned feel the same way. I’m excited to embark on this journey with you all. It’s been a wonderful journey for me, and now sharing it with you will add a whole other layer to it which will make it that much more special, valuable and meaningful!
Hopefully you are here to join this movement: “women supporting women”.
Women must support each other, not compete against each other.
But, without me answering on your behalf…
Why are you here?