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Spanx Founder Swaps Goofy Costume for Mansions

The ribbon cutting ceremony at the first Spanx store at Tysons Corner. Image via Spanx.
The ribbon cutting ceremony at the first Spanx store at Tysons Corner. Image via Spanx.

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On Friday, Sara Blakely cut the ribbon to debut her new Spanx store at the King of Prussia mall, marking her company's recent embarkment into standalone retail. But for the 41-year-old entrepreneur—named by Forbes magazine as the youngest female self-made billionaire—the rode to success was paved with humiliation.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Blakely laughs about her time spent at "rock bottom": Before she was squeezing herself into her wildly successful line of shapewear, the law school dropout was fighting for air inside mascot costumes at Disney World.

A stint in fax machine sales necessitated attire a little less plush— notedly, cream pants from Arden B, that despite Blakely's petite size-two frame, weren't doing her any favors ("Cellulite does not discriminate," she says). She smoothed things out by cutting the feet off some pantyhose, and the rest is history.
· Spanx founder's look-good feel-good story [Philly.com]
· Spanx [Official Site]

King of Prussia Mall

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Spanx at the King of Prussia Mall

160 North Gulph Rd King of Prussia, PA