Angela Stone – Guest Speaker
Angela is a fashion stylist, fashion designer and author, starting her career at just 14 years old as a model, Angela has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry. Angela travelled the world, from New Zealand to Milan, gaining a deeper wealth of knowledge and hands on experiences which became the foundation for many of her successful business endeavours. In New Zealand, Angela founded the Portfolio Model Agency and still to this day it remains one of the worlds most prestigious modelling agencies. Angela didn’t stop there – not only did Angela create her current company Angela Stone Consulting, she also wrote her first book The Style Guide while teaching stylists how to transform their dream into a career at New Zealand’s first Fashion Stylist Course that Angela started in 2012.
You may also know Angela from The Real Housewives of Auckland, or you may have read her second book Being Real, which focuses on motivating and inspiring women, or you may wear her clothing line The Body Shape Range.
A women of many talents, Angela is also a great candidate for a quick Q & A for The NZ Woman and if thats not enough, you can read more about Angela here.
You can also follow Angela on Instagram and Facebook.
Who are you?
I’m a mother of 5 and business owner. I grew up in gorgeous Christchurch and began my career as a model at 14, before founding Portfolio Model agency. From there, I created my current business Angela Stone Consulting, which offers fashion styling courses and services. I love animals, exploring the world and spending time with friends and family.
What does being a woman in New Zealand mean to you?
We’re a small country which creates a sense of closeness. I love that there’s an environment of encouragement and positivity between NZ women. I also think that, as a small country, we have more opportunities to follow our dreams. That’s something to be thankful for.
What should every woman try once in their life?
If you haven’t ridden a horse down a beach, add it to your to do list! There’s something completely freeing and empowering about experiencing raw nature with such a powerful, beautiful animal – you really become one with the wilderness and forget everything else. It’s a purifying experience.
What is the best advice you have been given?
‘Don’t take the passenger seat in your own life. Get behind the steering wheel.’
Who are 6 people on your guest list at a dinner party?
Oprah, Emma Watson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sophia Loren, Chris Martin and Michelle Obama. Now that’s a party I’d want to attend!
What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
Spend as much time with your parents as you can, while you can. And show them love all the time.
What is your favourite quote?
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” – Oprah.
When does someone consider themselves successful?
I think success is measured individually. Personally I don’t believe success equates to wealth – I think it it’s more an inner feeling, where you feel like you’re dreams are realised or you’ve overcome a great milestone.
Who do you admire and why?
I admire working mothers. Having kids is an amazing feat on its own, and going through the wonderful journey of motherhood then launching into the workforce is a big deal. Working mothers really inspire me – they’ve got resilience!
What is your strongest personal quality?
How would your friends describe you?
Fun, caring, energetic.
What do you want people to remember you by?
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