The world can never have enough of self-made women entrepreneurs who know how to tackle the norms of society and rise above all the hardships that life may throw at their way. A similar story is of our cover star Michaela Vybohova, who was born in a small village in Slovakia and raised by her single mother, Michaela’s challenging journey to becoming a supermodel and designer is surreal. Not only did her mother supply her with extraordinary survival skills, but she was also a significant influence on why her daughter fell in love with fashion. Michaela’s mother had an eye for style. Marta’s personalised modifications and combinations made vintage resale look expensive.
With dreams in her eyes and a heart of gold, Michaela came to New York, to begin her modelling career. Apart from the runway, she has always had an eye out for shoes. As Carrie Bradshaw rightly said, “I’m very, very comfortable in heels. The higher the better,” the same philosophy is shared by Michaela too. After being enamoured with huge contracts and being a member of the big fashion league, she launched her own footwear line Michaela V, that gave her wings to fly, yet the courage to land on foot with all her might. Edited excerpts follow…
You are truly a woman with a shining armour. How has your childhood contributed towards you becoming independent and optimistic?
Being a small-town girl from Slovakia, with the dreams of making it big in the world, I was honoured to be the daughter of a single mother who knew how to rise after a storm. My mother instilled in me the attributes of honesty, diligence, and hard work ever since the beginning. I was surrounded by nature, wildlife, and minimal technology which led me to strut the path while being extremely aware yet sympathetic towards those around me. And my childhood has contributed to me viewing things in a different light too.