Vera Wang's Journey from Figure Skater to Fashion and Pop Culture Icon

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Vera Wang is one of the biggest names in the fashion world, but not many people know about the career challenges she faced before finding success. The designer is actually no stranger to setbacks, hardships and failures. Before creating her massive fashion empire, Wang dreamed of becoming an Olympic figure skating champion. However, life had other plans for her.

Many people assume the icon started designing dresses right after she left figure skating, but that’s not the case at all. With the 30th anniversary of opening her first boutique coming up in September and the release of her bridal collection looming for the Fall 2020 season, here’s a look at how Vera Wang got a passion for fashion and built her successful empire.