“After my initial launch of SlickChicks I received an email from a woman who had limited mobility who wanted to buy a pair of slickchicks underwear in a size XLL. At first, I was manufacturing limited sizes and told her that I didn’t have them yet in size XLL but as soon as I did I would send her some. Her request made me realize that the innovative product I had created for women to have a convenient way to change their underwear, also had a use as adaptable clothing for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, by the time I manufactured and sent the XXL garment to this woman, she had succumbed to cancer. But her daughter wrote to me and told me the most inspiring story. She said her mother was so excited that my product was on its way to her that she worked harder in physical therapy to keep her mobility so that she would be able to change her own undergarments and regain that dignity. While I am so sad that she never got that chance, the fact that slickchicks empowered her so much, erased any doubts I had about my product.” – Helya Mohammadian is the founder of SlickChicks.
“When I was 7 and 8 years old and living in the Dominican Republic, I was sexually and psychologically abused by a family friend. I didn’t tell anyone about it until I was an adult when I confided in a Nun at my church. She helped me and counseled me and eventually I did tell my mother. Now I can talk about the abuse without crying but I still feel an empty space inside of me. I have two children and I am very protective of them, especially my 18 year old daughter.” Monica works as a Custodian.
“In 1991 I was still living in Venezuela and was given the assignment to design the 1992 Ford Motorcraft Calendar that generally hangs in automotive shops. Historically the Ford calendar featured women in bikinis, but I told my supervisor that I was uncomfortable making a calendar about car parts that featured women in bikinis. Instead, I provided my layouts that featured the product, rather than women’s bodies. I was only 21 – but I had so much resolve about the issue that my supervisor and the art director accepted my alternative layouts without women in bikinis. Ford had orders for 23,000 calendars and given the population of Venezuela that is a lot of calendars. ” Mercedes Gil Harris is an independent graphic designer. Visit her her shop on Etsy.