“Teen years are so awkward and uncomfortable. Buying a bra should not be trauma!” Megan Grassell is certainly not the only one who thinks this way, she just happened to be someone inspired to do something about it. Megan is the creator behind Yellowberry, a company making comfortable bras for young girls. Yellowberry bras let girls feel and BE their young ages instead of pushing an agenda that pressures girls to present themselves in more mature ways. Megan lives her company and design philosophy, saying that one of her personal goals is to be confident on a daily basis, to be happy with who she is every. single. day.
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Most recently, I really like: #toallthecollegeswhodidntwantme.. haha!
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
My little sister Mary Margaret rocks. She is witty, speaks her mind, and is always honest with me. She doesn’t follow the crowd, and I think that she is hysterical. She was my inspiration to start Yellowberry, but she is humble enough that I don't think she completely realizes how important her role was, and still is, in this company.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
I think that the biggest dream, goal, and ambition that I have is to change the tween bra industry with Yellowberry. It's not my place to say what is or is not appropriate for girls to wear, but I think that at least I provide an option for them to choose from with my bras.
What are you most proud of?
I am really proud of what Yellowberry has accomplished so far.. But I have a long ways to go!
What piece of advice changed your life?
“If the worst they can say is no, go ask the question.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Other than graduating from college, I don't have a specific point in my life where I think I should be in 10 years, where is the fun in that?! But, I'm not a great planner, so I guess I will see what happens and where I end up!
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
I want to travel to and live in as many foreign countries as I can! Why stay in one place forever??
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
Without a doubt, my mom. She has lived through such incredible tragedy in her life and is still one of the happiest people I know. From her I have learned to stand up for something I believe in, to speak up if I have my own opinion, but most importantly, to listen to what others have to say because there is always more to learn.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
The second semester of my junior year, I took all but one of my five classes online independently to pursue a dream of qualifying for the US ski team. It was also the most important year for college coaches to see my results, and important for colleges to see my grades. So, there was a lot of pressure all around. But I trained harder than I ever had, and unfortunately did not have a very good season.. I was also very burnt out after so much racing, traveling, and training that I took the summer off from skiing, and just worked on dryland training. However, as I neared the beginning of my next season during my senior year, I decided that I just didn’t love ski racing as much as I used to.
I think it was partially due to the fact that I didn’t ski super well, however in the past that was something that I had dealt with before, and it only made me want to work harder to ski faster. But at that point, I needed to decide between ski racing and Yellowberry (because I wouldn’t have time to do both), and I chose to pursue Yellowberry.
This was sort of two risks.. First was taking so much time for ski racing, which ended up not paying off the way I hoped that it would. And secondly, when I chose to move forward with Yellowberry, NOT ski racing… That was the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make so far in my life, and it was life changing. However, I think I made the right choice :)
I learned that when you really, truly, down-to-your-core believe in as idea, you have to go for it.
Why are you THAT GIRL?
I am the first person to admit the things I am not, don’t know, or don’t understand. For example I am not a size 2, I did not get into the college of my dreams, and I spent the night of my senior prom with my mom, her friends, and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s (don’t worry, there are plenty more, but I’ll save your time haha!).
But all of that is OK. It’s ok, because these flaws and insecurities are things that make me who I am, and that is awesome. I’m not sure that I will ever be 100% self-assured with all of them, or with myself, however I think that’s normal! It’s what makes us all human, and real people, not fake. No one will have an ideal outlook on life, or a flawless life in general. But could you imagine how boring things could be if everyone was perfect??
So, I AM THAT girl because I have found confidence within myself by doing something that I love, and finding a passion. I know that I am quirky and embarrass myself on a regular basis, but those are just parts of who I am. I am not the smartest, prettiest, or best-dressed teen girl out there… but I am ambitious, proud of who I am, and willing to put myself out there.. because why not?
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor