In Canada, another Filipina is making a name for herself in the fashion world.
Genette Mujar is currently the proud owner and CEO of Gnetz Design, a clothing business she established in Canada, at the age of 50.
However, she had to work as a caretaker before she could pursue her major goal: becoming a fashion designer.
Genette's remarkable success story is another illustration of how, no matter our age, the big effort can lead to even bigger success.
“Maraming nagtataka kung paano ko nagawa ‘yung transition from caregiver to fashion designing. At sabi ko, it's been my passion ever since. Naantala lang kasi syempre, hindi tayo kasing yaman ng iba,” Genette said in an interview with Summit OG.
Genette was born in Daraga, Albay, to a large family and parents who couldn't afford to send her to a fashion school. As a result, she finished her studies at Bicol University.
“Ang ginagawa ko na lang, since I am the third girl in the family, sa lahat ng pinag liitan nila, iyon ang sinasalo ko. Nirere-style ko siya. Estudyante pa lang ako sumasali na ko sa mga prestigious fashion shows,” she recounted.
Her classmates would inquire where she got her unique and stylish outfits, and she would answer them without shame, "It's from Gnetz," and so her brand was born.
Partly leaving her dreams on the sidelines, she opted to travel overseas after she had children in order to provide them with a better life, one she wished she had as a child. However, getting there is never easy.
She moved to Taiwan, then Hong Kong, where she was thrown out on the streets by her employers.
In 2007, she relocated to Canada and began working as a caregiver. She explained that the money she earned in the Philippines was hardly enough to support her family. Despite having little money, she managed to keep her passion for fashion alive.
Genette enjoys visiting thrift stores to look for old clothing that she can restyle, “Noong nag caregiver ako, I loved all the kids kasi ginagawa ko silang fashionistas.”
After years of hard work, she chose to pursue her passion of being a fashion designer while she was already in her peak years. She took out a loan to cover the cost of fashion school.
While attending fashion school, Genette began working as a student, “Kahit anong trabaho, mga part time, cleaning, cooking, babysitting tinatanggap ko. There was a time I worked in nine families. Takbo dito, takbo doon.”
Despite her difficulties, she insisted that it was all worthwhile in the end, “Magaan ang pananahi, nabago nito ‘yung buhay ko. Wala akong pinagsisisihan. I’m so grateful. Ito ‘yung pinakamagandang nangyari sa buhay ko–na mabigyan ako ng chance na makapag aral, na-recognize ako ng mga tao.”
Genette hopes that her tale may inspire individuals who are still afraid of accomplishing their life goals. Her advice is to take risks and not be scared to fail.
Learn more about Genette's path as a Canadian fashion designer in the most recent Summit OG video:
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