I love sharing stories of inspiring women doing great things, so this week I’m pleased to feature entrepreneur Dale Noelle, Founder and CEO of TRUE Model Management.
In a world where body image can be a constant struggle for women, Dale’s work in the modeling industry is truly groundbreaking. With a background in business, marketing, and fashion, Dale found her calling as a model. She soon became one of the industry’s most successful models, her career spanning nearly twenty years. She worked with some of the most recognizable names in fashion, including Calvin Kien, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller and more.
Originally Dale was signed with Ford Modeling agency, but, following her entrepreneurial spirit, she founded TRUE to manage her career her way. Soon Dale found herself at the helm of a full-service management company, representing fit, show and print models globally. But what sets TRUE apart from the other agencies is their roster. From all backgrounds, all genders, and all sizes, TRUE represents a diverse, positive and supportive standard of beauty that truly reflects the world we live in.
When she’s not rocking the business and fashion world with TRUE, Dale keeps busy as a working mom, a health coach and a philanthropist among many things. A cancer survivor, she now calls herself a life enthusiast, traveling between New York and Los Angeles and everywhere in between for business and life.
Ever the optimist, Dale loves a challenge, and believes anything is possible. She loves connecting, empowering and supporting others in the pursuit of their own dreams, and that’s something she excels at. In her words, “See it, then be it!”
A feminist, a body positivity advocate and a true survivor: we definitely deem Dale Noelle to be inspirational. Read our interview with her below and you’ll see what we mean.
How did you get involved with the work you currently do?
I have a passion for connecting people, creating jobs, and having a purpose greater than myself. I love learning, and being an entrepreneur presents opportunities to continuously sharpen my mind, think outside the box and solve problems every day. Entrepreneurship keeps me on my toes and guides me towards self-actualization and becoming a better person. The joy of seeing dreams come to fruition is part of the beauty of being an entrepreneur. As a catalyst for positive changes, I strive to help make the world a better place.
What are the biggest challenges/setbacks you’ve had to face?
I have multiple challenges every day and the types and scope of difficult tasks change as TRUE continues to grow exponentially. One particularly challenging time was when I was pregnant, had undergone surgery for the removal of a cancerous tumor and I could not speak or eat solid food for a couple of months. I only had one person helping me with the business at the time, so scouting and training models as well as meeting clients without speaking was an obstacle. I was creative and overcame the difficulties.
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
Do your homework before starting your business, enter with caution but take calculated risks, be optimistic, resilient and persistent. Get a law degree as well as business degree and rest up for the ride! A skill that proves to be most useful in my career is my natural ability to connect with people. I am genuinely intrigued by and care about other people; introducing them to each other is my passion.
Who (person or organization) inspires you?
My grandmother. She mindfully embodied and exhibited the four qualities that draw people: Hope, Trust, Compassion, and Stability. She never explicitly talked about her life mission. She simply lived it. My grandmother and father worked in the fashion industry so I was exposed to the business my entire life. Working with family instilled my work ethic and provided great training.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?
A cause close to my heart and many people’s hearts in this world is eradicating all types of cancers. I am most impressed with the researchers at the University of Washington and encourage others to volunteer for and donate to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. www.fredhutch.org
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