Interview with Helen Harley

3Helen Harley

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Growing up whenever I needed a light outlook, I would look at fashion magazines. I remember going to the library in Oklahoma with my older friends and pouring over Vogue and the bridal magazines dreaming that someday I’d get to wear a dress like that. I know it sounds small, but it really kept hope alive for me. From then on, whenever I was in a dark place fashion would come to me. It’s just the thing that makes me happy. When I started shooting with Mark Elzey I really started to believe I could do it, and after a haircut from Garren I believed in myself enough to chase my dreams.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

One time when I was in Hungary, I had a man walk into the bar I was in with a Falcon on his shoulder. Really every day something interesting happens.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Return every lesson you receive, operate out of love, and have compassion for yourself.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Mark Elzey, Garren, everyone at my agencies. The best story is a secret though, I’ll share it one day.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I believe I will have an opportunity to affect the world in a larger way than I am able to right now, but I always aim to operate out of love. You don’t need to be classically successful to help; most people just need to be heard. I would like to help get more domestic violence survivors into self-defense classes though.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I have a Shakespeare quote on my arm that reads, “Love can transpose to form and dignity.” It’s basically the lesson that is my life.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

@_helenharley