First in our series of Female Superstars! This Q & A series is designed especially for Womens HQ readers. We are delighted to introduce you to some wonderful women – some famous, some unknown, but all wonderfully skilled and devoted women who are working their butt off for what they believe in. And that is what life is all about.
Allow us to introduce you to Cindy Vogels. Cindy is the powerhouse Designer and Director behind the label The Devoted Milliner. And yet firstly, she’s a Mother of 4 raising her children in the thriving, but still laid back, country town of Gympie two hours north of Brisbane. She is very supportive of the community she lives in even though she is a worldwide name as a Milliner and Styling Designer to the stars.
Early in 2015, three prominent members of the Gympie Community were chosen by Gympie Regional Council as Ambassadors to the Region, Chef Matt Golinski (Acclaimed Noosa Chef and Burns Survivor) as Food and Produce Ambassador; Caitlyn Shadbolt (X factor fame) as Youth Arts Ambassador and Cindy as Arts and Cultural Ambassador, the three together showcase the greatness that can blossom from a relaxed rural lifestyle as opposed to a fast paced life in the City.
Her Bio reads like a ‘Women’s Wannabe Manual’ with events, fashion, mingling with media stars, giving interviews and publicity shots, high end meals at high end venues, champagne, shoes, fabulous jewellery and labels all form a part of her life. That is the public side of Cindy who travels the publicity trail necessary for all women who are the creators of their own well known and respected brands.
Somehow Cindy balances that public persona with the most important job, rearing her gorgeous children, and supporting their dreams along the way. And then also creating events in the region to bring attention to women who are also strong Creatives with fantastic portfolio’s in art, music, film, fashion, styling and photography – and rarely having a minute to get the elusive cuppa with her friends.
Here is a little more about the delightful Cindy.
- Favourite time of day? -My mornings are truly dreamy these days in the Country. …so many birds singing and chirping, my kids rarely wake before 7am and one or two always join me for a cuddle before breakfast.
- Favourite life changing moment? The morning I woke up to find out Lady Gaga had posted a photo of herself wearing one of my Couture Millinery Designs. I feel my appreciation for this moment more and more as time passes.
- Favourite quote?
She needed a hero so that’s what she became.
- Favourite breakfast?
I grew up on a farm and always had a hearty hot breakfast. ..it still feels great to start my day this way.
- Favourite drink?
Coconut water currently.
- Favourite meal?
Ever since I lived in Sydney I crave authentic Lebanese.
- Favourite snack food?
Lady Finger Bananas, my favourite uncle had a plantation at Valdora growing up and I developed an addiction.
- Favourite ‘Heroine/mentor/
Any brave successful female that breaks the mould or challenges convention.
- Favourite shoes?
Red heels…. because of Juliette Binoche in Chocolate. ‘Why can’t you wear beige shoes like all the other Mummies?’…….. ‘Ahh because I’m not like all the other Mummies my dear’”
- Favourite headpiece/hat?
The feathered Crown I designed especially for Lady Gaga of course.
- Favourite outfit?
The one that just made top nine in Queensland Finale of Myer Fashions on the Field at Magic Millions this year. I really pushed the boundaries with those knee high socks but it felt amazing to brave that space. Judges sent me some special messages straight afterwards.
- What are you working on now?Right now I’m working up a spectacular gown for the latest Film Clip to be shot in Sydney soon for Caitlyn Shadbolt. ..Winner of the CMC .New Oz Artist of the Year. ..WINNER! Then I’ll be working on her wardrobe for Nashville. ….love my work with that gorgeous ‘lil shooting Star! Then I’ll be fine tuning a Live Artisans Performance I’ve just piloted recently…..my passion for collaboration finally has a vehicle. …watch this space.
Thanks Cindy and congratulations on your success to date – we will enjoy following you on your journey.