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Her Story: ThirdLove’s Own Heidi, Ra’el, Kate, and Clare

There’s more to all of us than meets the eye.

To Each, Her Own is a celebration of who women actually are — not who they're told to be. Though we decided to use both models and real women in this campaign, they're all women who inspire us with their strength and vulnerability. Our series, Her Story, is a chance to get to know more about them, as well as ThirdLove’s own female leadership.

Meet four of our own ahead.

Heidi Zak, 32B½, Co-founder and Co-CEO

TL: How would you describe yourself in three words?

HZ: “Focused, energetic, friendly.”

TL: What’s something most people might not assume about you at first glance?

HZ: “I did Lake Placid Ironman in 2012 (right before I got pregnant with my first!).”

TL: What quality do you love most about yourself?

HZ: “My determination.”

TL: When do you feel most beautiful and/or confident?

HZ: “When I get off my Peloton bike in the morning — I feel strong and healthy and confident; that the day ahead will be a good one.”

TL: When and where are you happiest?

HZ: “Hanging out on the weekends with my two kiddos.”

TL: If you could give your younger self advice, what would you tell her?

HZ: “There is a reason that things happen (some call it fate) — be patient, and you’ll see why.”

TL: What's the top song on your playlist right now?

HZ: “Old school 80s.”

TL: What does To Each, Her Own mean to you?

HZ: “Be comfortable in your own skin.”

TL: What is your motto?

HZ: “Make it happen.”

Ra’el Cohen, 34B½, Chief Creative Officer

TL: How would you describe yourself in three words?

RC: “ Honest, intuitive, unconventional.”

TL: What’s something most people might not assume about you at first glance?

RC: “I used to have dreadlocks and followed the band The Grateful Dead for many years. It’s why I started sewing and how I eventually started my own apparel business.”

TL: What quality do you love most about yourself?

RC: “My resilience.”

TL: When do you feel most beautiful and/or confident?

RC: “When I’m seeing a live show and I get lost in the music, just dancing and not really thinking about anything else around me.”

TL: When and where are you happiest?

RC: “When I’m on a walk with my daughter, Nico, and she’s pointing out the world and nature, seeing things for the first time.”

TL: If you could give your younger self advice, what would you tell her?

RC: “Don’t waste your time being insecure or self-conscious, embrace who you are now because you’ll never be this exact person again. It’s just a moment in time.”

TL: What's the top song on your playlist right now?

RC: “Good Feeling, Violent Femmes."

TL: What does To Each, Her Own mean to you?

RC: “For me it means there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to be. Just your way, and that’s OK.”

TL: What is your motto?

RC: “There’s no substitute for hard work.”

Kate Kittredge, 32B½, Head of Brand Strategy

TL: How would you describe yourself in three words?

KK: “Creative. Intuitive. Loving.”

TL: What’s something most people might not assume about you at first glance?

KK: “I have a highly sensitive sense of smell. Some might call it a ‘super nose.’ I’m very scent driven and I have very intense scent memories — the smell of a fresh tomato sauce simmering on the stove instantly brings me back to my childhood, walking into my grandmother’s home. It’s magic.”

TL: What quality do you love most about yourself?

KK: “I love that I am deeply intuitive. There are countless instances in my life when I have had premonitions about things that are about to happen it’s become almost an unsurprising occurrence. The truth is, the more present I am with myself and my surroundings, the more intuitive I am. My intuition has led me to so many amazing things in my life — I am very grateful for this gift.”

TL: When do you feel most beautiful and/or confident?

KK: “At the moment, I feel most beautiful and confident dropping my two little girls off at preschool every morning. I love walking them to each of their classrooms, spending a few precious moments together and giving them a confident and loving kiss before I leave to start my day at the office. There is something so special about that time together — I feel confident and beautiful as both a mother and a professional in that moment.”

TL: When and where are you happiest?

KK: “I am the happiest in or near the ocean with my family, especially if my two little girls are running around in and out of the water. We’re so present together when we’re by the water, even if it’s just for a walk after work. The ocean is our family’s healing place.”

TL: If you could give your younger self advice, what would you tell her?

KK: “To trust in the process and not to rush — everything happens in its own time and at just the right time.”

TL: What's the top song on your playlist right now?

KK: “Novo Amor - Anchor.”

TL: What does To Each, Her Own mean to you?

KK: “The message of To Each, Her Own is about truly being yourself — about finding the beauty in all of your imperfections and uniqueness and it’s about embracing yourself fully. It’s not about following your need to be accepted by others. By accepting yourself, you will find your true beauty, your true inner strength.”

TL: What is your motto?

KK: “Life is available only in the present moment. (Put down your phone.)”

Clare Karunawardhane, 34E, Director of Design

TL: How would you describe yourself in three words?

CK: “Driven, fun-loving, passionate.”

TL: What’s something most people might not assume about you at first glance?

CK: “I am a diehard Queen fan and have been known to rock out to 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on the piano on occasion.”

TL: What quality do you love most about yourself?

CK: “I’m adaptable! Having lived in different countries around the world, I have experienced so many wonderful cultures and I think this has given me a wider understanding of the world and the people around me.”

TL: When do you feel most beautiful and/or confident?

CK: “First thing in the morning, new day, fresh start. It is an empowering moment.”

TL: When and where are you happiest?

CK: “On Sundays with my family for our ‘family day’ picnics and hikes together, exploring the Bay Area.”

TL: If you could give your younger self advice, what would you tell her?

CK: “Each bump in the road will lead to great things. Take them as they come and keep moving forward, you will get there.”

TL: What's the top song on your playlist right now?

CK: “Calvin Harris, Sam Smith - Promises”

TL: What does To Each, Her Own mean to you?

CK: “You are your own true person. No one else and that is perfectly fine.”

TL: What is your motto?

CK: “If you lead with passion, anything is possible.”

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