Humans of Get REAL #1: Emily Brown, The Tit Store

 

Get REAL has been an absolutely joy to have built and worked on over the years. We have spoken to over 100,000 youth in 7 provinces, and 3 states, and made more memories than we can count.

 

 

One of the best parts about Get REAL? Meeting new people. We get to meet new people everyday, and that is a blessing in itself. These are partners, leaders, creators, advocates, entrepreneurs. In short: Humans, of Get REAL.

 

 

Starting today, we're launching Humans of Get REAL as a new series: first, here on our blog and our Instagram, and down the road, via podcast and video. We've always believed that learning about the experiences of other people and sharing your own makes the world better -- more compassionate, more whole, and less 'us and them'. Up first we are proud to have Emily Brown, CEO & founder of The Tit Store, which is currently donating proceeds of their sales to Get REAL.

 

 

1. Name, where are you from, where do you live now? 
My name is Emily Brown, I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. I have lived in Halifax and Toronto and now I’m back at home in Regina.

 

2. Describe "The Tit Shop" in a nutshell. 
The Tit Store is a retail company that promotes equality through the normalization of the female body. We are a little bit immature, a little bit weird and very passionate about what we do. We support conscious shopping through our pay what you can donations to a new charity each season.

 

 

3. Why did you start working at your company? What was your inspiration? 
I started this company based on a silly design I loved. I didn’t expect anything to come from it, but my customers have taken my shirts and turned them into a feminist movement. I owe my message and my inspiration to the people who wear my designs. They’re all amazing.

 

4. What is the best part of what you do, day-to-day? 
The absolute best part about running this company is hand writing compliments to go with each order. I sit down and I write something positive for a complete stranger. It’s refreshing and therapeutic.
 

 

 

5. What does success look like to you? 
To me, success is smiling for no reason. There is no salary, or car, or vacation home that can make me feel as successful as pure happiness.

 

6. What advice would you tell your younger self, as it relates to compassion, acceptance, or being yourself? Dear past me…
Dear past me… The world can seem scary at times, but don’t let that slow you down, trust yourself enough to get through whatever you’re facing. Learn to love yourself, you’re going to spend a lot of time with you. Take 15 seconds to hold the door, pay for the coffee for the person behind you, smile at strangers and most importantly... never be a bystander.

 

7. What's on your bucket list? 
My bucket list is always being updated. I want a pet pig, I want to travel to a new country each year and I want to take singing lessons.

 

8. Favourite guilty pleasure song to blast full volume? 
Work From Home by Fifth Harmony
Preach. 

 

We are so excited to start sharing these. This journey has been nothing if not a consistent, beautiful, diverse array of people with interesting stories. Until next time. 

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