We all have a body image. We all have feelings about the way we look. And we have ideas and feelings about how others think about our looks. Our overall body image can range from very positive to very negative. We may feel good about certain parts of your body or the way we look and not as good about others. Body image is also how you feel in your body — if you feel attractive or not. Many of us struggle with body image. Sometimes it is difficult to understand all of the feelings we have about our bodies and ourselves.
Today I am speaking to a woman that is changing the lives of woman all over the world. She is helping them feel beautiful, confident and sexy. The creator of Yummie Tummie. She is a successful designer and stylist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. She was founding Design Director for the Sean “Diddy” Combs line and is credited as a major force behind multiple CFDA award nominations. She also worked alongside superstars Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Lopez to create and launch their respective labels. She also is the newest cast member of the Real House wives of New York. Here is the very talented and beautiful Heather Thomson.
David: Hello lady making Tummie's look Yummie. How are you?
Heather: Great! I always have a smile on my face this time of year.
David: What inspired you to create Yummie Tummie?
Heather: Yummie by Heather Thomson was born out of a selfish initiative and an A-ha moment. After giving birth, like so many others, I struggled with losing the baby weight. So I went to the shapewear department to help boost my confidence during the arduous process of weight loss, but I was horrified with what I found there. I felt as if the department was frozen in time, I was looking at my grandmother’s girdle! So I leaned back on years of design experience and my desire for something different and pulled out my sewing machine. From there, I developed my signature, patented 3-panel tank. I knew that if I needed a different kind of shapewear, that other women needed it too and Yummie Tummie was born. Today my brand is an innovative and modern solution for foundation pieces. It is about empowering women and it continues to grow!
David: What was the most difficult part in the process of creating Yummie Tummie?
Heather: My products are always so well received, so to see major retailers imitating my designs within weeks of introducing them is very difficult. They take a genius idea and instantaneously cheapen it. Yummie Tummie is my life and I need to protect my intellectual property, so I’ve been forced to fight for my own ideas and designs.
David: What is the most rewarding part?
Heather: I hear over and over how genius the 3-panel idea was and is! I created it as a woman who needed it and it’s amazing how many other women needed it too. I reinvented a classification. Prior to the 3-panel, women didn’t know that shapewear could be comfortable. My goal behind Yummie is to help women feel better about themselves and boost their confidence, so it’s very gratifying to hear that I’m succeeding in this.
David: Do you have plans to design a full clothing line for men and woman?
Heather: I already do! For women at least. Yummie is not just your typical shapewear, we offer ready-to-wear and denim in addition to intimates. We’re continuing to evolve the collection and develop innovative classifications because we want to offer women things that other brands do not. We listen to our customer so that we can provide her with everything she needs.
David: How did you get into reality TV?
Heather: I received a call from one of the casting directors. They said they had been kicking my name around and wondered if I had any interest in auditioning for RHONY. My first reaction was that it was likely not a good fit for me. But after talking thru the “why not’s” on our call, in contrast, the casting director explained that I was part of the shift the show was interested in making and I was in fact the woman they were looking for to help achieve it. I soon realized this was an exceptional opportunity before me, and that I was being presented with a rare and one off chance to speak about my business, Yummie by Heather Thomson, my brand message of uplifting women, and to bring awareness to the charity causes (pediatric liver disease and most pointedly organ donation) that are dear to me. Furthermore, it was a very unique opportunity to shed light on and to represent a very different type of female New Yorker. Talking with the casting director gave me confidence that I could potentially achieve these goals and convinced me to throw my hat in the ring.
David: What did you learn about yourself in the process of filming the New York House Wives?
Heather: Being on TV is an unbelievable opportunity to be able to look at oneself on a screen, sort of like a self study and critique. How you perceive yourself and how others perceive you. I learned so much about myself and realized different strengths I didn’t know I had, and maybe observed areas I can continue to work on. I also learned how to laugh at myself.
David: Do you have any regrets about doing the show?
Heather:No, I don’t waste time with regrets. Everything you do is a learning experience.
David: When someone mentions Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer what comes to mind?
Heather: It’s always a party with Sonja and Ramona!
David: If asked back would you do the show again?