One young Australian has turned being fired and the modest loan of $800 from her father into a global business empire.
Karina Irby, 27, launched hugely successful swimwear label Moana Bikini six years ago after she was let go from her job at a local surf shop.
Irby told The Gold Coast Bulletin how the roots of her success grew from the unexpected rejection.
“I was embarrassed I was fired. I knew the person I am — I’m really nice, good at my job. I thought those people were my friends and there was this family thing going on,” she said.
“Then I thought screw it, everyone had always said to me I should do my own bikini line, so that’s what I did.”
The 27-year-old launched her business with 20 pairs of bikinis and a website she built herself. Irby watched as her brand expanded, order by order, bikini by bikini, until it commanded almost half a million fans on Instagram alone.
The entrepreneur told The Gold Coast Bulletin the past six years had seen her in a constant state of work.
“In reality I’m in my pyjamas at a computer desk,” she said.