The Sweet Inspiration Behind 'Bachelor' Star Monique's Lingerie Line
It's one of the first things we learnt about 'The Bachelor Australia' 2019 contestant, Monique Morley with the blonde bombshell announcing her work as a lingerie designer when she first met Matt Agnew.
Following her elimination from the Bach mansion, Monique told 10 daily that she's always had a knack for making things -- and an entrepreneurial spirit, even from a young age.
"I had always sort of done arts and crafts at school and sold things to my five-year-old school buddies for candy and stuff, " she told 10 daily.
But she'd never turned her hand to sewing, until after her grandmother passed away, leaving her some very important tools of the trade.
"When I was in WA, my grandmother passed, and she'd actually gifted me some sewing machines," Monique explained.
"So I was kind of missing her so I started sewing. I never really knew how to sew and then I was pretty good at it," she added.
Monique had a few model friends in Perth who had vented about wanting beautiful lingerie for shoots but that it was out of their price range.
"And I was like, 'I could probably make it'.
The designer started making pieces for friends, creating a buzz with fans asking 'Where did you get that from?' after seeing her handiwork.
"And then it just kind of spiralled from me making my friends things to getting so many orders. And I was like 'I should make this a business'."
Intimates By Monique thrived until a motorbike accident that left her with a fractured skull made her put the business on hold. Monique was given a high dose of steroids that induced steroid psychosis, causing her to have up to 17 panic attacks every day.
The journey has made Monique become a passionate advocate for mental health with the designer planning to use her time on 'The Bachelor' to start a new clothing line with an important focus.
"I want to do a project where I'm just going to sell like a couple of really basic slogan t-shirts and then give the proceeds to a mental health charity," she told 10 daily.
"So I wanted to use this not to push lingerie or whatever I wanted it to use my voice about my struggle that I had with mental health years ago and speak about it and then turn something like this into something positive."