Names and Faces: Charli Light

Published: Jul. 31, 2019 at 3:26 PM CDT
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After more than four decades, you can still see Charli's name as you drive down University Drive in College Station.

Charli Light started her fashion business when she was just 23.

"The main reason I went into business because I really enjoyed women, the uniqueness of them, who they were and their stories. I was a tomboy who loved fashion," she said.

Even though the style has changed over time, what hasn't changed is that people just want to feel appreciated.

"We had a customer that weighed about 400 pounds. She had lost the weight and was still wearing the clothes she had. A friend brought her into the store, and I said 'I'm going to dress you but I don't want you to see it until I get you dressed'. And I walked her out here in front of the mirror...I said turn around and she did and she couldn't find herself. She looked so drastically different. And she's still a customer."

Charli always finds a way to relate to customers, even when she has gone through tough times herself.

"I almost died in 2003. I had to go on dialysis for a year and a half. I got a kidney from my just walking through all that and keeping a business, you learn to fight," she said.

And through fashion Charli helps others fight through their battles.

"I think it makes people open up more when you've had a life-threatening thing. It's a universal thing that people don't want to be considered sick...they want to look pretty," she said.

And if you're looking to start your own business like Charli...

"If you love it..give it everything you've got...step out on that tightrope and give it everything."