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Female Founder Spotlight: Rachel Peru

2 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder

IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Rachel Peru
IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Rachel Peru

Rachel Peru is a Silver haired curve model represented by Bridge Models in London.
Body confidence activist, influencer and host of the Out of the Bubble podcast with a
growing reach across social media platforms of over 19k followers. Rachel has fully
embraced her curves and her naturally grey hair. In fact, she has become famous for her
silver locks and is flying the flag for misunderstood and misrepresented women everywhere.
She is passionate about showing other women, particularly those in midlife, that they are
not invisible in the fashion industry. Rachel broke barriers when she appeared in a ground-
breaking Swimsuits for All campaign with Ashley Graham, and her career was launched from

After starting a new career in modelling aged 46, Rachel now champions women in midlife
and inspires others to step out of their comfort zone to become more confident through
sharing other women’s stories on her weekly Out of the Bubble podcast. Interviewing
women from all walks in life including Meg Matthews, Olympic champion Jenny Stoute and
celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton Jones. Rachel has recently been included in Platinum
Magazine’s top 50 influencers of 2020 list. Rachel is now busy getting ready to launch her
‘Rediscover You’ midlife body confidence courses and aims to help and inspire thousands of
women over 40 to become more body confident in midlife.

“I never imagined I would be starting this new career as a model, podcaster and midlife body confidence coach in my forties. I lacked any clear career direction in my twenties and
thirties and drifted from one retail management job to another without having any passion
for the work I was doing.

Since turning forty I have found a new level of confidence both in my mind and with my
body which has been liberating and allowed me to focus on what I really want to achieve.
It’s been a gradual process and owning my ambitions and ideas felt scary but was a huge
step forward. I talk to so many women on the Out of the Bubble podcast that have reinvented themselves and started new businesses after 40 and the fear of failure is a key factor that puts the brakes on projects being taken forward. Once we get past this, we can be open to new opportunities and really start to back ourselves in business. 

Women in midlife have so much to offer in business, even when stepping into a completely new arena; we all have transferable skills and life experiences to bring to the table. I would urge women to trust their instinct and back themselves 100% to get past these fears.

Midlife can be a real time of change both mentally and physically but it’s also a great time to
become more focussed on you and how you want to live your life in this next chapter.
Dare to dream big and if you believe in what you want to do others will follow suit.”

5 top tips

1. Embrace networking. Do your research and find the best groups that you can offer
value to and also gain knowledge from.
2. Find a mentor or coach, this has been invaluable in helping to build on my strengths
and change the negative narrative around my weaknesses.
3. Acknowledge areas that you need help in. None of us know absolutely everything
and it’s ok to seek out help from others who have paved the way before us.
4. Don’t be afraid to fail. Striving for perfection is a waste of time, it’s better to get
started and learn from mistakes than wait until you think it’s perfect because it
never will be.
5. Listen to your intuition and commit to backing yourself. If you believe in the work
that you are creating, I think you can always find a way to make it a success.

IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Rachel Peru
IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Rachel Peru

5 women that inspire me

Oprah Winfrey
Michelle Obama
Jacqueline Gold- CEO of Ann Summers
Dani Wallace- motivational speaker and mentor
Jo Moseley- friend and adventurer

A favourite saying
“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Oprah

Website & Socials

IG @Rachelperu1
TW @rachel_peru
Facebook @rachelperumodel and @stepoutofthebubble
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-peru-3972a5203/