Hi, my name is Kim. I'm the founder of Fox Factor and this is my story.
Three years ago, at age 38, I decided to be the woman I’ve always wanted to be but never had the courage to be. I had spent years living on the safe side of life, not chasing my ultimate dream until one morning in March 2017, I got up and decided I was finally going to do what I had been dreaming about since I was a little kid, start my plus-size clothing brand.
Great end story, right? Well, not so fast. I didn’t get to where I am today easily. In fact, it has been one hell of a ride with numerous setbacks, disappointments, abuse, frustration, …But above all, lots of joy, happiness and gratitude. I want to share my true story with you hoping that when you reach the last episode, you believe me when I say you really are one hell of a strong woman.
You can handle anything that comes your way and there is nobody who can bring you down and stop you. Never give up.
Sit back, relax and enjoy episode one.
My story starts in a warm household with the best parents anyone could wish for. Both held public service jobs and worked 9 to 5.
I noticed, early on, that I didn’t want a ‘normal’ working life and that I had a strong urge to make a difference somehow.
1979 - Mom, dad and me at my baptism
I went to a Christian high school, studied Latin and languages and later on went to college to be an interpreter. It was during college that I met my boyfriend, who would later on become my husband and eventually my ex-husband. Around the time I finished college, he had just gotten divorced and quit his full-time job to start his own consultancy business.
I’ve always been the adventurous type, never to shy away from a new opportunity. So, I decided to partner up with my then boyfriend and start my career as a young entrepreneur in the new business. I was 21, fresh out of college with no business or life experience whatsoever. I learned everything there is to know about running a business and a marriage the hard way.
1999 - Me during college
2001 - My daughter is born
I won’t bore you with the ugly details of my previous marriage except for the fact that this traumatic experience shaped me into the determined woman I am today. It taught me that you should never condone mental or physical abuse and that you should never ever let anyone put you down and make you feel that you’re any less than the extraordinary woman you are.
More importantly, it gave me the best gift I could ever receive, my precious daughter. All my life, I knew I wanted to have a child, preferably at a young age. I’ve always wanted to be the cool mom that did all the crazy stuff together with her daughter. I raised my daughter all by myself and I couldn’t be prouder of the young woman she has become.
2019 - My daughter starting university
Today, she’s 18 years old, studying to be an engineer of science at the university of Ghent and has become the kindest and smartest person I’ve ever met. In order to tell you how I got to where I am today, we need to go back to the beginning. Are you ready for the rest of the story?
Next chapter: A woman in a man's world