Faced with a near-fatal medical condition, her time-limited mentality drove her to finish her book.
– Toby Rubinstein
MANHATTAN, NY, USA, Dec. 13, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — “The key to any success is a foundational faith in yourself, your purpose, and Gd to see it all through,” says Tobi Rubinstein, author of The House of Faith and Fashion: What My Wardrobe Taught Me About Gd. His life was a myriad of struggles and frustrations, but he never allowed the negativities to stop him from achieving his dreams. Instead, these impediments pushed her to break boundaries and break stereotypes. Tobi found out she had stage 4 uterine cancer, which she bravely fought and conquered. Thanks to the love and support of her family, friends and faith in Gd, she underwent surgery and completed chemotherapy, paving the way to recovery.
Liana Zavo: Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you share the most interesting story that has happened to you since you started running your business?
Tobi Rubinstein: Being crowned and ordained as “Our Fashion Rabbi” by Fern Mallis and Iris Apfel while being respected by ultra-Orthodox Jewish organizations. The huge diversity showed me that my mission is to work by merging the two concepts of fashion and faith like my book. As an Orthodox Jewish woman who is a Rebbitzen and Rabbi who is asked to speak to the student and facilities of a fashion business school at the Catholic University (St. Thomas University Miami) about how to find God in all creative spaces with an emphasis on laws of modesty. within Islam, Judaism and Christianity is a combination that even I can laugh at… because you can’t invent those things!
LZ: None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person you are grateful to who has helped you get to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
TR: My prayer warrior group of closest friends and family who lovingly support me in all my endeavors. They are apart of everything I do, good, bad and everything in between, ex; the cover of my first book is Elizabeth Sutton, channeling me because I was too old to be photographed in the midst of chemotherapy sessions that resulted in hair loss, eyebrows and eyelashes. I watched the footage on my iPhone from a hospital bed as I cried and laughed with my team of doctors.
LZ: Ok, thanks for that. Let’s now go to the main focus of our interview. According to this EY report, only about 20 percent of funded companies have female founders. This reflects a historic breakthrough, but also shows that there is still more work to be done to empower women to start businesses. In your opinion and experience, what is currently holding women back from starting businesses?
TR: Breaking through glass ceilings takes a lot of strength and training that takes time and patience. I’d rather look at the progress of women breaking through and escorting everyone else through the shards of glass and into glory.
LZ: What are the “myths” you would like to dispel about being a founder?
TR: In the year 2000, the world of hip hop was a “boys only club” in the world of music and fashion companies that resulted from its massive success. Along with two other women, we challenged the entire industry by founding an urban menswear company called Chedda exclusively for KMART. Industry professionals warned us and told us that we women could not and should not enter the territory ruled by Hip Hop moguls. Not only did we ignore the advice, but we managed to crash into that glass ceiling like three superheroes and place ourselves and the brand in history.
LZ: Ok great. Here is the main question of our interview. What are your “5 things I wish someone had told me before I started” and why?
TR: Find a good mentor as a sounding board for advice. Surround yourself with like-minded people, as that measures you. It’s not always about YOU (the brand), it’s always about THEM (the consumers). Every problem is an opportunity in the making. Network, network, network… because relationships are perhaps better than experiences. Since I skipped the secular (other than Rabbinic) college path, I learned these lessons through the process and not in the classroom. It might be the best environment to learn, but I regret not getting an MBA.
LZ: How have you used your success to make the world a better place?
TR: My book reached out and touched people of all religions, which opened up a dialogue of understanding, or more importantly, misunderstanding of Judaism and the fashion business. This has led to collaborative relationships with fashion personalities of the Islamic and Christian faiths and is expanding globally with more Haute And Holy events and book 2 of the series.
LZ: You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire one movement that would bring the greatest amount of good to the greatest number of people, what would it be? You never know what might trigger your idea.
TR: The way to dispel hatred, especially anti-Semitism, is through education. The more I know about a people, culture, religion and nation like my Judaism is through authentic knowledge and exploring the possible and likely commonalities, thereby dispelling the fear of the unknown. Without judgement, we can all sit at G-ds table, an outfit for the global catwalk at The House Of Faith And Fashion.
Today, Tobi epitomizes what it means to rise above adversity while inspiring many others. Tobi is associated with ZavoMedia PR Group, a New York-based global PR agency that strongly supports her vision of educating people about faith, fashion and achieving balance between the material and spiritual worlds. Tobi made her way from pain to purpose with grace, humor and style. Fashion has room for faith and the most important thing is that a person has faith and belief that his talent is a gift from God.
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