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Lauren Conrad ended up on one of the world's first major reality TV shows at the tender age of 17. Since then, she's grown into the cunning, experienced entrepreneur you know today. According to her, she wouldn't be where she is now—a New York Times best-selling author eight times over, designer of her own fashion line LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's, and philanthropist behind the non-profit The Little Market—without the mistakes she made along the way. “I believe in mistakes," she tells Hillary Kerr on episode 16 of Second Life. "I think that everything I know is because of a mistake I made.”
While many of her formative years were spent on camera during her stints filming Laguna Beach and The Hills, Conrad was making decisions off-screen that would set her up for success later in life. When it came time for her to finally walk away from The Hills, she had already solidified multiple side hustles, priming her to leave the safety of the show with new opportunities on the horizon. Her first book was about the come out, and she had already begun working with Kohl's on her clothing line.
After turning those side projects into thriving careers, Conrad was ready for yet another new chapter. “I got to a point where I felt like I had kind of checked off a lot of my big goals and I felt really good about where I was in my career," she says. "The one thing I hadn’t done is used my platform to make a difference.” Conrad partnered with a long-time friend with experience in humanitarian work to start a non-profit called The Little Market, which sells artisan-made goods from around the world. With all this success, Conrad looks back at her younger self, known for sporting some serious boot cut jeans and chunky accessories, and wouldn't change a thing. “When you’re young, make all the mistakes. Do it. Figure out who you are. Figure out what you love."
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