Courtney Thomas : Bad Girl Gone Good
" I really want girls and women to feel like any one can be a good girl. And essentially that's what everyone wants right? Guys/Girls might want a “bad b****” for a night, but long term… I think that I - myself am a good example of someone with a bit of a rocky past and have felt stuck or labeled by that and I know now that people do, in fact, change. Absolutely anyone can. I mean wearing a t-shirt isn’t going to create that image for you, but again, it’s more of a message and a trend in the name I’m trying to catapult hear. You don’t even realize the subliminal messages you here in songs, phrases, etc with “good girl” in it. "
"I felt like it would be not only something they’d be proud of, but also something great and fulfilling to put on a resume. That’s still in the works. I branched off into swimsuits last year and they were a hit, so once I’m in back in the groove of production, I’ll be focusing on new designs for creations that aren’t t-shirts." -Courtney Thomas.
This week on my female entrepreneur, "lady boss" series, I am happy to introduce the gorgeous, Courtney Thomas. I feel like anyone involved in the Atlanta social scene knows Courtney for her beautiful looks and great body, but you should know- she's MUCH more than just a pretty face. Courtney is the owner of her own clothing brand, GoodGirl Co and wants to ensure people know the true meaning behind her brand and message she hopes to send to all those following her and her company.
The brand began in 2014 when Courtney was modeling for the clothing brand Dirty Shirty (now partnered with Ink'd Magazine) She loved the brand's concept of cute and comfortable clothing, but the "Dirty" aspect wasn't something she wanted to portray, instead she aimed to make a brand offering a comfortable-cute look, that didn't require cleavage to be considered sexy. With the permission of the company's owners, Courtney launched her own line called "Good Girl" because that's how she viewed herself and she wanted to see other girls wear more conservative, but cute clothing rather than portray themselves like the 'not so good' role models they might have followed at that time.
When asking Courtney what advice she'd give to other business beginners, she was adamant on the fact that you are only as good as those who surround you and support you. She admitted that in the past she tried managing everything alone out of pride and stubbornness, but quickly realized the encouragement and support of her best friends, models, and Deka Cole (previous Dirty Shirty owner) were key contributors to the success and great start to her GoodGirl brand.
What's next for Courtney and her GoodGirl brand? When she first started this, Courtney eventually wanted to start a bikini pageant that was based on much more than looks- “Miss Good Girl 2018” where contestants have qualifications that included previous good acts or charity work to even be considered. The pageant winner would go forward to represent “Good Girl” for that year by taking part in good acts of community service.
"I felt like it would be not only something they’d be proud of, but also something great and fulfilling to put on a resume. That’s still in the works. I branched off into swimsuits last year and they were a hit, so once I’m in back in the groove of production, I’ll be focusing on new designs for creations that aren’t t-shirts."
Courtney Thomas, Good Girl Co.