Tia Semi

We are excited to welcome Tia to the Get That Good Life! conference. Tia will be sharing her journey to employment, from school to the international fashion runway.

Portrait of Tia SemiAbout Tia

Owner – Funk N’ Soul 97

Tia Semi is the founder, owner and creative force behind Funk N’ Soul 97. She is a proud Polynesian-Australian woman with disabilities, living in Western Australia. Her vision is to create, push boundaries and inspire. Tia aims to make connections with people, teach people to see her abilities, accept her for who she is, and teach them to accept differences.

Tia designs and creates culturally inspired fashion ranges which have featured in local, interstate, and international runways. She also is a successful model. She has walked the runway in Australia and New Zealand.

Tia has been invited to participate in New York Fashion Week’s Flying Solo “Ones to Watch” event as a model and designer in 2022.

Tia’s Presentation

From School to International Fashion Runways

A young woman’s interest-driven journey towards a successful microenterprise

Presented by Tia Semi, Gina Semi, and Samantha Powell

Follow Tia and her team on their journey of discovering meaningful employment for Tia, driven by her interests.

Tia’s journey began with a desire to ensure her post-school life was not dominated by screens and solitude. She had an interest in fashion, design, and modelling. Her team explored this interest with her and tested creative methods of designing that didn’t involve sketching or drawing. As a result of this process, Tia has created her successful fashion label, Funk N Soul 97, and has become a runway model.

In this presentation, Tia walks us through every step of creating her Polynesian-inspired fashion ranges to show the unique ways she works.

You will learn about

  • the support Tia received along the way
  • how Tia’s business is structured to be sustainable, and
  • how you can get started on your own Microenterprise journey.

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