LIBERATING WOMEN: Emily Osberger launches her latest venture The Scarf Collective from the Sunshine Coast.
LIBERATING WOMEN: Emily Osberger launches her latest venture The Scarf Collective from the Sunshine Coast. Chloe Jordan Photography

Young entrepreneur sets out to free girls from sex slavery

SCARF by scarf a young Coast entrepreneur has set out to empower fellow females across the globe, and free young girls from sex slavery at the same time.

Emily Osberger said the way she heard women being objectified when she was growing up brought on a lot of self doubt.

Now a confident 23-year-old, and award winning make-up artist, she has set out to empower women with her latest business venture The Scarf Collective.

"As a vulnerable young lady, I was still learning between what is right and wrong for the way men are to treat women,” Mrs Osberger said.

"Reflecting on the effects of this opened my mind up a lot to the struggles that other women all over the world are facing.

"What I experienced is nothing in comparison to what some girls face and I wanted to find a way to help others.”

The Scarf Collective has partnered with Destiny Rescue and 10 per cent from the sale of each silk scarf will be donated to the charity, helping rescue young girls from sex slavery.

To rescue one child out of the sex trade the charity needs $1500.

Mrs Osberger said after she sold her first 166 scarves, herself and her customers would be able to fund a rescue.

"It's a heart breaking reality that not many people are aware still happens today, including in Australia, worldwide,” she said.

"The brand isn't so much about the scarves themselves but the mission behind them.”

Hand-painted water colour designs, by Coast artist Cass Deller, will adorn each ethically-made scarf.

"There will be all sorts of exclusive patterns,” Mrs Osberger said.

"When they have that luxury piece on them, I want people to think about the girls they're helping.

"But the scarves are also designed to make you feel captivating and beautiful.”

Mrs Osberger, who grew up in Noosa, launched her first business Pure Nava at just 19 years old.

This year she took out the top Bridal Makeup Artist title in the Coast's Bride's Choice Award.

She found writing down small goals was the key to creating a successful business, as well as having faith in her ideas and consulting a business coach.

"I've felt very overwhelmed in the process of creating both my businesses,” she said.

"Nobody is more capable than another.

"You have to think about the small steps it will take to making your vision a reality.”

The Scarf Collective will launch on August 1 with scarves available to purchase at thescarfcollective.com.



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