She might be 10 years old but little Sophia Rizzo has turned a simple idea into a booming business selling glitter.
The idea to start her own business selling all things glitter and unicorns sprung into mind after the magical concept came to her during a holiday in Hawaii in 2016.
And so with the help from her family, she launched her brand Glitter Girl in October 2017 after they saw an opening in the Australian market.
With dozens of orders piling in, her parents have even scaled back on their full-time jobs to concentrate on helping their daughter pursue her dream.
Fast forward, the young entrepreneur, from the Gold Coast, now has her own full-time staff, ambassadors in the US and UK – and music festival Splendour in the Grass wants to team up with her for a collaboration.
She might be 10 years old but little Sophia Rizzo has turned a simple idea into a booming business selling glitter
Fast forward 12 months, her brand now stocks 83 different biodegradable and vegan glitter, each designed and hand-picked by Sophia
Mother Megan Rizzo has taken time off her job as a full-time photographer while her husband Adam now works part time as a property developer so they can concentrate on the brand.
Glitter Girl all came around when her mother asked her a simple question: ‘If you can open up a business, what would it be called and what would we sell?.
Without a second thought, the then-nine-year-old girl responded: ‘Glitter and [call the business] Glitter Girl.’
Megan said her daughter was always going to find herself in the business industry.
With dozens of orders piling in, her Mother Megan (right) has even scaled back her job as a full-time photographer to concentrate on helping her daughter pursue her dream business
Sophie added she’s now focusing on: ‘Bringing happiness, one speck of glitter at a time’
‘She came home one day after seeing kids selling slime at school and she said, “oh, I could sell glitter”,’ Ms Rizzo told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘So she took all the orders and made it up, put everyone’s name on it and took it all in to school. You had 30 kids all using this glitter.
‘The teacher asked where they’d gotten the glitter and she got in trouble. The kids had to give back their glitter.’
Now, 12 months on, her brand now stocks 83 different biodegradable and vegan glitter, each designed and hand-picked by Sophia.
The glitters are made up of a biodegradable film made from trees, primarily eucalyptus, sourced from responsibly managed plantations.
The glitters are all mixed and packaged at their warehouse in Burleigh, with stocks already being delivered around the world.
Sophie told Sunrise she’s now focusing on: ‘Bringing happiness, one speck of glitter at a time.’