Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Cary Williams and I am the founder of Too Pretty, a female empowerment activewear brand. I am also an Olympic level boxing coach and former fighter who owns a boxing club in Santa Monica, CA.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
There are so many pieces of advice that I have received. Some have to do with business and some have to do with me personally. The one that sticks with me the most is that you must live your own life. Meaning that you cannot live your life for others. If you are constantly trying to please people you will never truly live your own life.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
WTF is wrong with you!!? Snap out of it! Get focused and figure out what you want to do with your life.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Doubt from the outside has been a big part of my life. I feel as though it has been the fire that fuels me so I appreciate it. For a split second it makes me doubt myself but then quickly turns to drive! I love to win and by proving them wrong, I am a winner.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Don’t make excuses for any of your short comings! We all have stories of trials and tribulations but you cannot use any of it as an excuse unless you want to use it as an excuse for your success!
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I love Santa Monica because I am so close to the ocean and it makes me feel like I am on permanent holiday. The weather is beautiful and the lifestyle of living is different than the typical LA lifestyle.
What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I am driven and I love being able to make people feel good about themselves. Being a coach you almost become a therapist and it is nice to make a difference in someone’s life when they are going through tough times.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
There are too many times. I should have written them all down! Five years ago I moved to Santa Monica from Sacramento due to personal reasons. I had no friends or family in the area and was opening my boxing club. It was a pretty tough time but I got through it! I feel as though we can all do anything that we put our minds to. It just requires focus, diligence and patience.
What motivates you most?
I am motivated by the girls and women who reach out to me expressing their connection with the Too Pretty brand. They all have stories of how they are breaking out of the gender box and it is inspiring to me and to the rest of our female community. I want to grow the brand in order to give back to these girls and women. I never had anyone help me out and I want to be that person for them.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Opening my first boxing club in Sacramento and then growing a chain of boxing clubs. I did it all with no business degree, no experience and no assistance.
What is something on your bucket list?
To go to Machu Picchu. My minor in college was Geology and we use to read about this magical place often.
What are your biggest passions?
My passion is working toward creating a Too Pretty foundation in order to provide assistance to girls and women in need of a little help to pursue their passions.
More About Cary
Cary Williams is an Olympic level boxing coach and the founder of the Too Pretty brand.
Too Pretty is a unique brand created for girls and women who are tough enough to “play hard” while still embracing their femininity! History of Too Pretty? Cary was told on numerous occasions that she was too pretty to be a fighter. Which meant that they thought she was not capable. The word pretty is used so often and is a word that little girls hear constantly growing up. Pretty can have many meanings, but Cary’s idea of the word is “feminine”. So, after her time in the boxing ring she decided to create a brand that would resonate with girls and women who were hearing the same things. Cary has worked with hundreds of young girls teaching them boxing, but the biggest lessons they have learned from Cary are that they can be strong, smart and successful without sacrificing their femininity. Her work with young women got her recognized by The California Legislature along with Brandi Chastain and several other women in sports, for her contribution and impact on girls’ sports.
Now, the brand has caught the eyes of other young girls and women who are doing “non-traditional” activities. The Too Pretty brand has a goal. This goal is to empower young girls and women and to encourage them to believe that they can do anything they set their mind to; even stuff that boys do!
Cary has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX as well as in national publications such as Shape, Energy, Fitness, Entrepreneur, Inc., SUCCESS, FHM, USA Today and The New York Times.
Cary has even graced the cover of Muscle & Fitness HERS.
Cary has contributed to SHEKNOW.COM, EHOW.COM, LIVESTRONG.COM and has been a guest on many radio shows and television news shows. She is also a key note speaker giving motivational speeches at venues and schools on a regular basis.
In the boxing world, Cary boxed competitively in the amateurs and won the Pacific Northwest Women’s Tournament before hanging up her gloves. She is now a Level IV Olympic Level Boxing Coach with USA Boxing. Cary has trained many boxers, some of which have made it to Olympic Trial Qualifying Tournaments. Cary caught the attention of many when she trained and cornered a female boxer for 3 Olympic Qualifying tournaments. All done without the help of an assistant coach in the corner for each fight.
Cary co-created and co-hosted “Boxing 101” Boxing Camp Workout and “Additional Fundamentals”, unique boxing instructional and workout DVDs.
As a spokesperson for Everlast, Cary created a boxing class format for 24 Hour group fitness called Everlast ShadowBox and was a part of several print ad campaigns for Everlast
Cary founded the “Knocking Out Obesity” tour which stopped at 10 of the “fattest” cities in the nation (according to Men’s Fitness). Cary conducted non-contact boxing workouts with students at 10 middle schools in the nation.
In the beginning, she founded PRIME TIME BOXING, INC. in 1998 and created Prime Time Boxing Club, a non-profit organization that offers scholarship programs to pay for the training, equipment and travel expense of disadvantaged children. Cary grew PRIME TIME BOXING, INC to 4 boxing clubs in California and even started franchising in 2008. Since then Cary has sold all of her clubs except one, which is called The Stables and is located in Santa Monica, CA where Cary resides.