⋇ born and raised in an entirely affluent family, the oldest of four kids. from the time she was small, louisa was made very aware that her family expected a lot from her. it was dance classes and piano lessons, math tutors and museum trips. the langley children were expected to be cultured and winners. it was a mentality that stuck with louisa through her life. ⋇ when she was ten, her mother started to shuffle her into the beauty pageant world. by then, louisa's competitive nature had begun to take root, and she wanted to make her parents proud of her. that made her quite the competitor in the pageant circuit, which in turn had her shaping and molding herself into the kind of young woman who would win those competitions. ⋇ pageants did teach her plenty, but she had zero desire to take them into any sort of professional atmosphere. her parents wanted her to get a good education, and in an ideal world make something of herself that they could be proud of. never bring bad on the family name, that was the main motto of the langley family. ⋇ attended harvard university as an art history major, figuring it was enough to appease her parents and something she could genuinely be interested in. as with everything, she threw her whole self into her school and her work. ⋇ worked her ass off through internships and entry-level jobs to gain her footing within the fashion editorial world. it cost her the most important relationship she'd had, and probably a few friends here and there. she was ever chasing some imaginary "endgame" to get the life she wanted. ⋇ in 2015, one of her fashion shoots she was covering had her meeting and interviewing with a broadway costume designer. she was a woman who loved what she did and talked about it with such passion, that it made a switch flip in lou's mind. she wanted to do something she was passionate about, without compromising herself like she felt she had been doing. ⋇ after moonlighting for a few months with the costume designer she'd met on the shoot, she quit her job. leaving gave her a panic attack, but as soon as she began to settle into working with designers and learning the trade, she was happier than she'd ever been in a career. her parents didn't understand, and it was the first real taste of disappointment she'd given them. in a way, it was incredibly freeing.