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The Rise and Fall of LuLaRoe

In this episode, Stephanie McNeil interviews former LuLaRoe retailer Heidi Castle Lonnie about her experience with the company. Heidi shares her story of how she got involved with LuLaRoe, her highs and lows while working with the company, and how she eventually left. This episode provides insight into the world of MLMs and the red flags to look out for.

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 In this podcast, Stephanie McNeil interviews former LuLaRoe retailer Heidi Castle Lonnie about her experience with the company. Heidi shares her story of how she got involved with LuLaRoe, her highs and lows while working with the company, and how she eventually left. This episode provides insight into the world of MLMs and the red flags to look out for.

Heidi describes her first experience hearing about and attending a virtual LuLaRoe party. She was impressed by the fun environment and the variety of clothing items available for purchase. She ended up buying a pair of leggings and a tee shirt with dogs on it, and she was happy with the quality of the items.

Heidi describes her experience of first hearing about and then joining LuLaRoe, an MLM company. They recount how they were initially attracted to the company because of the quality of the products and then were quickly recruited by a consultant. The person describes how, looking back, they realize they didn't do their research into the company before joining.

Some retailers join LuLaRoe in order to empower women, while others do so because it is convenient and allows them to make money. The main reason for joining, according to one retailer, was the community of women that she gained access to. Many Unicorn prints were highly sought after and difficult to find.

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The content describes Heidi's experience with the LuLaRoe company. They discuss their high point of joining the company (becoming a trainer after only three months) and their low point (attending a leadership retreat where the entertainment was a group of nieces singing hymns). The overall tone of the piece is negative, as they reflect on what they believe to be a mistake in joining the company.

Heidi recounting their experience with Lularoe describes feeling strange about the company from the beginning, but joining anyway and becoming successful. They describe the moment they began to reconsider their involvement as being at their first convention, where they saw how poorly organized it was and how much money they were expected to spend.

The content discusses a woman's experience with the LuLaRoe buyback program. She was pregnant at the time and decided to utilize the program. She sent in her resignation and 31 boxes of inventory worth $34,000. The buyback program ended without warning on September 13.

Heidi recalls the moment she found out that LuLaRoe was going bankrupt and how she felt in that moment. She describes feeling anger and betrayal, and notes that she cried and felt stressed. She goes on to explain how she lost a lot of money in the process, and how leaving the company was difficult due to the gaslighting she experienced.

The Rise and Fall of LuLaRoe is a Discovery+ podcast about the rise and fall of the LuLaRoe company. The podcast features interviews with people who were involved with the company, including a former employee who talks about the gaslighting and love bombing she experienced while working there. The podcast also includes interviews with people who were affected by the company's collapse, and looks at the possible reasons for its downfall.

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In this episode, Stephanie McNeil interviews former LuLaRoe retailer Heidi Castle Lonnie about her experience with the company. Heidi shares her story of how she got involved with LuLaRoe, her highs and lows while working with the company, and how she eventually left. This episode provides insight into the world of MLMs and the red flags to look out for.

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Paulo Macchiarini was a world-renowned surgeon who was at the top of his field. He was a professor at the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and was known for his groundbreaking work in transplant surgery. But in 2016, it all came crashing down.

Macchiarini was revealed to be a fraud and was facing trial for aggravated assault in connection with the surgeries he performed at Karolinska. How did he fool so many people for so long?

According to journalist Benita Alexander, who interviewed Macchiarini for a documentary, it was his charisma and charm. He was able to convince doctors, patients, and journalists that he was a groundbreaking surgeon. And because of the uncritical coverage he received, his dark secrets were hidden.

But Macchiarini's colleagues were not the only ones fooled. Many of his patients found him through Google searches. And because of the positive coverage he received, they had no reason to question him.

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In this podcast, Stephanie McNeil interviews former LuLaRoe retailer Heidi Castle Lonnie about her experience with the company. Heidi shares her story of how she got involved with LuLaRoe, her highs and lows while working with the company, and how she eventually left. This episode provides insight into the world of MLMs and the red flags to look out for.

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Hi, everyone, this is the rise and fall of LuLaRoe. I'm your host, Stephanie McNeil and I'm a senior culture reporter at BuzzFeed News. In this podcast, we are diving deep into the world of LuLaRoe. For those of you who don't know LuLaRoe skyrocketed to success back in 2015. With its buttery soft leggings 10s of 1000s of women sold them on Facebook, and in their own homes as part of a billion dollar multi level marketing scheme. But many of them say the company's success was too good to be true that they were actually losing money. And in 2017, former LuLaRoe retailers banded together to sue the company, alleging it was a pyramid scheme. On this show, we speak with retailers whose lives were turned upside down. We also talked to experts who can shed light on how these MLMs really work, including the red flags that you should keep an eye out for.

For our very first episode, we wanted to hear from someone who had been through it all. So I'm talking to former LuLaRoe retailer Heidi Castle Lonnie, about her experience selling for LuLaRoe, Heidi tells us what made her joined LuLaRoe her highest and lowest points at the company, how ultimately she got out and what she left behind. Let's get into it. Heidi, thank you so much for joining us. So we're going to dive into your experience at LuLaRoe, which I am so excited to hear more about. But for us to get a sense of who you are as a person. Can you tell me a little bit about your life before joining LuLaRoe.

So I actually had a successful marketing career prior to LuLaRoe. And I had also worked in the entertainment industry in Boston, and I got pregnant and my husband simultaneously had to relocate to New York City for his job. And when we moved to New York, he was like we're not having a baby in New York City. This is not happening. We're gonna move to Connecticut to the suburbs. And here I am a new mom in a new place. And I was pretty lonely. I was really lonely. Actually.

I was gonna say that sounds very isolating.

It was isolating, you know, like you're sitting with a newborn baby that can't speak all day long when you went to being like, surrounded by adults all day and you're in your adult thoughts. And, you know, it was quite a lifestyle shift for me.

Do you remember the first time you heard about LuLaRoe? And where were you and what was the circumstance?

Sure. So the first time that I heard of LuLaRoe is actually in a Facebook mom group. The mom that invited me was a mom that I had connected with in California that was in this online mom group as well. And she just kept saying the leggings, the leggings, leggings, they're so buttery soft. You're never ever going to feel anything else like this. And like especially after having a baby like you have to at least fork over the 25 bucks for a pair of leggings and you'll be hooked. And I was like, Alright, fine. I'll see what it's all about, you know. And yeah, she invited me to a virtual leggings party. I want to say that that was at the end of 2014.

I have to say I've never been to a virtual party on Facebook. So I would love if you could describe it for me.

Sure. So basically, you know you're in a Facebook group and along with the items for sale that she's posting pictures I have that you can comment sold on. She's also posting really funny memes. She's posting surveys to get you to interact. And everyone's interacting, people are laughing people are saying funny things for giving funny answers. And then you know, like there's banter back and forth. And it was just like a really fun environment. And just the interactions with the women, even though it wasn't my community that I was living in. It was just a breath of fresh air. I realized, like I was so desperately missing, having a female network of my own,

especially going from a corporate career to being a stay at home mom, I feel like that's jarring for so many women, and then adding in having to move in a completely new place.

Absolutely. And all the while, you know, I'm in the group, and I'm just watching people interact. And comment sold sold sold on different items of clothing. And so, of course, I'm watching it all go down as well. Because I have a marketing background. I'm like, huh, this is interesting. It piqued my interest for sure.

So did you buy something at the party? Oh, yes,

I did. I bought a pair of leggings. With horses all over them.

Are you a horse girl?

I'm not a horse girl. I

just had to ask. I

don't know what attracted me. I think I wore them with some tall brown riding boots. Perfect. So and I also bought a randy tee with dogs and dogs all over it.

Oh my god. I mean, the dogs and the horses. That's a that's a real outfit, right there.

Was it was its own Lulu suit. And I didn't even know it at the time.

So do you remember when you got the leggings? Did they live up to the hype?

Oh, for me, they definitely did. They were buttery soft. And they felt amazing. They looked amazing. Or so I thought and. And I was hooked. Honestly, I was like, I can wear these to bed. I can wear these everywhere.

Did you know anything about MLMs at the time? And did you know LuLaRoe was an MLM.

I didn't know too much about MLMs. In the past, I had been invited to stuff like Pampered Chef parties and Mary Kay. But my knowledge of MLMs was, I didn't really know, I didn't know. And I certainly didn't understand that LuLaRoe was an MLM. And I feel really naive and almost stupid saying that now, you know, I'm like, Gosh, I really didn't do my due diligence at the time.

I mean, LuLaRoe did look very different than a Pampered Chef or Mary Kay, it was selling clothing. It was you know, primarily virtual. Did you have any opinion of people who joined MLMs before you got into LuLaRoe? Oh,

definitely. I think that, you know, when I became a mom in 2014 at that time, what was really popular was the makeup brand unique. Yes. And so that was kind of the extent of my MLM knowledge at the time. And I just would watch them in the Facebook mom group recruiting other moms for unique. And I just like, Oh, God, that'll never be me. Never get involved in one of those.

So what did you do after attending that first party getting your first pieces of LuLaRoe? Did you join groups? Or how did your descent into the LuLaRoe community begin?

After that first party? I wore the clothes I liked them. And I talked to my other friends that bought things. They liked the stuff too. And so I'd start talking to the consultant in California that I bought my first item from but then I think she's on the other coast if I need something different timezones, I don't think that'll work. And then simultaneously as I'm asking her questions that same week, I got a message from LuLaRoe boutique owner in Maryland's that I had bought several items from and she just said, you know, she just checked in with me. She was super friendly. Hey, how's everything going? I wanted to see how you liked everything that you bought. And we were just chit chatting over Facebook Messenger. And then she said, By the way, you love this stuff so much. I don't know why you don't consider selling it. I never thought I would be, but it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made. And she just left it at that. That's a pretty good sales pitch. It was slick. And so I'm like, Huh, okay. And then she just kept the banter going, she was really good at that. And that's who I ended up joining under. And she was sort of like, from the time I expressed interest to her through messenger. She was really, really quick to get me all of the info that I needed to look over. You know, she emailed it to me within the hour to review she was hard selling you. She was she was Yeah. So a lot of LuLaRoe.

retailers do this thing where they share their why for joining LuLaRoe. So if I could ask you, what was your why?

I mean, at the time, my wife for joining was to help empower other women. I thought, okay, I can sell stuff, make money and empower women at the same time. Plus, this is super convenient. With my mom's schedule, I'm able to prioritize my child and still make some money for myself and not be totally dependent on my husband's, it makes a lot of sense, because you were not working outside of the home at the time, correct? That's correct. I had an office job where I worked anywhere from 40 to 50 hours a week prior to having children. And I knew that that just wasn't going to fly with mom life. And so if I wanted to have, you know, some sort of independence, I had to be a little more creative. And LuLaRoe certainly offered that at first.

When you reflect on that period, what do you think was the main reason? You were like, I'm gonna try this out?

It definitely was the community first. Once I bought into Lula row, I, it was plug and play, I had an instant network of fabulous women.

And that's so powerful, especially, I think anyone would really love having a ready made group of friends given to them, but especially in the circumstances that you were in.

Absolutely. I was lonely at the time. And this changed so much for me.

Do you remember approximately how much your initial investment was?

My initial investment was a little over $7,000.

Wow. Do you remember any memorable prints or items that you got in your first box? Were there any where you were like, the suck? Are there any where you were like, Oh, wow, this is good.

You know, so in my initial shipment, what I will say is that of the leggings I got in my initial shipment, they definitely dangled Some so called unicorn prints for the leggings. As far as the clothing items, though the shirts and dresses and skirts. I was completely flooded and overwhelmed with geometric patterns. There was not a geometric pattern I didn't get in my initial shipment. And they did things like you would get, oh, we're out of size small or medium which are really common sizes, you know, so we're just going to send you 23 excels for those

who may not know what a unicorn print in LuLaRoe is can you describe what that means in the LuLaRoe community? And do you remember which unicorns they were

a unicorn print is highly sought after. Typically, it's hard to find everybody wants it. When LuLaRoe did their collaboration with Disney. I remember that there was a certain print of legging with Cinderella's castle on it. And people they lost their minds. They like lost their ever living minds over this Cinderella Castle leggings. So that was one of the prints anything with actual unicorns on it was typically a unicorn. There were doughnuts that people went crazy for there were octopus that people went nuts for the list goes on.

So that first day you're coming off this huge rush. What did you do next? And how were those first weeks and months and your LuLaRoe business?

So two weeks into my own journey with selling LuLaRoe somebody already wanted to join my team. I was like what I I didn't even think I was gonna have a team. I just thought I was selling and going at my own pace. But then this woman approaches me. And I'm like, Well, jeez, you know, why would I refuse to build a team? When she's approaching me and clearly wants to do this with me. She lived in the next town over and I think we had mutual friends. She saw how much I was selling. She was in the Facebook group, and was watching all the sold comments. And so that's how that happened. And then from my first team member, I mean, it was just a snowball effect as far as me building and team.

So you eventually got to the level of coach for Lula row. So for those listening, what does that mean? How big was your team? How big was your Facebook group? And what kind of privileges or perks did you get with that title?

Sure. So I was actually one of the first three retailers in the state of Connecticut for LuLaRoe. And I became a coach in 11 months. And after almost two years, in LuLaRoe, I had about 120 Women on my team,

how many hours a day, were you running your business? By the time you reach the coach level and had a big team under you? And was it primarily managing your team? Was it selling?

It was nonstop? I mean, women on my team would be texting me about issues, you know, 3am 5am, I mean, all hours, just all hours with issues.

Were you making a lot of money during let's say, your top years at Lula row? Did you make your investment back? What was the in and out of your income?

I made my initial investment back in? I think it took me three or four weeks. So yeah, it happened pretty quickly. And that was certainly a selling point that I used in my recruitment. You know, I went full throttle with this for months, and look what I did, I was able to make my initial investment back. And then, you know, as I became a coach, my monthly bonus checks were, the average that I earned was usually around $6,000, the highest that I earned was just shy of $10,000. And this is a month this is per month, this is a month, right, which is a pretty good income. And that's just your bonus check. That's not what you're making by selling your inventory that is just for training and supporting your team. That's what that bonus check is for. But then I'm seeing you know, I'm receiving this bonus check. And then I'm thinking I'm making so much more with this bonus check that I am selling the actual clothes. So then yeah, my energies did shift into the team management aspect and recruitment.

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Let's think about your high point of LuLaRoe. What do you remember about the community and what you were getting out of the community? And do you have a high point a cruise a convention that you're like, This is the best?

It's funny, you know, I think that my high point was also my low point. And I can explain that. My high point was certainly being three months into LuLaRoe. And becoming a trainer and being invited to my first leadership only three months in and your first leadership is only the leaders you're only with the top tier moneymakers in LuLaRoe. It's not like the convention where everyone shows up so you have more access to the top sellers like Lindsey Wheeler, you know, you can walk right up to her and start talking to her. And so that That was a high for me being three months in and achieving that, which it took my own sponsor to become a trainer. I think she told me it took her a year. So achieving that and just three months. It was amazing. So I fly out to California for this convention. And then I meet the systems and all of the other LuLaRoe retailers. And I was like, um, I know about all this.

And just for our listeners, Deanna and Mark system are the husband and wife who founded LuLaRoe.

Right, my very first leadership there, I think it was in Pasadena. And they had a concert that they had, like an opening event, at the bowl there in Pasadena. And the performers for the concert there. Now, everybody's heard about Katy Perry. And Kelly Clarkson. Well, we had Dan's three or four nieces singing hymns. That's not quite Katy Perry. It's not quite Katy Perry. No. So that was in 2015. And that's, that was the entertainment we received. So we're all like sitting on the grass lawn. And I am looking to the ladies next to me. And I'm like, are we really singing about Jesus right now? What is happening? So yeah, my high point was also my low point, because it was the realization of what the actual f did I get involved with?

It's not your typical corporate leadership retreat.

It's not not a lot of Jesus. Usually. No, there's usually no Jesus.

So what was going through your head at that moment? Did you have a minute of, oh, gosh, did I make a huge mistake? Or was it just, oh, this is new?

Nope. Having grown up in a religious environment, my red flags went up actually, for real. I was like, What the hell have I done, but I was already in it. I built a team. So I was like, You know what, we're just gonna consider this a minor infraction.

So you said that your first impression of seeing Deanna and the stadium family made you feel a little what is going on here. So I need to know more details about that.

Dan, is larger than life in person. And then her husband's mark is sort of just like this puppy dog that shuffles along behind her doesn't say much, but then when he does open his mouth, it's like loud and Donald Trump ask. And I was just like, shit. I'm in a cult.

You said that dn was larger than life. Can you describe what you mean by that?

I mean, she has a really loud voice. She's very boisterous. She has this big, huge, Texas blonde hair, and everything. Like no matter what time of the day it is, it could be five in the morning, or 1am. And she's like, you know,

that actually was a really good impression of her.

Well, I certainly had to hear her voice long enough. So

I'm, I'm impressed and a little a little creeped out.

Thank you. And her eyes were always like, everything was always so exciting. You know. And that was how Dan was. And then Mark was her more quiet sidekick. He, you know, Dan was the fluff and the feelings and Mark was the business and sort of pull you up by your bootstraps, type personality.

Okay, so you're in Lula row, you go to this convention. You you feel a little weird about it. But you keep selling you build this big team, you now you're a coach, what was the moment where you started to reconsider your involvement with the company,

when it began to reconsider was my first convention that I attended, when I saw how many retailers and that wasn't even all of them, not everyone shows up, and I saw the amount and then I saw that they couldn't feed everyone and how poorly organized the event was, but yet that we had to pay $350 of our own money to be there. We had to pay for our airfare, our hotel, accommodations, everything, and then they pull all of this, you know, we're going to launch a new product. And so then you're placing orders and spending more money while you're there. And then they opened up this pop up shop, the supply store And you're buying more product in there.

And what year was this? How long have you been in Lula row at this point?

I want to say this was now 2016. So I'm in it for a year now,

what were the events at the convention? And what was that convention? Like? I know, you said it was a bit chaotic. But what are the things did you do there? Did you have friends there?

I did. A lot of my team members showed up. So it was the first time that I got to hang out with some of my team members from California and from other states, outside of Connecticut, it was really amazing. I got to bond with these women. And you know, we got to do stuff go out to dinner together, we got to outfit plan and put on our makeup together and blast music in the hotel room and got to forget that we were a bunch of moms for a moment. So it was a really beautiful thing. But simultaneously, like I said, the poor organization by LuLaRoe was just so evident. What were some aspects of the event that were poorly organized, there wasn't enough food for people, they ran out of products. We were in the stifling California sun and heat with no tents, like out just standing in a parking lot for hours in line waiting and waiting. It was a mess. And then on top of it paying to be there. Gross.

So you got back and what was the moment that you were like, I really need to start getting out of this. And were you still making money at that point.

So at that point, I was making money. But that really was the turning point a year in when I started to focus on my bonus check versus selling inventory. And it also became much more demanding because my team was just growing and growing. So I was still like, I'm going to stick with this as long as I can. And then when I got pregnant with my second child, that was the point at which I said, You know what? I'm not doing this anymore. No way. So how did you go about actually quitting? It was 2017, they announced their buyback program. And I thought, Okay, that's great. I'm gonna utilize that if I need to. For those who don't know, what was the buyback program. The buyback program was a program that LuLaRoe developed to deal with people that had any apprehension of making this huge investment and losing all of their money. They said, Look, if you start to sell these clothes, and you feel like you're not making money, you can box it all up, you can send it back to us. We have no expiration date on this offer. And we will give you a 100% refund. And we're glad you gave us a try. So I am pregnant, and my baby is due in November. So in August, I decided that I'm going to pack all of my inventory up. In the end, I boxed up 31 boxes of inventory. And these are big, huge boxes. We're talking. And that was $34,000. That's a lot. That's a lot of clothes. That's a lot of LuLaRoe polyester.

Where did you put all these in your house? I'm just curious. So

I actually had a basement, a finished basement that I turned into a boutique. I was fortunate enough to have that extra space. But I had a lot of women on my team that made their dining rooms, their boutique. So I boxed it all up and did all of the necessary things I needed to do to start the process of the buyback. I sent my resignation on September 3 of 2017. And then I waited. And on September 13, I believe it was they announced the end of the buyback program without any warning.

What was that moment like for you?

I mean, here I am with this big pregnant Valley, and all these huge heavy boxes. And I'm like, You have got to be kidding me. I mean, people went crazy. People went insane. Over this absolutely no announcement. And at first I thought this isn't real, like how can they do this? Like what legal leg can they stand on? And it turns out LuLaRoe can do whatever the hell they want.

How did you feel in that moment?

I had an extreme rush of anger. I definitely cried about it. Because I was so stressed. What the hell am I going to do with 31 boxes of ugly ass polyester? I mean some of those As prints that I packed up to send back had come in my initial inventory purchase, I still had prints from my initial order, that's insane. I was screwed either way, I was gonna lose my money, whether I donated it, send it all back to them. Either way I was gonna lose. So what did you do? So I donated all of it, and I took the tax write off.

So how much money do you feel like you lost approximately,

you know, the total of the actual inventory was 34,000. And, you know, you tack on all of the equipment that you purchase, the hangers, the racks, the label, printer, and all of the packaging and all of your marketing collateral that you you know, you had made? I don't know, I think that I probably lost around 50 grand, maybe more. And then why don't we just tack on my six therapy sessions and 2019 to unpack my LuLaRoe experience. You know, because come to find out there was a lot of gaslighting that was involved in that environment. And, you know, once I left, I realized that I did need some therapy to move past it.

You said that you felt like some trepidation and fears about leaving LuLaRoe and you talked about feeling gaslit What were you afraid of?

I knew that it was going to be sort of like when you leave a cult, I had people that immediately stopped speaking to me when I laughed, they cut me off, you know, deleted me on Facebook. Some people went as far as blocking me. And like for what like just because I don't want to sell leggings with you anymore. What the hell? This isn't just like a clothing company, then. If we're blocking unfollowing and, you know, whatever else in to say like that scary. You know, looking back now that I'm 41 years old, I'm like, gosh, you know, like then those were never real friendships to begin with. But at the time, I was so invested because I didn't have a local network of my own. This was this really was my, you know, it was my community in so many ways. And so yeah, knowing that friendships and bonds would end. It was scary to me. Sadly,

we're gonna hear more about how Heidi rebuilt her life after leaving LuLaRoe later in this series. For Heidi, like many who left LuLaRoe bouncing back was not easy. She had to build back family relationships and understand that patterns of abuse like gaslighting and love bombing, both of which she says happened to her while at LuLaRoe thanks for listening. The Rise and Fall of LuLaRoe is a discovery plus podcast. From discovery. Our executive producer is Michael DiSalvo. From BuzzFeed, our executive producer is Karolina let's lobby Special thanks to Shelly Sinha, discovery, Samantha Hennig and Richard Allen breed at BuzzFeed and Pete Ross at left right. Our show is produced by Nyan hum media. Jonathan Hirsch and Sharon Morris are the executive producers. Our lead producer is Munna, Danish associate producer is Rufaro. Faith. Our production manager is Samantha Allison, sound design and engineering from Mark bush. Our theme music is from Epidemic Sound. See you next week.

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