How I made it: Andrianna Shamaris, Furniture designer
CHILDHOOD was tough for Andrianna Shamaris. When she was three her mother died of cancer at the age of 36. A year later her father died, seemingly from a broken heart.
The orphaned Shamaris was brought up by an older aunt and uncle, and recalls being taunted and roughed up by children at school because she did not have parents.
When she finished secondary school in Stockwell, south London, there was no money to pay for further study, so Shamaris went travelling. Her first stop was Italy to learn Italian and work as an au pair for a year. Then she travelled to Australia for six months, where she worked in a shop that sold designer-label clothes in Sydney.