Company: Coralee Swimwear, Claire Forrest Films
Location: Brentwood, Missouri, United States
Claire Bira Forrest, Owner at Coralee Swimwear and Claire Forrest Films, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in filmmaking and swimwear.
At the start of her professional journey, Ms. Forrest earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a focus in creative writing from Saint Louis University. In need of a place to rent where she could keep all her art supplies and materials, she found her perfect location and subsequently became involved in photography, also utilizing that space for her newest endeavor. Since 2011, Ms. Forrest has served as the owner of Claire Forrest Films. Throughout the span of her artistic career, she traveled widely, including hosting and teaching a workshop in Paris for aspiring filmmakers. She works creatively with clients all over the United States and abroad, for individuals and businesses. Notably, she has been featured by vogue.com, People Magazine, abcnews.com, Ladue News, and an assortment of prestigious wedding publications and blogs.
In addition to her career in filmmaking, Ms. Forrest was inspired to open her second company, Coralee Swimwear, which sells zero-waste swimwear made from recycled ocean plastics. When she was 19 and became a certified PADI scuba diver, she worked as a snorkel instructor for the Boy Scouts in America in the Florida Keys and lived on a sailboat. During this time, she fell in love with the reef system and one decade later, she looked at the reef system through Google Earth Images and discovered the damage being done on the reefs. Knowing this, she took it upon herself to find a way to help. The mission of Coralee Swimwear is to plant a baby coral reef for every swimwear sold. With her biggest aspiration to be the ability to contribute to the healing of the ocean, Ms. Forrest hopes for her swimwear company to grow more fruitful and make a positive impact on conservation, as well as to continue her work in photography and videography.
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