The Home That Spanx Hath Wrought

Sara Blakely (R) with Ann Goldman and Ron Frasch

Shapewear — a convenient euphemism for “garments designed to compress women’s flesh and internal organs in order to align our bodies with conventional notions of beauty, not unlike what ladies once accomplished with corsets” — is a booming business, and no one knows that better than Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx.

In this week’s issue of People magazine, Blakely and her $1 billion empire are featured, because she just spent two years rebuilding her 10,000 square foot, solar-powered house in Atlanta.

Ladies, this is what your smoothed out sides and bellies are unleashing upon the world:

“It started as a minor renovation, and I basically built a house inside of a house,” says Blakely, who spent two years infusing the 10,000-sq.-ft. home with her “eclectic” style that blends bold patterns (check out that zebra print rug!) and strokes of whimsy.

A giant gumball machine greets visitors in the foyer, and an indoor-outdoor vibe gives the home a “tree fort” feel, says Blakely, whom in March Forbes named the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire.

Son Lazer, 3, enjoys a dream playroom, and fitness-focused husband Jesse Itzler, 43, gets spa-quality steam and sauna rooms.

No judgment. Just saying.

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    • alexandra


      • Lo

        I had that procedure done once. Really brightened up my under-eye circles.

      • Ellen W.

        And yes, that really does call for all caps because oh my goodness.

        First- LASER as in “the thing you use to drive your cat crazy” is actually spelled with an “s”.

        At least the name “Lazar” is a real name and maybe people won’t think about the spelling. Oh! Whikipedia says there’s a town in France called Lazer and maybe he’s named after that. It only has about 350 people, but still!

    • Sam

      I literally can’t wear anything tight because of my fibromyalgia, so the idea of Spanx makes me so horrified. Guhhh how do people HANDLE that stuff?!

    • lucygoosey74

      Spanx have always intimidated me. Whenever I’m wearing something that makes me look “lumpy” I wonder if I shouldn’t get a pair. Then the voice of reason takes over and I ditch the too tight clothing item and go shopping for something that actually flatters my body instead of buying scary undergarments that will make me miserable all day. Fashion is my life, but I will not suffer for it. Feeling good=looking good.
      By the way, Lo, your comment is hilarious!