Hi! I’m Olivia Blatchford Clyne, a professional squash player on the PSA tour who has enjoyed representing the U.S. National Team for over 12 years and has achieved a highest world ranking of #12. When Mia approached me about becoming a part of the Nova team, I leapt at the opportunity. I am a huge believer in empowering strong young women to follow their passions in athletics. Too often, dedicated female athletes have to choose between embracing their femininity and expressing their athleticism on the court. Nova is bridging that gap between the fierce, young woman and the professional, competitive athlete. When I put on my Nova dress before a match, I feel ready to battle, ready to dominate, and ready to win.
My name is Nele Gilis. I am a five-time Belgian National Champion and have achieved a highest world ranking of #19. Playing in dresses has always made me feel feminine, unique, and confident, but before Nova, every dress I played in felt restraining. Playing in Nova dresses makes me feel stylish, comfortable, and powerful all at the same time. I’m so proud to be a part of the Nova Team, helping to empower young women and girls in athletics with every dress.
When I saw a Nova dress for the first time, the first thought that came to mind was where has this dress been all my life and how can I buy one ASAP? Since I was young, I always felt that the apparel options for female players were extremely limited. Nova has filled a gap in the market through creating a fierce and classic line of athletic dresses that not only make you look sharp, but also allow you to perform optimally. Wearing a Nova dress on game day makes me feel stylish, empowered, and ready to compete against the world’s best. Nova Apparel NYC was founded in 2018 by the Krishnamurthy sisters, all of whom are still in high school! Their product is what caught my attention, but when I heard their story, I knew I had to find a way to work with these young and inspiring female entrepreneurs, and I am so proud to represent their vision.
My name is Marina Stefanoni. I am the #1 U19 squash player in the United States. I am the first American to win the 2019 British Junior Open in 12 years. When I started playing 7 years ago, many major squash tournaments did not offer equal prize money to women and men, but this gap has thankfully closed over the years. Today, however, there exists a new issue: respect. Too often, women are not recognized for their athletic abilities and are overshadowed by their male counterparts. Nova Apparel has a vision to empower young women through their clothing on court. The dresses are elegant and comfortable, allowing women to showcase their beauty and femininity while highlighting their strength and athleticism on the court. I do not usually wear dresses to compete, but I want to help show other women and girls that they can be both feminine and capable of amazing physical feats. Wearing my Nova dress allows me to do just that.