Entrepreneur, Blogger, and fierce fashionista Jaye Gipson-Trimble Founder and Editor of plus size fashion Chicago based blog ‘Curvatude’ is diffidently here to slay! With no apologies approach style, Jaye’s style is a constant inspiration to me. I was lucky enough that Jaye chose to sit down with me for an interview to discuss fashion, her own personal style, blogging, and everything in between.
Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you
You are very welcome. Thanks for being interested
I love your blog and I really wanted to feature you on Fiercely Fat.
You live in Chicago, is that correct?
Yeah I do
Did you always live there or are you a recent transplant?
I was born and raised in Chicago
What do you do for a living?
I am an entrepreneur. I used to be an investment accountant but I “paroled” myself from corporate almost 20 years ago. So now I work with private clients, and of course also my blog
Wow, talk about being a #girlboss. What made you want to entrepreneur?
I always wanted the freedom to control my days and working for yourself can give you that.
I see that as so inspirational to me, and for other women who aspire to do the same thing.
Thanks. And the great thing is that women have so many options to be entrepreneurs nowadays
Did you go to college? And if so what university?
School has never really been my thing so I can’t really sit in class. I went to a few schools DePaul, Columbia Chicago, Robert Morris but I only got a certificate degree from Robert Morris when I was 19.
I am also a beauty school dropout.
But I started working as a receptionist in accounting and ended up being promoted to a jr accountant and then an investment accountant even without a degree
Accounting was just a natural, easy thing for me
Wow, that is not a typical career path, but that took a lot of skill and strength to able up to lift yourself so far up the ladder without a traditional degree. People think that but I don’t feel that way.
I just did what came naturally to me and got recognized for it. I don’t think I worked harder than anyone else it just wasn’t a traditional route
Well, it’s certainly inspirational. It proves really that you don’t need to always go the traditional route to gain success.
And obviously, I worked with people who were more about who could get the job done than all the “should have.” Hopefully, more women are realizing that “traditional” isn’t always required.
I mean look at all the people who went the traditional route and are stuck & miserable in jobs they hate or are undervalued at
I totally agree. I think in this current climate the traditional route is not always a recipe for success. We have so many more options to create the lives & careers we want
Now, let’s discuss a few more personal things before we talk about your blog and your style What is your favourite book?
Hmmm…that’s a tough one.
I love so many.
Well, how about one of the most recent?
Well, how about one of the most recent?
Sure, go for it!
I loved Jenifer Lewis’ The Mother of Black Hollywood. It is amazing on so many levels. It’s so honest & so raw. And I love books that can change lives and it is definitely one of those We don’t talk about mental health in the black community enough so it’s truly a gift that she shares her story
What’s your favourite colour?
It’s a toss-up between black and orange.
Do you have any pets?
I had a doggy. I miss him every day.
I know I’m breaking professionalism, but I want to hug you right now.
Do you have any hobbies outside of work or fashion blogging?
I love photography and have started shooting to build up my portfolio.
Oh, awesome! I am a huge fan of photography, although I suck at it myself. What camera do you use?
I am currently using the first DSLR I purchased like 5+ years ago, the Canon T3 But I am only now investing in shooting in mobile and it’s so much fun. I am turning 50 in April & finally doing my photography is one of the things on the list of things to do before the big day.