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Life & Work with Chelsea VonChaz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea VonChaz.

Chelsea, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Whew. This is a loaded question. In 2015, I was still a stylist, transitioning into wardrobe/costuming. My last gig was assisting the wardrobe department for HBO’s Insecure. I was still trying to figure out if I wanted to join the union or even wanted to continue being in the fashion industry. On my way to a gig, I saw a homeless woman crossing the street, and she was free-bleeding. That was it for me.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This isn’t smooth at all. I’ve really grateful that a lot has fallen out of the sky for me, and I know it’s because I’m in alignment with my purpose. But, it does come with negativity and even stigma. Working in the non-profit sector, there’s a lack of respect that’s always in the air. Brands want to use you or the charity for clout, performative activism, or to seem impactful. The public may not like the mission or what he stands for or that it’s a Black Woman running it. I think the public doesn’t respect Black leadership in the non-profit sector. The world is comfortable with Black bodies needing aid or lacking and not leading their own movement, organizations for change. I’m aware of all of this, as I’ve experienced it. I keep going.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m an impacter. I create ways for people to give back to their communities and ways to help themselves. Menstrual equity is my lane. So as a social entrepreneur, I use periods as a platform to educate and provide for those that want to have a better experience with their periods.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
It’s best to NOT give a fuck about pleasing everybody because it’s impossible, and it could be unhealthy to attempt to do so. You can’t make everybody happy, so focus on your own happiness, even in business.

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Gianna Dorsey.

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