Updated: Jan 5, 2021
This Latina entrepreneur went from living on the streets of Los Angeles to building a DIY fashion empire! Mimi G Ford went from being a single mother living on the streets of Los Angeles to building a sewing empire. If you're not familiar with Mimi G’s work, she’s the founder of the fashion blog Mimi G Style and she has become one of the most influential sewing teachers who currently holds more than 300,000 Instagram followers.
Mimi’s impressive success didn’t occur overnight. The Latina entrepreneur had a rough beginning that marked abuse and homelessness. “I was a teen runaway. I lived in Chicago with my mom and her side of the family. There was sexual abuse that happened from my uncle and my grandfather. Then my mom was in a really abusive relationship,” she tells HOLA! USA. “Things were just not good at home, so I ended up leaving home. I came to California.”
The DIY fashion mogul got her start in sewing at the age of 12 thanks to her aunt who was a seamstress in Puerto Rico. Her dad realized that Mimi really had an interest, and so he bought Mimi a sewing machine. The aspiring seamstress was heavily encouraged by her mom to continue sewing but had to put her creativity on a pause for a long time.
Mimi G Ford also said: “I literally bounced around from wherever I could stay. Then, unfortunately, that became harder and harder to do,” she says. “I was squatting in an apartment building that was going to be closed down, not far from Los Angeles City College. That‘s where I was homeless the first time, with my oldest daughter.”
Mimi G Ford had a traumatic first marriage, many hardships, and family torments. Mimi‘s dark years ultimately made her stronger and led her to where she is today. Her story is nothing but growth, determination, and inspiration.
Mimi’s rise to success began when she returned to blogging in 2012. Although she started blogging in 2008, she wasn’t consistent until four years later.
She was having a hard time making ends meet. She just found herself in a really dark place. Mimi decided that she wanted to go back to sewing, to help her get through a lot of issues that she didn’t even know that she had, or was working with. Sewing was really therapeutic for Mimi G Ford.
Since her humble beginnings, Mimi has become a mother of four, who is also happily married to her husband, and she still continues to grow her fashion DIY empire.
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