Today we release our interview with the amazing Chivon Ferguson. Chivon shares with us the reason she founded her organization, Pretty Girl Problems and sheds light on issues every woman faces but rarely discusses. This North Carolina Central University alumna reflects on childhood memories that have helped shaped the brand into what it is today.
What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Chivon Ferguson and I am the founder of Pretty Girl Problems; a life skills training program with an emphasis on character building, leadership development and tech advancement for girls.
Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?
At the time I started Pretty Girl Problems I didn't have a clear understanding that my childhood, mainly middle and high school years, shaped what was to come of the brand. As I talked to more girls and young women I realized I wish I had someone like me when I was their age to help me avoid some of the challenges I faced in the areas of self worth and goal setting.
How did you get started in your current field today? And where did that passion come from?
Pretty Girl Problems started honestly as a hashtag, lol. I use to have that "I don't feel pretty but I want to be on IG" syndrome, so whenever I posted a picture I would use the hashtag #prettygirlproblems to explain away not "looking/feeling" so pretty. At the time I was still working in branding and artist management in the music industry. I realized there were so few women behind the scenes in music, yet we did very little together in terms of supporting one another. From there I reached out to a few women I knew in the industry and we all met at Bossip's office for a little "girl talk" about support. I filmed the experience and it went viral within days. People responded positively to the name and it took off from there; I've been catching up to it ever since. As the brand grew, so to did my vision for the brand. With a bit of trial and error I realized Pretty Girl Problems was meant to move girls from where they where as young women to where they could be as grown women. The passion came from a burning desire to truly have women build themselves up first, then come together to create amazing things together.
What is the mission of Pretty Girl Problems?
The mission of Pretty Girl Problems is to create a supportive community of girls and young women who embody strength of character, advanced leadership skills and business intelligence. It is my goal to dispel the myth that women can't work together, live together start businesses together or be educated together without drama or competition.
Who do you look at as inspiration to keep going?
I look at the girls I've helped and especially the ones I haven't yet helped. I look at the grown women who publicly belittle themselves and one another without pause. I look at all the negativity associated with being a woman and it fuels me to give girls the tools necessary to bypass the potential pitfalls early. To be completely transparent, I look at my life. I recall the days I didn't like or love myself and the days I settled for far less than I was capable of and it drives me.
What makes you stand a part from everyone else in your field?
To be quite honest there isn't much that sets me a part. Here's the thing, we're all having the same human experience on earth. I'm saying the things that many girls and women are feeling and it's evident by the response to my messages and teachings. The one slight difference is that I have a platform from which I deliver my message. I create every piece of my content based on real life, so there is little uniqueness from one experience to the next. I am grateful that I have been chosen to deliver this message at this time. I am grateful that my delivery and methodology resonates with others. Being a servant leader is an amazing position that I humbly accept.
What do you love most about being a woman?
OMG...what's not to love about being a woman? We literally are the carriers of life. Like our real live super power is growing humans. How amazing is that? It makes us automatic creative beings, meaning whatever you desire to make happen in your life the power to do already exists in you. That is what I love most about being a woman!
What is your most memorable moment as the Founder of Pretty Girl Problems?
My most memorable moment as founder of Pretty Girl was speaking at my Alma Mater, North Carolina Central University. It was a surreal moment, that 10 years post graduation I was able to come back and impart something into the women of campus. The greatest part was connecting with young women that used words like inspiring and motivational. By far the best day of my journey yet.
What is your least memorable moment as the Founder of Pretty Girl Problems?
You know this question is hard for me. There have been many brick walls and obstacle but to point out the least memorable is difficult.
Are there any struggles being a woman in your field?
My girls is geared towards women, so for me it's pretty awesome!
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
I love the outdoors, especially the beach. Any opportunity I have to be outside is one I gladly accept!
Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
If I could be any animal I would probably be a bird because the idea of flying fascinates me. The funny thing is that I absolutely cannot stand birds in real life LOL.
What does the future hold for you?
The future? Wow! I'm so excited for the future amazing things await me there, marriage, children and international Pretty Girl Problems initiatives. Right now however the present has me over the moon. I'm loving this season I'm in and I'm so very grateful for its everyday blessings.
Where can people find you and how does one get involved in your organization?
People can find me online at www.theprettygirlproblem.com on IG @chivonsworld and @theprettygirlsproblem
To get involved people can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org