Chelsea DuDeVoire, Founder of Babes Who Hustle
Chelsea DuDeVoire spends her days highlighting noteworthy career slayers and side-hustlers on her platform Babes Who Hustle. This post-grad idea turned into a world-wide success through her women’s empowerment mission and killer merchandise! We are so happy to be spotlighting HER this time around. Not only is this praise well deserved, but her story itself will give you inspirational feels and that extra push on your hump day.
Chelsea, we ask this question to all of our amazing Spotlights - what did you dream of becoming as a little girl?
I started dancing when I was three years old, became a member of my studio’s competitive dance team by age eight, and danced on both my high school and college dance teams. Whether it was ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, kick or pom, dancing was my escape and my vice – and although it’s in a close tie with writing – my favorite way to tell a story. While it’s something I’ve since let go of to pursue other passions and professional ventures, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wonder from time to time what my life would look like had I truly pursued my childhood dream of dancing professionally. (Sorry – didn’t mean to kick off this interview with such a bummer of an answer.)
Can you describe the moment your brain birthed Babes Who Hustle, and how did it change your world?
I wish the story was super inspiring or glamorous, but the idea actually hit me on a lunch break as I was walking from my car and into a Smoothie King. (#NotSponsored.) In reality, I think the idea was subconsciously inspired by the publications, podcasts, books, brands and digital platforms I was immersing myself in at the time. It was during the 2016 Election Season and I was just generally bummed about a lot of things (see: representation of women in media, trends in journalism, etc.) The idea for Babes Who Hustle basically came from a culmination of these things.
It can be tough starting and growing an online platform. What is your best advice for those wanting to do the same, but are experiencing roadblocks?
Consistency, consistency, consistency. I can’t stress it enough. If you start something and aren’t consistent with it, how will you expect others to get on board and believe in it?
On the flip side of that, it’s also important to let things play out organically and not to over-plan every last detail. It’s cheesy, but if the passion and heart for what you’re doing is genuinely there, the rest will follow.
Self-promotion is key. I know it can be awkward and embarrassing and feel burdensome to constantly be promoting our ventures, but I promise that if you put yourself out there and promote something enough, people will begin to listen. It’s science. Or something.
Know that roadblocks are normal, and that you’re going to fail. Having a community and unconditional support system to help you pick up the slack is absolutely crucial.
Let’s dig a bit deeper - your main mission with BWH is to encourage women to celebrate and support one another. With all that is going on in the world today with sexual assaults, pay inequality, and all these women-centric issues, we are really banding together as a whole. Do you think this will create a permanent impact on society, or is it just a sign of the times?
I of course hope and believe that these movements and conversations will indeed create a concrete, lasting difference. If trailblazers in the past didn’t pursue issues they cared deeply about and simply brushed them off as a “sign of the times,” where would we be today?
What’s next for you personally, Chelsea?
I’m headed to Europe on a 2-week personal leave at the end of February with my better half (fellow travelers - look for BWH stickers scattered about Dublin, Barcelona, Florence and Paris!) In terms of BWH - we have lots of updates constantly rolling out (seemingly daily) so stay in the loop because we’re doing all the things.
Photo credit: Stefanie Keeler.
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Interview by Emily