In The Hot Seat -Gladys Wakatama
Super Smart Scientist and Plus size Siren
Gladys was introduced to VC by a friend who recommended she try the PBL for herself being a girl with a unique sense of style and a passion for giving back, who had made her home in Leicester where the leggings are made.
Then she was kind enough to post a selfie on Instagram for us and because of her posistivity, good vibes and enthusiam for life she was an obvious choice to profile for you.
Our questionaire below, adapted from the much more famous version credited to Marcel Proust, has allowed us to gain insight for you into some of the women who have supported Shirley's vision to bring ethical textiles and fashion production from the UK to women all over the world.
This is the third in our #teamvc "In The Hot Seat" series; Enjoy.
Q. What is your age?
Q. Where are you from in the world?
A. Originally from Zimbabwe moved here, (to the UK) aged 11
Q. What is your Greatest Achievement/Proudest Moment?
A.Graduating with a 2:1 in Biomedical Science
Q. What was the greatest obstacle you had to overcome to get there?
A. Applying for and securing permanent residency in the UK
Q. What do you do for fun/ to relax?
A. Attend Dub Reggae Sound System events and dance the night away. So in a word, dance!
Q. What is the most exciting place you have visited that you long to return to someday?
A. My home country. Zimbabwe is such a beautiful country.
Q. Who in your life inspires you the most?
A. My mother! Who has just turned 64 and returned to education earlier this year. There is a lesson in there somewhere to all of us, never give up!
Q. What is it about them that drives you to work hard and be better?
A.Her determination and perseverance. She keeps pushing the barriers down.
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated to keep going when things get tough?
A. Positive affirmations. I write nice things about myself in my journal and when i'm down this is a good place to start. Generally I'm quite a positive person. In the words of Rupaul, "if you don't live yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else"
Q. What's the one thing you want to achieve/do before you die?
A. I want to visit the Great Rift Valley in East Africa
Q. What did you do today?
A. I spent the day helping my parents with their various technology issues.
Q. If you could do any profession/job what do you think you would be great at and enjoy doing the most?
A. Listening and giving advice comes easy to me. So, I think I would be a great psychotherapist/ therapist. I enjoy helping people find balance. Whatever profession that is.
Q. What was the last book you read?
A. The last book I read was "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Q. Who are you listening to at the moment?
A. Travis Scott
Q. If you could change one thing about the world we live in what would it be?
A. Eliminate Greed
Q. What item (other then your PBL) could you not live without?
A.My oversized denim jacket
Q. Please give us one word to sum up your Venus Cow PBL experience?
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