After graduating high school, I decided to launch TrinaMonica.com. I used it as a place where I could share my personal experiences, my favorite things, and showcase people who have inspired me. The emergence of my first website enabled me to connect with multiple creative individuals across state borders, while building impactful relationships.
The following Spring, I envisioned designing a piece of clothing that was one of a kind, special, and uniquely customizable to fit in every woman’s closet. With this vision in mind, I took it to Instagram with a simple photo of a soon to be upcoming product, and curious inquiries started flowing in.
Soon after, with the support of my family and friends, and an eagerness to see my vision and product of personalized denim shorts come to life, Genuine Gem evolved. Fast forward to this year, I’m still in blissful shock of how Genuine Gem has expanded and how it is still continuing to.
Thank you to everyone who has been supportive and showed me nothing but uplifting love throughout my journey. I’m eternally grateful for all the challenges, accomplishments and people who have helped and continue to help me along the way.
I genuinely hope we can create together, help evolve each other’s craft, and that you’re always able to find sites of inspiration here.
- Creative Direction / Styling
I don't go out much.... but I definitely enjoy live concerts. Blessed to be surrounded by friends who are creative and so talented. A few of my close friends have shows this week in Seattle to Eugene.
From Madison to Jackson, blocks that I represent. . . PORTER RAY releases a new visual, "Outside Looking In" featuring Ca$htro and JusMoni (produced by ayob) from his latest EP, Nightfall. Screenplay written by Geoff Gillis, Porter Sullivan, and Jeff Harris. Directed by Malcom Proctor and Astro King Phoenix. Peep below. Jaxon Styled by Trina Monica Featuring "Moon Goddess" and "Dreaming" From the Nightfall EP Presented by: Intratecque | BTS Photography: Jay
it's almost 1am in Seattle - 2016 is around the corner, and so many thoughts are running through my head. personal. . . work. . . business.. & my happiness. Honestly, there's a lot of things I believe I could improve on to become better... one thing I want to improve the most is my business. I remember starting Genuine Gem in my backyard a couple years ago in 2012. Everything happened organically, I was taking orders left and right. I remember my phone constantly ringing. It was crazy. The last few months, I feel like I've been uninspired lately, which made me put Genuine Gem on pause to focus on myself... but I had to remind myself what I started: This summer I did not have an anniversary party for Genuine Gem - simply because I wasn't ready. Genuine Gem has grown so much! I've invested a lot of time