Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black Paris Profiles™: Cheryl Pegues – Part 1

Cheryl Pegues has one of the most fascinating stories that I’ve had the pleasure to follow over the years. She has experienced very difficult times personally and professionally in the City of Light (bankruptcy, serious physical and psychological illnesses, theft, heartache…) but has always come back stronger and more determined, and has consequently reached higher heights. Her saga is one of hard-earned success as an American in Paris. Part 1 follows below.


Cheryl Pegues
© Jean-Pierre Peersman

Cheryl has lived in Paris on and off since 1981. She obtained a “long-stay” visa in 1995, studied at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, and received her certificate in Draping on the Mannequin in July of that year. Changing her status from student to business owner in 1996, she opened a prototype development, pattern making and custom clothing atelier under her own name. Eventually, to make ends meet, she also began teaching English to entertainment professionals part time. Her textile business did not bring her the success that she hoped for, but she continues English training, coaching and consulting in various capacities today.


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Chief Wiz said...

Very interesting profile and very interesting blog.

About Beauford Delaney said...

Thanks very much!

Kooomi Paris said...

C'est fantastique!
Je connais cheryl et il etait grand a lire l'histoire.

artist said...

An artist and Black woman I am:

I recently returned to the States from grappling with some similar challenges in Paris. I look forward to reading and learning more about how Cheryl found her path.

About Beauford Delaney said...

Thanks for your comment, J. Journey. I'm sure that you will appreciate Part 2 of Cheryl's profile, which will be published next week. I hope that you'll comment after reading it as well!