Emerging Stronger: How to Overcome Trauma with Paige Adams-Geller

In this episode, Valeria is joined by the inspiring Paige Adams-Geller, the phenomenal founder of Paige, the fashion-forward denim brand we all know and love.

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Content Warning: The following episode discusses serious and sensitive matters surrounding sexual assault.

What unexpected insights or personal growth did you discover while coping with the impact of trauma? How did you find the strength to navigate through the aftermath of a traumatic experience and emerge stronger than ever? Valeria opens up about how she and her guest got through uncomfortable situations. 

In this episode, Valeria is joined by the inspiring Paige Adams-Geller, the phenomenal founder of Paige, the fashion-forward denim brand we all know and love. Paige takes us on a captivating ride through her life, how she ventured into the thrilling world of modeling and fashion and the hardships she would face, the untold, ugly side of the fashion industry that's rarely spoken about, and her intuitive business strategies and how she trusted her instincts to thrive in the cutthroat world of entrepreneurship. 

You can find Paige on: 




Your Perfect Fit 

Valeria is on:




Not Alone Podcast

What We Talked About:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:52 Let’s meet the Paige founder, Paige Adams-Geller
  • 01:54 How it was growing up in Alaska
  • 04:01 Learning how to keep yourself occupied and use your imagination
  • 06:34 Becoming a model and joining the fashion industry
  • 11:18 How s*xual assault can impact your life
  • 17:19 The ugly, untold side of fashion
  • 22:51 Why I decided not to have children
  • 24:08 Why do we keep making the wrong choices?
  • 26:44 Are there any unexpected gifts from trauma?
  • 30:29 Putting thought into action, and Paige was born
  • 34:36 Always trust your intuition when you’re running a business
  • 41:33 How do you know when to reinvent yourself?
  • 44:01 Starting the brand off as a denim brand
  • 50:07 What keeps you inspired these days?
  • 52:17 Do you think your younger self is proud of your current self?



Paige Adams-Geller

From the beginning, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Paige Adams-Geller, embraced change, aiming to inspire as her story evolved. Her journey began in Los Angeles, where her entrepreneurial spirit took her from working as one of the top fit models in the industry to launching her namesake collection in 2005. In late 2006, Adam-Geller launched a men’s line with the same commitment to quality and attention to detail. With the help of her leadership and vision, what started as a women’s denim brand quickly expanded into a full lifestyle collection for men and women, sold at premium retailers internationally. Today, she sits at the helm of PAIGE continuing to lead with her commitment to cutting edge design and passion for creating pieces that you will live in. Adams-Geller’s true passion in life is inspiring and empowering others. She is a dedicated board member of the Rape Foundation and the Women of Tomorrow Foundation, on the Board of Councilors for Annenberg School at USC, a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council, a trained volunteer at the Stuart House, and a proud supporter of many other charitable organizations including NEDA and the Advot Project.


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