The former fashion icon was born and raised in Korea. She came to the U.S. at age 14 and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Fashion Design. She broke into fashion in 1990 and soon had a hit design as part of the 1990's power suit revolution. She was sold at major retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales, and was making millions.
However the stress of her incredible success took its toll on Gemma and as she became overwhelmed with the business, she couldn't keep her designs fresh, hired the wrong people and burned through her millions when she was no longer in demand. Gemma is at a crossroads, either she gets back on track or she is going to quit trying.