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An 11-year-old girl who was formerly bullied for having dark skin has become a national celebrity over her story of triumph, entrepreneurship, and refined self-esteem.
Kheris Rogers (pictured) was profiled last year by TheBlackHomeSchool.com for turning her story of colorism and shame into dignity and entrepreneurship. At 10-years-old, Rogers co-founded her own business and fashion line called Flexin’ In My Complexion. Since then, the pint-sized beauty queen has become an overnight sensation.
Later last year, TheBlackHomeSchool.com profiled Rogers again for becoming the youngest clothing designer in history to have her brand showcased at an event during the annual New York Fashion Week in Harlem. Famous women in Black Hollywood, such as songstress Alicia Keys and actress Lupita Nyong’o have endorsed Rogers’ fashion imprint.
But Rogers’ brushes with high-profile celebrity super-stardom did not stop there. The budding clothier mogul has also conducted a television interview in front of a live studio audience on The Steve Harvey Show. Her status as a real deal influencer and brand builder continues to solidify itself.
In early November 2018, a Teen Vogue feature story about Rogers was published online as well. She was selected as a member of the magazine’s special 21 under 21 Class of 2018 honorees list for her outstanding story of courage perseverance, and well above-average business acumen for a young lady her age.
Rogers has experienced a whirlwind of amazing experiences in the first year of building her brand and sharing her story. However, there is one experience, in particular, which stands out the most for the doll-faced kidpreneur.
“I was on America’s Next Top Model and that was probably the most crazy thing ever. Just knowing that being a kid and you’re on America’s Next Top Model, and Tyra Banks is staring at you. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Rogers told Teen Vogue.
“It doesn’t matter what other people think about you. It’s what you think about yourself. You should always believe in yourself,” she added.