Kheris Rogers

11-Year-Old Bullied For Skin Tone Becomes One Of Youngest Designers Featured At New York Fashion Week

Rogers founded the clothing line Flexin' In My Complexion to encourage other young women to take pride in their melanin.

by Zahara Hill, September 13, 2017

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In late March, Taylor Pollard posted a picture of her baby sis — who was being racially bullied at school — to Twitter in an effort to enlighten the then 10-year-old Kheris Rogers of her beauty. The tweet would eventually put Rogers on a path towards becoming one of the youngest fashion designers to present their line during New York Fashion Week according to Vibe.

Pollard’s March 26 post, which was accompanied by the caption: “my sister is only 10, but already royalty…#FlexinInHerComplexion” went viral with over 85,000 likes and more than 30,000 retweets.

“She’s a chocolate girl dressed nice had her natural hair showing I just wanted to put it out there she was flexing her complexion,” the big sister told CBS Los Angeles in April.

Not only did the tweet leave Rogers in awe of the abundance of positive responses, the hashtag gave the young South Los Angeles resident an idea for a business venture. She founded the clothing line Flexin’ In My Complexion to encourage other young women to be proud of their melanin. The profits from the brand’s sales will go towards Rogers’ higher education pursuits.

On Sunday, the 11-year-old presented her Flexin’ In My Complexion line at New York Fashion Week at the Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem.

“Everybody is pretty in their own way,” Rogers told CBS Los Angeles. “Always believe in yourself; don’t let nobody tell you different.”

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