A 10-YEAR-OLD girl who was bullied about her weight at school has turned taunts into triumph by creating her own plus-sized fashion line.
Egypt Ufele used her grandmother’s sewing machine and created a fashion line for women with curves and was overjoyed when she was asked to present at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
The youngster, who recalls being stabbed with a pencil by bullies because of her weight, aptly named her collection Chubiline (pronounced ‘chubby line’), which she describes as bringing “Africa to America one design at a time”.
“People tell me I’m good at fashion,” the schoolgirl said. “Sometimes I give my models ideas, and then we agree on it, and I end up making it.”
According to her grandma Nellie Rembert, this isn’t just a hobby for the youngster, who started her design journey stitching clothes for her dolls by hand, the schoolgirl takes the process very seriously.
“She comes out of school, goes straight into homework, and when other kids are out playing, she’s either cutting patterns or she’s creating new ideas,” her mother, Dr Reba Perry said in an interview.
On Saturday (Feb 13), she debuted her collection as part of Full Blossom Magazine’s ‘Face the Sweet’ showcase, sending several adult models down the runway in a range of designs.
“Being a designer and being at fashion shows are really exciting because you get a lot of attention, and a lot of people ask you what inspires you,” she said.