A 10-YEAR-OLD girl bullied about her dark skin has used social media to build her confidence and show others how ‘flex in their complexion’.
Kheris Rodgers was constantly teased about her skin tone at school.
She told BuzzFeed News that during an exercise years ago in grade school her teacher asked students to draw themselves, then handed her a black crayon.
“I’m not that dark… I’m brown,” she replied.
Her mother eventually transferred her to a new school in hope it would subside, but the bullying continued.
The schoolgirl’s 22-year-old sister, Taylor, took matters into her own hands and in late March, helped dress and style her little sister for a Wiz-inspired fashion show.
She shared them on Twitter, writing: “My sister is only 10, but already royalty,” she captioned them, adding a #FlexinInHerComplexion hashtag.
By April, the tweet and photos of Kheris went viral. It now has nearly 30,000 retweets.
When Taylor showed Kheris the flood of comments calling her “beautiful” and her skin “gorgeous,” Kheris’s face lit up.
“She was obsessed with the comments,” Taylor said. “So many people’s comments gave her a positive outlook on her skin. It gave her reassurance.”
“I was overwhelmed,” Kheris said. “There were so many comments that they loved my skin and my hair.”
Kheris now has a Twitter account, closely monitored by her mother and sister, which is filled with photo shoot images, along with empowering captions. “My black is beautiful and I’ll never let anyone tell me different” is one Taylor helped write.