Black excellence

10-year-old schoolgirl bullied about her dark skin launches confidence-building fashion company

FLEXIN: Kheris Rodgers

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl bullied about her dark skin has created a fashion line in hopes of instilling confidence in other young girls facing the same.

Kheris Rodgers announced the launch of Flexin In My Complexion on social media yesterday (April 27), writing: “I am now a 10 year old business owner please support!”

Kheris 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.


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