Flexing in my Complexion: Anti-bullying t-shirts.
“She started to notice she was different. She would cry a lot and talk about how she doesn’t like her skin tone”, Taylor Pollard, 22-year old big sister, told Buzzfeed.
I ask you, what is so wrong with being different? The youth is acting as the face of the positive affirmation within the community, with no tolerance to bullying, but a praise for individualism.
— Boss Babe✨ (@TaylorAndrea_) March 26, 2017
10 year-old Kheris Rogers, created her own clothing line after being bullied for her skin color.
Kheris’ sister posted a picture of her on Twitter, which broke the internet with 83,000 likes and 31,000 retweets. Social media came to her defense with positive comments. Giving her a positive outlook on her skin tone and helping her know her skin is perfect. Not alone in her experience, people reached out to Kheris discussing their own stories.
Shortly after Kheris and her sister, Taylor, decided to flaunt the phrase “FLEXING IN MY COMPLEXION” on t-shirts for the entire world to enjoy. The bold font matches the message. The t-shirt line was created to bring awareness to colorism and the divide within the communities of color. You would be surprised to see why many people with dark complexions aren’t confident.
— Kheris Rogers (@KherisPoppin) March 27, 2017
Who says my black isn’t beautiful? It is sad that individuals view black beauty in this perspective. Yet, other races have adopted African- American culture into their own. In elementary school, Kheris was discriminated for her dark skin by caucasians and teachers. With the immense bullying having a negative impact on her self- esteem, her mother decided to transfer her to a different school. After transferring to a second school the bullying continued. However, this time was from the light- skinned black students. History has a tendency of repeating itself, with a divide between light and dark complexions amongst the black community. Downplaying the radiance of dark skin, the lighter complexions have been deemed “better”.
With high demand, Kheris plans to release new designs and styles this summer. Possibly including Flexing In My Complexion fitted shirts, crop tops, and toddler sizes.