Kheris Rogers, a 10-year-old fifth grader from South L.A. has experienced her share of bullying for having dark skin — by both white and Black kids — throughout elementary school. She even remembers a time back in first grade when her teacher told all the students to draw themselves, handing her a black crayon instead of a brown one, sending her home in tears. “I thought I was really ugly after people were telling me I was ugly,” she told CBS Los Angeles in a recent interview.
But after participating in a local fashion show, having those photos go viral, and being flooded with tons of compliments and other positivity, Kheris is regaining her self-confidence and is now on a mission to make sure people know that “everybody is pretty in their own way.”
In response to her haters, Kheris pulled a page from Beyoncé’s book and started making metaphorical lemonade out of those bullying lemons — she launched a business! Her online store, Flexin’ In My Complexion features stunning pictures of Kheris modeling her first line of tees, which also say, “Flexin’ In My Complexion” and come in a variety of colors. The perfect reminder for all of us to celebrate our beautiful diversity.
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