Meet Kheris Rogers – the 10-year-old who started a clothing line after being bullied for her dark skin.
It all started when her 22-year-old sister Taylor Pollard wanted to make her feel better by posting pictures of Kheris on Twitter with the caption: My sister is only 10, but already royalty #FlexinInHerComplexion. Surprisingly, the tweet went viral with over 83k likes and it eventually not only made Kheris feel better but also encouraged her to create her own clothing line – Flexin’ In My Complexion.
“I’ve been bullied a lot, like in the first grade, I went to school with just four other black kids,” Rogers told Mic. “And kids used to bully me because they weren’t used to my skin tone. There was an incident with a teacher and we had to draw ourselves and she gave us a black crayon instead of a brown crayon, and I was really upset.” But now that Rogers has launched her clothing line, she feels confident as ever: “I feel confident in it myself because, even if I still get picked on because I’m darker, when I put on the T-shirt, it makes me feel bold.” Hopefully, the empowering clothing line will help everyone feel confident in their skin: “I just hope that especially for younger kids, people start to feel more confident in their skin,” Pollard said. “It doesn’t matter how dark or light you are, just knowing that it’s beautiful and that your complexion doesn’t determine your beauty.”