Watch This Little Nigerian Girl Slay At The New York Fashion Week

February 23, 2016

At only 10, this little Nigerian-American girl has experienced a lot of struggles which include body shaming and bullying from her peers.

Egypt Ify Umele, a fifth grader at a school in Queens, New York got teased mercilessly and called all sorts of names.

The bullying resulted in her going to the hospital on many occasions. She was also once stabbed with a pencil.

Being a creative child who started sewing using thread and needle, she launched her clothing line named ‘ChubiiLine’.

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This is my favorite fabric.

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Moving on from thread and needle, she started making clothes for her dolls and then proceeded to making adult and children clothes using her grandmother’s sewing machine.

Her clothing line was her clapback for her haters. ChubiiLine was named after one of the names the bullies called her “Chubby” and is targeted for children, adults and also features plus-size pieces.

Her clothes were showcased for the first time at the 2016 New York Fashion Week and she has become the first child plus-size designer to grace the fashion show.

Ify wants to bring Africa to America through her designs especially through the use of African prints and styles.

Check out this video of her collection at the 2016 New York Fashion Week.

We wish her all the best and hope all her dreams come true.

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