It all started in March 2017, when Kheris Rogers by then had spent years as the target of relentless bullying by her elementary school peers for her dark skin tone. Fed up, Kheris turned to her older sister, Taylor Pollard, now 25, who crafted a tweet to boost her spirit. “My sister is only 10, but already royalty,” Pollard wrote alongside two fierce photos and the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion — an expression the sisters grew up hearing from their grandmother. The tweet eventually went viral; though the original is gone, you can occasionally find a copy of it online.
But the popularity inspired Kheris to share the message of positivity and self love. So she asked her mother for some funds to start making t-shirts, the first 10 sold out in moments, and their $150 investment was returned with interest. That’s how the Flexin’ In My Complexion apparel line was born; out of their home garage.
The message has resonated with people of colour from around the globe, including India and China. Kheris recalled a recent note from a young fan who also endured bullying and said Kheris’ story really lifted her up. “For me to inspire her like that and say I changed her life, it’s just, like, wow,” Kheris said. “I could change the future.”
She and her sister are certainly shaking up the present with their fashion line, which has been featured in New York Fashion Week, as well as sported by celebrities in Hollywood. But if you would like to know more you’ll have to check out your Good News Story of the Day, here, and then don’t be afraid to share your own ideas with the world!
Story and Image from TODAY.