Because sticks and stones may break her bones, but names will only lead her down the path towards becoming a mogul. Egypt ‘Ify’ Ufele certainly knows how to turn a negative situation into a positive one, and nothing catches the positive attention of others more than a 10 year old designer, who debuted her fashion line for all sizes at New York Fashion Week.
Ufele was constantly bullied for her size. “I was bullied and they called me all kinds of names. One time I got stabbed by a pencil,” she said in an interview. Not allowing it to get her down, she responded rather creatively by launching a clothing line, to empower other children and share positive messages .
“I like how you can interact with fabrics, get new ideas,” she says of her creative process.
Her clothing line, Chubiiline, was born to accomplish a very big vision, “Sparking conversations and inspiring the imagination, with a vision that cannot be taught, and must be personally experienced.” The brand’s platform was created to “bring Africa to America, one design at the time.”
Ufele is currently the only child designer in the history of New York Fashion Week to debut a line for plus size models. The young designer has become a role model to everyone, particularly in coming up with effective ways to address difficult situations. And to her bullies? Beyoncé’s Formation lyrics come to mind — “Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.”
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