10-year-old Kheris Rogers knows what it’s like to feel like an outsider.
The Los Angeles fifth grader had to transfer from her mostly white school to a more racially diverse one to avoid being bullied for her dark skin. But when she got to her new school, she was still taunted—and to her surprise, from other Black classmates.
“I just didn’t feel I was that pretty. I thought it was really ugly, people telling me it was ugly she told CBS Los Angeles back in April. She added: “I felt like they were bullying me because of my skin color because I was darker.”
But the pre-teen has turned her mistreatment into an empowering lesson of self-love by starting a new t-shirt line that celebrates her skin color. Rogers said that she was inspired to create “Flexin’ In My Complexion” after she and her 22-year-old sister Taylor Pollard started a Twitter account that consisted of pictures of Rogers. The account went viral with people praising the tween for being unapologetically Black and her courage to speak out against colorism.
Fans also stressed that Rogers was a beautiful young girl.
“After I read all those comments I was like – wow – am I really that pretty?” Rogers told CBS Los Angeles.
And from there, a grand idea was born:
Source: Black America Web | Kellee Terrell