By Natalie Issa
New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is known for wasp-thin models gliding across the runway, donning fashions that were perhaps designed to only look good on a certain body type. And while there’s nothing essentially wrong with thin models, a little diversity on NYFW’s runways couldn’t hurt, either.
Cue Egypt “Ify” Ufele, the genius 10-year-old designer behind Chubiiline. Ify started her clothing line after she was bullied at school because of her weight.
“I was bullied, and they called me all kinds of names,” Ify told NBC’s “Today”. “One time I got stabbed with a pencil.”
Ify could have been debilitated from her experiences and let her bullies get to her, but instead, Ify chose to create. She started by making clothes for dolls, and quickly graduated to creating clothes for all shapes and sizes on her grandmother’s sewing machine.
“I turned negative attention into positive attention,” Ify told “Today”.
And now? Well, Ify’s killing it. She’s officially launched her own clothing line, called Chubiiline, making her the only child designer to launch a plus-sized fashion line at NYFW.
Ify described her clothing line as “African print design with an urban twist” to Huffington Post.
Chubiiline’s big debut at NYFW this past February was a huge hit, with models of all shapes and sizes parading down the runway while wearing Ify’s killer designs.
On seeing her vision come to life, Ify told Huffington Post, “I can actually see my hard work is not in vain.”
Ify also began BullyChasers, a movement with a goal to spread awareness about bullying and gun violence in schools. According to DoSomething.org, 160,000 teenagers skip school every day to avoid bullying.
Needless to say, it’s clear that this little lady has a big future in store. And we can’t wait to see what she does next.
(Image via the Huffington Post)