10-Year-Old Starts Clothing Line After Being Bullied For Her Skin Color

10-Year-Old Starts Clothing Line After Being Bullied For Her Skin Color

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When Kheris Rogers went to elementary school, she found herself incessantly taunted by white students for her dark skin tone. Noting the effect it had on her self-esteem, Kheris' mom decided to transfer her to a different school, only to find her new fellow black students taunted her just as much. Kheris isn't letting the haters get her down, however: she's started a new clothing line called "Flexin' In My Complexion" that's meant to celebrate how she looks and help end colorism.

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Kheris, who lives in Los Angeles, told Mic what it was like being bullied for her skin color:

I’ve been bullied a lot, like in the first grade, I went to school with just four other black kids, and kids used to bully me because they weren’t used to my skin tone. There was an incident with a teacher and we had to draw ourselves and she gave us a black crayon instead of a brown crayon, and I was really upset.

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Taylor Pollard, Kheris' older sister, would hear her tell innumerable stories about the colorism she was coming in contact with. In March, she sent out this tweet in support of her little sis:

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The tweet went viral, with over 83,000 likes! It did wonders for Kheris' self-esteem, and inspired her to do something pretty amazing.

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