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10-Year-Old Girl Bullied About Her Dark Skin Launches a T-Shirt Line

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Colorism has been a part of the African-American culture since the beginning of time. Dark skin is often frowned upon while lighter skin is glamorized. Thankfully we are entering a new day and age where beautiful dark and brown skin is being appreciated more.

10-year-old Kheris Rodgers experienced colorism when she was bullied at school for her dark skin tone. Many times Rodgers was teased by her classmates and teachers.

She told BuzzFeed News that during a class exercise years ago in grade school her teacher asked students to draw themselves, then handed her a black crayon.

Rodgers response was, “I’m not that dark….I’m brown”. Rodgers mom thankfully took her out of that school but the bullying persisted no matter what school she attended.

In efforts to lift up her little sister’s spirits, Rodgers older sister Taylor took matters into her own hands in late march by styling and dressing Rodgers for a Wiz-inspired fashion show. She shared photos on Twitter, writing: “My sister is only 10, but already royalty,” with hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion.

The tweet went viral with over 30,000 RT’s!

Taylor showed her little sister all of the comments with strangers calling her “beautiful” and saying that her skin was “gorgeous”, Rodgers couldn’t believe it!

Now Rodgers is coming for anyone who ever bullied her with success!

The 10-year-old girl who got bullied for her dark skin has now created a fashion line that instills confidence in other young girls facing the same issue of colorism. “I am now a 10-year-old business owner please support!” – Kheris Rodgers.

Are you flexing in your complexion? Head over to her website and purchase a shirt!

Your brown is beautiful Kheris Rodgers, keep shining!


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  • Mary dante
    May 3, 2017

    I have one thing to say, toddlers and tiaras, until we quit associating pasted painted on fake masks we will continue to see children trying to look like all those faces in all those magazines, it is not uncommon for me to see girls I worry about getting raped for the way they act and look, but I have to accept the fact that that’s on me and the old school perceptions I was raised with, she is beautiful, she has a natural beauty, if she feels the need to paint it on then we all need to reevaluate how it got this bad for kids so young…

    • Bilou
      May 3, 2017

      Shut up plz ! thx

    • Penny Ireland
      May 3, 2017

      Amen! Exactly! You nailed it! Real beauty cannot be bought in a paint set and painted on faces. True beauty shines from deep within our hearts and souls. We are not the canvas. We are the art!

    • H.I.
      May 3, 2017

      People aren’t raped because of the way they “act and look”. Regardless of the gender of the victim and the rapist, the rapist is not under any mind control that forces them to attack someone based on that or anything; they made a conscious decision to do that regardless of how people try to justify a rapist’s actions. I’m not saying you were implying this, but I felt a need to say something.

      And yes, I was raped my entire childhood, starting at age seven. So I know how it feels to have everyone around you blaming everything else except the person/people who decided to hurt you.

    • Janeyre
      May 3, 2017

      Getting raped, has nothing to do with how you look/act..

    • Ayo
      May 4, 2017

      Mary Dante I agree with you. It is important for young Dark skinned women to feel empowered in their own skin. I believe that this young woman is on the right road, however I am concerned about the false eyelashes being worn by a 10 year old. She already radiates beauty with her unblemished skin and face.

      • nene
        May 8, 2017

        The young lady does not have on false eyelashes. They are her real eyelashes. Please don’t assume they are false.

    • Sandra shephrrd
      May 4, 2017

      This really perplex me on how any one could make someone feel bad about the color of their skin! This young lady is so beautiful no matter what the color shade of her skin. God create her and she is a unique and an inocent soul. When will we learn to lift people up instead of knocking them down and being more sensitive to how we treat each other. Skin color is not the problem . It is the people who are ignorant. As an African American,we have so many other concerns and trying to divide by different shade of our skin color is an unnecessary burden. Why would you want to make a person feel bad about what God created. We a beautiful and unique in all shape sizes and color!!

    • Sheila H.
      May 8, 2017

      Kheris: You are an EXQUISITE young woman! Your skin is flawlessly beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. You are absolutely perfect just as you are. And…I adore your name. I have never heard it before. Just beautiful. Thank you for your bravery and strength. You are incredibly special…

    • Victoria Myrick
      May 8, 2017

      I’m very disturbed that you would post this kind of nonsense because she’s wearing false eyelashes. So not try and belittle this beautiful, radiant and strong girl. It takes so much to be confident in your own skin. And as our mommas have told us “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”

    • Manny
      October 1, 2017

      Just read this article. OMG, this child is beautiful. Her bone structure is awesome. As it relates to colorism among African-Americans, it is time for everyone to recall the Plessy v. Ferguson case. Light-skin Blacks rode in the “colored” rail cars and the back of the bus. Rosa Parks was not a dark skin woman. Unless you’re in Hollywood, the “ordinary” African-American has no skin color advantage. By the way, lighter skin does not make one more intelligent. Black lives should matter to Blacks at ALL times!

  • Yolande Cole
    May 3, 2017

    Melanin is what gives us our beautiful color and those who don’t have melanin in abundance will literally kill for it. Ask, why do they go to the beach or suntan spas to “try”to achieve the beautiful dark skin tones that are natural and given to us by Almighty God. I’m so happy to know how much your sister loves you and all the other millions of us who share your joy and success in our blackness. Thank you God!

    • JT Block
      May 3, 2017

      We are made in HIS image….Celebrate your beauty…your Brown, Black skin!!! It is a Blessing!!!!

      • DDargan
        May 5, 2017

        I love my black skin and I use to work with someone and they would tell me that they are getting close to my skin color and my response to him was that I was born with this beautiful brown skin and that I don’t have to go to the beach and put all types of sun tanning lotion on me to make me look this way and some of our black people need to know this that we are born with this beautiful skin color and that we should be very happy and never change your skin color to fit in with corporate America

  • Felecia
    May 3, 2017

    She is adorably beautiful !

  • Deborah
    May 3, 2017

    God Bless this beautiful chocolate baby. I am chocolate and I love me and you should love you. God made you in the colour he wanted you to be, not the Bullies.

  • Thabiso
    May 3, 2017

    A beautiful sister.glad you had a supportive well.weldone carbon queens.aweh

  • April
    May 3, 2017

    The Darker the berry ..The sweeter the juice sweetheart!!! Let them hate!!! We got day juice!!!#ABSOLUTELYBEAUTIFUL

    • MinkStole
      June 5, 2017

      We got day juice doesn’t make sense; learn proper grammar so you can be taken seriously.

      God Bless my sista.

  • Key
    May 3, 2017

    People look up to you beautiful young woman. The purpose of our bodies is to learn the complexities that exist within and outside them. Our history is in our bodies, our genetic code leaving behind the source of our divinity. We will all die, but never let the divisions of human construction undermine your purpose to live. People of color are barred from opportunity but it has given us a purpose and community, of allies and POC’s alike. Many white people, especially white cis males, do not question this system that ensures their privilege, assuming that it works for them–surprise surprise, their privileges stance just ensures that the elites stay on top, and that colonization and oppression continues. Define your story, open your consciousness, learn about this basic question—why are we here?

    The answers will vary depending on who you are, but all of them lead to this one reality–we are a human family, and we must never forget.

  • Pauline James
    May 3, 2017

    You are naturally beautiful keep being you God loves you you are God’s princess. MAY God Bless you always love you with the love of God…

  • Dee
    May 3, 2017

    She’s so pretty.

  • Ms . Marilyn Davis
    May 4, 2017

    No child should have to ever be treated that way . god loves all of us and come truthfully to think about it we’re all the same if your remove the skin we’re all shells god just put different colors on us .what happens is the raising of us and the society we’re brought up in its cruel but to me your a very very beautiful 10 year old one of the prettiest I’ve seen in my years . I’m up there a ways lol tc hub god bless you n hold that beautiful head high don’t let no one get you and that beautiful smile down god loves u so do I amen

    • Mariam Mishidze
      May 4, 2017


  • Dupe
    May 4, 2017

    Sweetheart remember that song you learnt at the Sunday school when you were small: Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world be you white or black He loves you so don’t allow the bullies to get at you any longer .Remember black is beautiful.You are blessed dearie Have a great future

  • Cynthia O'Neal
    May 4, 2017

    We all are beautiful in our own rights, ignorance and jealousy causes bullying and hatred of what God created to be yes good. I am one who was criticised and mistreated because of my dark complexion growing up but thank God I learned to love who God wanted me to be,there is still color ignorance in this society today. Like she said I’m dark brown and beautiful, none of us is black like true color of black, so people stop the brainwash and grow up and love each other for who we of color represent. Peace!

  • Cynthia O'Neal
    May 4, 2017

    Beautiful girl go forward and prosper, see your gift at 10 years old, it takes a lifetime for some to develop business and run it, the critics maybe they see better now. Change their behavior and thinking, I pray so for their own good. Peace

  • Stephen
    May 4, 2017

    Just gonna say Willie Lynch is th cause for most psychological stereotype black behavior and the agenda behind. So now with humanity especially “black folks” we look at each other separate from skin tone alone which is a part of the plan. I’m not here stating well all of us where dark to begin with and interracial relationships have anything to do with it, because that is irrelevant. Separating the mind from the body which insight be wisdom and spirituality take away now your left with justified belief systems and templates to enforce falsehood ideas in movies, television, music and history. If you’re completely oblivious to what I speaking about read the Willie Lynch Letter and study what it says in context and how it relates to black folks. Also for the state of being I don’t care about any backlash they could come from my post. With saying all that I add it is foolish that our people have resorted the things they do that doesn’t bring peace love and abundance then again it’s all meant to be.

  • Denise
    May 4, 2017

    She doesn’t have to tan to project an illusio for her skin has a God given glow. Her hair has curl she doesn’t have to use perms or devices to achieve what God has already established, her face is contoured , she doesn’t have to inject her lips, botox her eyebrows, and her heart is filled with natural warmth, unhardened by the wicked spirits of this world. Yes she is beautiful more beautiful than a ten year old child could possibly see or understand. She has a God image inside and out and a vision, heart and mind that turned her test into a testimony. Walk in your beauty and let others see God’s artistry.

  • Mariam Mishidze
    May 4, 2017

    Your skin is beautiful Rodjers! And don’t listen to those bad comments ☺

  • Messinger Tiger
    May 4, 2017

    Darling young lady. My family is like the UN: dark Hispanic to platinum-haired Cajun. There is no single model of beauty.

  • D Hoban
    May 5, 2017

    I think you are more than beautiful. You could be a model!!!! You have beautiful features ( eyes, nose, lips ) and very pretty skin. Those haters are jealous. Keep your head high and work on your studies, you have the pretty all wrapped up.
    Much love for your future,
    A 66yr old white woman.

    • Leila Jaden
      May 6, 2017

      I am 67 yrs. old and I agree with you.

      Pennie, I have a blog also. Mine is

  • Neff
    May 5, 2017

    I really don’t understand this skin ting, I am a black and I love the skin I’am in, so who don’t like it, that’s there problem, Skin is the only colour…end of….Neff…

    • Raquel
      May 23, 2017

      The skin thing was started by the oppressor to keep us fighting and apart. Stop letting them win. As a light skin woman who has a beautiful dark skin baby girl. Skin colour does not make us less than. We are beautiful!!

  • Adetiba siji
    May 6, 2017

    sometimes i just wonder why! i mean, a human like me will just see me and automatically dislike and ready to go any length to pull me down just because of the colour of skin am wearing. That’s dangerously insane. well, i guess we just have to turn such situation into strength and never look down on oneself.

  • Sarah
    May 6, 2017

    With or with out lashes she is beautiful.

  • Josh
    May 6, 2017

    The young lady inspires me. Taking that with which some would try to use to take you down as the vehicle to to empower elevate. I’m buying 2 shirts.

  • Judy marshall
    May 8, 2017

    You are a very beautiful young lady. a blessing from god ! From judy marshall.

  • maymayhicks
    May 8, 2017

    Baby Girl you are Beautiful don’t let nobody tell you any deferent #darkskinisthenewtrendknowthat#

  • Debbie
    May 12, 2017

    This girl is beyond gorgeous! Jealous Haters gonna Hate!

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