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! FlexinInMyComplexion.com.” – 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!