|During a class assignment when students were asked to draw a picture of themselves, Kheris Rogers will never forget the moment when her teacher handed her a black crayon rather than a brown one, making a statement about her dark complexion that deeply embarrassed her at the time.
Turning to her grandmother for advice, she was told not to let others bully her into shame, and to instead "Flex in your complexion."
Today, Rogers has launched her own clothing line to encourage other girls to be empowered and to flex their own complexion. Through the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion, she's started an online movement of women sharing stories of similar bullying while growing up and a network of women celebrating and supporting one another for their individual beauty.
With over 10,000 #FlexinInHerComplexion t-shirts sold, Rogers with the assistance of her sister, has made over $100,000, joined by the help of some big name celebrity supporters.
Rogers is helping young women of color across the country feel proud and confident through her simple act of encouraging and sharing stories that push the reset button on what it means to be beautiful in America and elsewhere.
"I'm telling other young kids that they can do anything they want to do." We couldn't have said it better ourselves, Kheris. Much love and wishes for a phenomenal future, from us to you.|