Kheris Rogers, age 11, has amassed over 77.8k Instagram followers supporting her beautiful cause of embracing melanin of all shades. Prior to her loyal fanbase, the young CEO was taunted about her dark skin at school which adversely impacted her self esteem. It wasn’t until her older sister took to social media to post her picture that Kheris began to embrace her uniqueness. Since the viral posts, Kheris has launched her own clothing line and campaign called #Flexin’ in My Complexion, which has garnered support from celebrities like Lupita Nyong’o and Alicia Keys. With the goal of spreading black girl magic, the young influencer is flourishing with her fashion line and is saving the profits to put towards her college education. Teen Vogue chatted with the creative wonder to talk self-acceptance, fashion, and her latest Nike campaign.
Teen Vogue: When did you first realize you weren’t happy with what you saw in the mirror?
KR: When I was younger, I felt unwanted. I didn’t have many friends and I was made to feel like I wasn’t smart enough or pretty enough by both the teachers and students. It confused me when my teacher gave me a black crayon instead of a brown crayon to color my self portrait in class, and it would hurt my feelings when the other kids didn’t want to play with me on the playground.