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11-Year Old Youngest Fashion Designer At New York Fashion Week

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Kheris Rogers, an 11-year-old entrepreneur from Los Angeles, has made history at New York Fashion Week as the youngest fashion designer ever to present. Kheris became an internet sensation earlier this year after her sister posted photos of her promoting her unapologetic Flexin’ in My Complexion apparel line.

She created the line after being bullied for her dark skin, and becoming inspired to boost the self-esteem of other dark skin girls.

This year’s New York Fashion Week took place on September 7-13, 2017, and featured many different shows and the collections of many different famous designers. Kheris too presented her designs at the Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem on Sunday, September 10th.

Afterwards, she tweeted: “I just made history as #NYFW youngest fashion designer EVER! I am only 11 years old and made it while encouraging people to love their skin.”

How she got started

Kheris got her start in fashion after she was bullied by her classmates for being “too dark”. She says she went home crying, and eventually transferred to another school. But her older sister was determined to boost her pride and confidence, and started taking model style photos of Kheris. When she posted them on social media, the photos instantly went viral with more than 100,000 likes and shares.

This encouraged Kheris to not only be proud of her skin tone, but to also do something about it. So, she decided to start an apparel line called Flexin’ in My Complexion.

On being famous

In addition to New York Fashion Week, Kheris has also presented her designs during Harlem Fashion Week and at Tom Joyner’s Family Reunion.

She has received tons of press from the likes of Vibe Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and She has even been featured on all the mainstream blogs like,,,, and She even was interviewed on CBS News.

But she remains humble and says that she is inspired by the positive words and the success of other “chocolate” girls like actress Lupita Nyong’o.

She told one reporter: “Now, I know I’m pretty, and I’m not going to let anyone tell me different.”

For more details about her Flexin’ in My Complexion apparel line, visit or follow her on Instagram at

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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