Dating Abuse Advocate
I am a strong advocate for relationship abuse, especially within teen dating. Throughout my life, I have dealt with teen dating abuse as far back to when I was 13. It was then that I began spreading awareness to teen girls on the signs of dating abuse. The sunflower dress I created is a piece based off my first abusive relationship when I was 13. I collaborated with She Has A Name, an anti-human trafficking organization, and they helped me to come out about my story and create it into something beautiful. The sunflower dress is touring with the Survivor Care Journey of She Has A Name. The Survivor Care Journey tours around different churches throughout the Columbus, Ohio area to raise awareness about domestic abuse.
Night of Jubilee Event for She Has A Name Spring 2017
In December 2017 I completed my first collection. This was a personal collection I made based on a mentally abusive/controlling relationship I had been in. The name of the collection is called Yours Truly because in a lot of controlling relationships, women don't have a say. A lot of girls are told what to do, what to wear, and who to talk to. The Yours Truly collection is about blossoming from toxic relationships, and about the rights that I feel as if women don't have in relationships. I used models of all different hair colors and even one with tattoos to show that a woman can wear and be whoever she wishes to be. Yours Truly is stating that nobody owns you in a relationship.
Yours Truly Collection Spring 2018
The 614 Now news did an article on my collection in January 2018. The article discusses why I designed this collection, and why I would like Yours Truly to inspire other women to speak up. The link is http://614now.com/2018/leisure/toxic-relationship-inspires-ccad-students-clothing-line
New York City Teen Fashion Week
On February 10th, 2018 I flew out to New York City to showcase the Yours Truly Collection in New York City Teen Fashion Week. This was my first fashion show and it was the most memorable experience I've had as a designer. New York City Teen Fashion Week is specifically for teen designers and teen models nationwide. I was so fortunate enough to showcase a collection to young girls- an age group I hope to inspire.
Look 1 of Yours Truly from New York City Teen Fashion Week
Look 2 from New York City Teen Fashion Week
Look 3 from New York City Teen Fashion Week