If Sex and The City taught us nothing, it’s that New Yorkers love their fashion.
Meet Egypt ‘Ify’ Ufele who, at just 10 years of age, is the city’s newest fashion sensation.
Ify was mercilessly teased about her weight in primary school, once she was even stabbed with a pencil.
Rather than letting the bullies drag her down, to empower herself, and other children like her, she started designing plus-sized clothes.
At first it she was just drawing and hand-stitching outfits for her dolls, then she graduated to her Grandmother’s sewing machine.
Ify then started to share photos of her work — for children and grown-ups — on her Instagram account (the handle is @bullychasers, by the way).
Over weekend, she launched her label ChubiiLine on the runway at small show for Full Blossom Magazine at New York Fashion Week.
“I turned negative attention into positive attention,” she told US show Today, after making her her debut.
She is not the first child to have a show at New York Fashion Week, but Ify is the only one to have dressed plus-size women.
Plus-sized model Ashley Graham talks about learning to lover her body as a plus-sized model in her 2015 Tedx Talk.
Her work — which features bold African-inspired designs — has is being celebrated by anti-bullying groups and fashion lovers alike.
“Being a designer and being at fashion shows are really exciting because you get a lot of attention, and a lot of people ask you what inspires you,” she said.