When 22-year-old Taylor Polland posted pictures of her sister Kheris Rogers on Twitter in March, simply to brighten her day.
The caption on the post read, “My sister is only 10, but already royalty.” Pollard finished the post with the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion.
The tweet went viral, receiving over 83,000 likes. And as it turns out, the post led to the creation of a clothing line from Rogers, called “Flexin’ In My Complexion.”
The clothing line’s mission in to spark confidence in anyone who has experienced racism at any point in their life.
“I’ve been bullied a lot, like in the first grade, I went to school with just four other black kids,” Rogers said in an interview. “And kids used to bully me because they weren’t used to my skin tone. There was an incident with a teacher and we had to draw ourselves and she gave us a black crayon instead of a brown crayon, and I was really upset.”
Rogers says that after receiving so much support and positive feedback online, she’s now much more confident about her skin tone.
Pollard said in an interview, “Kheris really thought she was the only one going through this, but Kheris now realizes that this is a global issue. That’s what pushed Kheris, because she thought ‘If I’m feeling this way, then we want to help others who are feeling bad about themselves too.'”
The sisters decide to create a clothing line that was focused on boosting people’s confidence and self-worth.
Three weeks ago, the sisters designed the first “Flexin’ In My Complexion” T-shirts.
“I feel confident in it myself because, even if I still get picked on because I’m darker, when I put on the T-shirt, it makes me feel bold,” Rogers said.
“I just hope that especially for younger kids, people start to feel more confident in their skin,” Pollard said. “It doesn’t matter how dark or light you are, just knowing that it’s beautiful and that your complexion doesn’t determine your beauty.”
The girls plan to release more fitted T-shirts and crop tops. Pollard says, “It’s about to be summertime, so we’ll be coming with you.”