I wish I grew up with kids that looked like the kids I had the pleasure of having as models for the KidFash Magazine Anti-bullying Runway last month. I pride myself as a designer and multicultural advocate, to showcase diversity and inclusion on the runway. i
It is so important to see reflections of themselves. It helps bring about positive self-esteem and allows kids to imagine themselves in a positive light.
When my family and I came to Los Angeles from Hawaii, I didn't feel like I fit in. I was dark, curly hair, had Smith has a last name in a school of Latino surnames. All I kept thinking growing up was where were the kids that looked like me?
When I got older and became a children's clothing designer, I had to start casting models for our first photo shoot. I knew then that the kids I chose were going to be reflections of the world we live in: kids of different skin tones, hair textures, body type of different abilities.