This 10-Year-Old Gets Sweet Revenge on Body-Shaming Bullies With a Plus-Size Clothing Line

This 10-Year-Old Gets Sweet Revenge on Body-Shaming Bullies With a Plus-Size Clothing Line
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Most stories involving bullied fifth graders don't often end with a presentation at New York Fashion Week. Then again, most girls aren't Egypt "Ify" Ufele, the 10-year-old who turned personal trauma into something far more beautiful.

The ambitious Ufele, whose story made it to NBC's Today, was relentlessly teased at school for her size — in one instance being stabbed by a fellow student with a pencil. So she decided to indirectly fight back in the best way possible, not only pursuing her dream of designing clothes, but by celebrating plus-size girls through her collection.

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"She started [making] dolls clothes with a regular sewing needle by hand, and she started designing clothes and sketching," her grandmother, Nellie Rembert, told Today, reflecting on Ufele's journey.

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After finessing her skills, she began the ambitious undertaking of creating her own line, which she named Chubiiline, with the dual mission of creating beautiful plus-size clothing and "bringing Africa to America."

"I turned negative attention into positive attention," Ufele said.

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According to Today, she's the only child designer dressing curvy models during New York Fashion Week. In fact, she's one of the only designers showcasing plus-size models over the course of the week's 140+ shows.

Ufele is also the youngest in a series of young women who have used their own art as an empowering way to combat haters. As Beyoncé notes in "Formation," "Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper." 

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With a natural poise and a sharp eye for inclusivity, this 10-year-old is proving Bey's gospel in spades.

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Evan Ross Katz

Evan Ross Katz is Mic's style editor. He previously served as managing editor for Logo's NewNowNext. Bylines: The Advocate, Refinery29, Men's Health, Thrillist, Out, Men's Fitness, Instinct, F*cking Young, Schön, Essential Homme, The Manual, and WetPaint.

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