DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT: KYEMAH MCENTYRE

Kyemah McEntyre is a young women who became widely known for her prom dress design that ” broke the internet”. The African print prom dress created a fashion moment. She said she initially wanted to wear her African inspired dress to the prom to send a message to other teens that it’s ok to be yourself and that natural beauty is to be loved and admired. That prom night, she got lots of attention and was crowned prom queen.

The East Orange, New Jersey native was in high school at the time! The following fall, she enrolled in the fashion school, Parsons School of Design. Shortly after, she caught the attention of actress/singer Naturi Naughton who called on Kyemah to design a dress for the 2015 BET Awards, where she wore the beautiful form fitting dress. She also designed a dress for the legendary model and TV host, Tyra Banks. Tyra wore the design on an episode of ABC’s FABlife.

The Mind of Kye brand is where art and fashion meet. Kyemah has a profound love for Black women, art, history and how the subjects interact with society. In a short time, Kyemah has proven to be one of the most innovative and talented artists and designers of the millennium.

You can follow her at: IG :@MindOfKye

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Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

ENTREPRENEURSHIP HIGHLIGHT: MOZIAH BRIDGES

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.

Moziah Bridges always had a vision of looking his best. At the age of four he began to wear a suite whenever he could. He started his company at the age of nine. He couldn’t find an accessory to fit his personality or style so he created his own. He pitched his ideas to Shark Tank with the help of his mother Tramica. Although he did not end up with a deal from any of the Sharks, he ended up with the mentorship of Daymond John.  He landed on Time Magazine‚Äôs Most Influential Teen List in 2015 and was invited to the White House by former President Barack Obama. To date he has landed a partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), has an internationally recognized brand, and plans to study fashion and design in college. 

You can shop Moziah’s collection at: https://mosbowsmemphis.com/

Photo Credit: Black Main Street

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Mailchimp

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.

Meet Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO of Mailchimp. Headquartered in Atlanta since 2001, Mailchimp has become a leading marketing platform for small business and nonprofit organizations. To date, the company has a over 1000 employees and millions of users worldwide. Chestnut is no stranger to entrepreneurship; his mom ran a hair salon from her family’s kitchen in Georgia. Ben pursued his education at Georgia Tech in industrial design and worked hard to help Mailchimp earn the title of one of the world’s most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. He personally earned the distinct honor of being named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. 

Chestnut is more than a tech mogul, he and his wife started the Chestnut Family Foundation focusing on improving the lives of children through the arts. To find out more about their cause click here: https://chestnutfamily.foundation/

Photo Credit: The Chestnut Family Foundation