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’s 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

DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT-KENYATTA C. JONES

        Kenyatta C Jones is the CEO and Head Designer of Bella Rene.  Named after her mother Karen Rene, Bella Rene was established in September 2006 by Kenyatta and her mother.

       As a young girl, Kenyatta remembers sneaking a copy of Vogue magazine in the basket at the supermarket. Even though those girls looked nothing like her, this is where her love of fashion started. Kenyatta started her company because as a plus size woman, she was not happy with the options in the plus size department. She saw a need and felt her love of fashion could help fill a void in the fashion industry.  Bella Rene is the first plus size high fashion and couture brand in the world.

     Kenyatta affirms, “I want plus size women to be confident. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman that is comfortable in her own skin no matter what size she is”. Follow her on Instagram: @bellareneatelier

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT-STELLA JEAN

mailto:IG@stellajean Stella Jean is the first black Italian designer. She was born and raised in Rome to a Haitian mother and Italian father. While studying Political Science at Sapiensa University in Rome, she dropped out to model for Egon von Furstenburg (ex-husband to Diane von Furstenburg). This is when she realized that she would rather make clothes than wear them.

 

    Her designs reflect her Creole heritage and she often works with Haitian and African artisans incorporating their work into her fashion. Through her use of native crafts people, she seeks to support struggling countries and communities and preserve their ancestral arts and traditions.

 

    In 2019, she was highlighted by the New York Times as the most convincing of all the New Gen designers in Milan! She has also collaborated on shoes with Christian Louboutin for her AW14 collection, which featured her first menswear collection. Her brand is based in Rome but is also stocked in specialty boutiques worldwide such as The Corner, Mode Operandi, and Farfetch to name a few.    

Celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyonce wear her designs.

IG@ stellajean_sj_