A ten-year-old New Yorker who was teased at school is likely making her bullies incredibly jealous these day. How many of them can say they’ve shown a collection of clothing at New York Fashion Week? None.
Egypt Ufele, who goes by Ify, didn’t let those fifth-grade bullies at her Queens school keep her down, and instead took the very thing they made fun of her for and used it to make a name for herself in the fashion world. ( shame on them)
‘I turned negative attention into positive attention,’ she told the Today show, shortly after showing her debut collection at Fashion Week this weekend.
Ify said that some of the other kids would give her a hard time for her weight, explaining: ‘I was bullied and they called me all kinds of names. One time I got stabbed with a pencil.’
Instead of wallowing and changing herself because of their taunts, with encouragement from her mom and grandma, she started focusing her energy on fashion.