“I grew up living a good life,” she begins. “I was raised by my mom and spent weekends with my dad because they were separated. My mom has always been my biggest inspiration,” she recounts. “She taught me that beauty comes from the inside out; but I also know that the outside does matter.” She pauses. “My outside beauty wasn’t always so pretty, though. I went to school in DeKalb County, (Chapel Hill Elementary and Junior High) [and] was bullied all through elementary and junior high for being super skinny with big teeth, and, believe it or not, other black girls would tease me and pull my hair because it was long.” Like most kids, she never told anyone. Instead, she let her tears drench her homework and continued to revel in the love and solace she received from her family.
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Words: Satchel B. Jester
Photos: Derek Blanks