After Overcoming Bullying, This 10-Year-Old Created Her Own Plus-Size Clothing Line

"From negative attention into positive attention.”

Egypt Ufele is a fifth-grade student from Queens, New York who still recalls being picked on by her classmates because of her weight. 

"I was bullied and they called me all kinds of names," she toldTODAY. "One time I got stabbed with a pencil."

Ufele, who also goes by the name 'Ify', is one of the 22 percent of students nationwide who are bullied every school year. Many victims turn to a creative outlet to get their mind off bullying, and that's exactly what Ify did.

When she was 5 years old, her grandmother taught her how to sew. With a hand needle, Ify created fashion for dolls.


Ify then turned to making fashion for people. With her grandma's sewing machine, she created clothes that she told The Huffington Post had an "African print design with an urban twist." The clothing line, which features items for plus-size women, is called Chubiiline.

"I consider myself nothing less than a chronicler of the human condition, for better or worse," it says on the Chubiline website.

Chubiline gained incredible popularity online due to Ify's endless hard work. And recently models even wore her clothes at the 2016 New York Fashion Week (NYFW).  This former bullying victim, who is on her way to becoming a fashion mogul, is an inspiration for other children.

"I turned from negative attention into positive attention," she told TODAY.

And what's next for this up-and-coming fashion designer?

"I would love to design for the first lady Michelle Obama and her beautiful daughters Sasha and Malia," she told HuffPost.


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