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Thirteen year-old designer shows at Little Rock Fashion Week 2011
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Thirteen year-old designer shows at Little Rock Fashion Week 2011

Thirteen year-old fashion designer, Aaliyah Fisher with Grafetti 03 (http://www.grafetti03.com/), showed her collection last week during Little Rock Fashion Week 2011.  Fisher was accepted as the youngest designer ever to show at the Young & Fabulous Fashion Show, July 15, 2011.  Her designs are inspired by her love of colors, vintage and floral pieces.  Her wears are geared towards the junior's crowd as is reflected in her funky and fresh aesthetic.

Fisher already knows how to sew and has been sketching designs since she was in the second grade.  When it comes to her new experiences in the fashion industry she says, "With every show that I've done, I've learned new things.  I still have more to learn.  My mom helps me in dealing with a lot of things that I don't understand...I just do the fashion end of it."

Fisher, being only thirteen years old, is still in school, so she focuses on her fashion design career on the weekends and during summer break.  Her mother, Shaneka Jones, is a huge support system for her in gaining the momentum she desires to attain her goals at a higher level.

Jones states, "I am very proud and I believe in supporting my children."

Grafetti 03, was launched at the Midsouth Summit Black Expo and Fisher has gone on to participate in the HoodNic Fashion show in Dumas, AR where she received the first  Starving Artist Spotlight Award presented by Arkansas designer Nicole McGehee, creator of the Nicole McGehee Collection. Her future agenda includes the Women of Excellence Ceremony founded by Rhonda Aaron of Sister Friends United and the Izsomie Fashion Show founded by Theresa Baker.

Even at the ripe age of thirteen, Fisher has some advice for any aspiring designers out there, which could be translated into any field of interest, "Never give up if you know this is what you want to do." 

Congratulations to Aaliyah Fisher for turning her dreams into a reality and reminding all of us to never give up on our dreams, too.

 

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