Warren: your inspiration Kamaria so is creating Georgia native The 10-year-old can identify with! products all girls 54 was hen Kamaria Warren 7 years old, she started of the main to notice that none movies characters in the Barbie or any of the she was watching she saw on popular characters had the T-shirts and notebooks her, so she same skin color as about it. decided to do something she created With her mom’s help, which Brown Girls’ Stationery, she wasn’t features characters — brown girls, seeing represented vitiligo and albino girls, girls with later, her more. Now, three years than ever, and line is more popular Girls’ World all about it! she’s telling W GW: Hi, Kamaria! Can you tell us a little more about Brown Girls’ Stationery? KW: Brown Girls’ Stationery offers book bags, notebooks, notepads, umbrellas, lunch boxes and other fun items. The products have cute girl characters on them that highlight a variety of skin tones so girls of all colors can feel represented and beautiful. GW: That’s awesome! How do you make your products? KW: The first step in my design process is to examine my surroundings so I can come up with ideas of what I want to include. Next, I create a Pinterest board that has the colors I want to use and outfit options I like. Those ideas are sent off to an illustrator who then sends drawings back to me. After that, my mom and I create mock-ups of the characters on different products in Photoshop to see what we like best. GW: How are the designs added to each product? KW: We use a heat press machine to place the designs on T-shirts and we print out and bind the notebooks ourselves. But when it comes to the other products, like the book bags and lunch boxes, we work with a manufacturer to have them created for us. GW: Are any of the characters in your line based off of you? KW: Yeah! Our first product was a mini book bag with a character named Zoe on it. She has curly hair and is based off of me. The other characters are inspired by a mixture of my friends. GW: Can you explain why it’s important for girls of every skin color to see characters that look like them on clothing, toys, etc.? KW: I think it’s important because all girls deserve to have a product that they can see themselves on. I want kids to see my products and be able to relate to the characters. It upsets me to see that many major retail brands have missed the mark by failing to do that. I hope my line inspires other brands to expand theirs. GW: Besides offering important representation, are there other ways you try to make girls feel special who buy your products? KW: Another way we try to make people feel special is by including encouraging messages on lots of my products! For example, one of them says “Blessed” and another one says “Never Let Anyone Dull Your Shine.” GW: Does seeing other kids wearing your merch seem surreal?
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