Kaylla and her mother came to New York City from St. Lucia when she was young. “My mom wanted to bring me here so I could experience a life she didn’t have.” Kaylla developed a curiosity and a love for learning, often fueled by her desire to take advantage of the resources her mother afforded her by moving them to the States.
As a little girl, Kaylla’s passion for fashion design grew sitting beside her mother as she sewed. When she got older, Kaylla and her mom would style each other’s outfits and eventually her mom taught her to sew. With a natural bent towards business, Kayla started sewing hair bows and opened an Etsy shop to raise money for college. She says her mom has always been supportive of her creative endeavors. “I knew if I wanted to pursue a career in fashion she would be behind me.”
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At first glance you will undoubtedly be drawn to Alondra’s pure smile, positive energy and wild hair. But what makes her truly unique is her unhindered pursuit of her passions and dreams.
Most teenagers growing up in the Bronx may feel bound by their circumstances and the limited opportunities the neighborhood affords them, but Alondra sees life without limits. “When you start thinking like that it’s really hard to get out of that mindset. Maybe I can’t do this because of where I am. Maybe you have to work a little bit harder, because it might not come as easy, but you can do it.”
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