Fresh Kid Nation had the opportunity to interview one of the owners of Little Red Fashion. It’s a kids fashion education company, one of the very first ed-tech and publishing start ups that focuses on providing children with digital educational materials in arts, literacy, and STEM fields based on fashion!
Who are the owners?
Jonathan Joseph, Ryan Kendall, James Connor, Nina Gortinski, Emily Swift, Peter Wight
Bicoastal between Fairfield County, Conneticut and Los Angeles
How is your company different from others?
Little Red Fashion is the first comprehensive kids fashion ed-tech & publishing company focused on kids 8-16. With a CSR & sustainability focus we are roll out titles digitally first, with holiday season print drops beginning in fall 2021! We are rolling out a 12 title initial slate of books for kids within that age range beginning with The Little Red Dress: A Kids Book About Fashion currently available for pre-order on our website http://www.LittleRedFashion.com. The Little Red Dress retails for $9.99 and proceeds will help us build out our apps and educational tools.
What inspired you to create Little Red Fashion?
A few things: for one, I was inspired by my mom’s focus on empowering me as a kid through fashion to love myself and my disability, ataxic cerebral palsy. Our shared search for unique socks to cover my AFO braces led to an obsession with color, fashion, styling, textiles and more that ignited my passion for fashion. On another level I was inspired by my experiences doing luxury womenswear consulting where I become frustrated by otherwise talented individuals whose toxic views regarding body diversity & positivity drove my idea for our tag line: Fashion is for Everyone. I am committed to ensuring the next generation of fashion leaders & creatives sees an industry that sees them back.
I dream of doing my part to create a world that shows kids who love fashion that that there is a place for them no matter who they are, where they come from and what their families look like. I often say on clubhouse and to colleagues that at the end of the day I’m making the kinds of books and resources that I wish had been around when I was young and eager for more expansion in the world of fashion. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my vision with FreshKidNation.
Tell our readers more about your Kids fashion book!
Coming this spring, this kids book describes the little red dress as it tells its life story through rich hand-painted fashion illustrations that spark imagination and teach about the inner workings of the industry through a fun rhyming story perfect for kids 8+.
The mission of this book is to translate a classic story into as many languages as possible so that any kid, anywhere can be inspired to question where clothes come from, how they relate to them and imagine themselves as part of the fashion world.
BrandsWhoCare is a curated collection of fashion products and partnerships that understand the importance of kids’ mental health and giving back. When you purchase any of the items linked below, a percentage of your purchase price will be donated to YourMomCares. Accessory company Light+Nine has done a collaboration with the nonprofit YourMomCares, those are the pins on the bags, pin and some bags are sold at State of Kind.
Photographer Emily Kornya gives us details about her latest project and describes why she started an online shop!
I’m Emily Kornya and I am a Canadian born fashion freelance photographer residing in Europe and working with designers in children’s fashion, toys and accessories in Europe, Toronto and New York. I am known for the natural and playful style of my shoots. Working with children is an absolute joy and advocating for children’s mental health is a passion of mine. State of Kind was inspired by my passions, my life story and my intrinsic sense of purpose.
When brainstorming names for my online store, the question arose, what will be the values upheld by this store? At the core, I want to promote and develop a community (“state”) with a “state of mind”of positivity and “kind”ness. To honour my place of residence, the fashion sector in which I work and the age group in which I want to focus on promoting mental wellness, the German word “kind” was appropriate, as it means “child”. State of Kind is not your ordinary online shop, along with offering high quality children’s positive fashion clothing, it offers a platform & community to inspire kindness and raise awareness for children’s mental wellness.
All brands represented by State of Kind are brands of integrity who produce high quality clothing. Each item represents messages of kindness and mental wellbeing. Photography used on the site highlights children being their authentic selves, in moments of joy. With each item sold, a percentage of the sale will be donated to a mental health charity. I hope that children wearing these positive fashion items will ignite conversations around mental wellness in children and contribute to breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health.
YourMomCares helps all children by creating and funding innovative, cutting-edge programs and solutions which have a direct impact on children’s mental health. It’s composed of a group of celebrity and influencer moms banding together with moms across America. Come meet everyone involved!
January 20, 2021 was a unique inauguration celebration at Americas capital mainly due to the pandemic as well as riots that took place just a few days ago.
Joe Biden was elected and sworn in as President of the United States and Kamala Harris the new vice president.
Kamala Harris doesn’t have any children but she does have stepchildren, a niece, Meena Harris and great nieces, whom she adores! These two cuties stole the spotlight in leopard print jackets created by I Love Plum! A children’s apparel company based in NYC!
Their coats were inspired by jackets worn by Kamala as a young girl!
These coats are truly one of a kind designed and sewn by Sydney Hawes
We are super excited about this collaboration with Bezel Magazine which will be releases at a later date in January 2021. All 30 kids will be featured in Bezel Magazine, a Digital and Print Fashion Magazine. The Founder and Editor in Chief is Blake Martin. The Design Director is Carl “Art King” James.
The number one voted kid will be on the magazine cover and receive a Fresh Kid Nation Swag Bag Gift! T-shirt, Sunglasses and a copy of Black Panther the Young Prince valued at $40
The requirements, must have a high quality image that will be published. Ages 2-17 years old. Models should submit images that showcase their attire or accessories. Voting will be done by our readers! So share the link with family and friends!
The start of a new year often has many people ready to create and plan for resolutions. A New Year resolution is an old tradition, mainly to improve yourself. We wanted to connect with young people, instead of asking them about their resolutions we asked them what do they hope will happen next year.
My hopes for 2021 is for the world to be back on track to being healthy. Personally, I wants to continue to advance my acting career and also become a success! I have a new cosmetics business Yummi Pops Cosmetics.
My name is Jasmine, and I’m from Ghana. I have a show Talk With Jasmine on YouTube and Instagram. My hopes for next year is to get a bigger platform to motivate people. I also want to to help the poor in my community.
For 2021 I expect to have a great year now I am better prepared for something unexpected but my expectation still stands I look forward to seeing less covid cases and more outdoors activities the industry of entertainment should also be looking up!!
New York City
My hopes for 2021 is to explore new adventures. I’m also planning on traveling more to expand my modeling career. In addition, I’m currently in the process of selecting a High School for 2021/2022. I would like to focus on law and fashion. Again, it was a pleasure working with you at the fall photo shoot and would love the opportunity to work with you again.
I am a presenter and interviewer and could potentially be the youngest media corespondent in the UK. I am also an upcoming model and actor. I would love to be casted I’m in the UK. My hopes for 2021 is to be the best presenter and interviewer in the UK and to be the youngest media corespondent in the UK. I want to build my confidence as I am determined to help the less fortunate in 2021, to also manage my own magazine or blog. Hope you give me this opportunity.
For 2021 I’m going to hold onto hope. I’m holding on with both hands for what seem impossible is now possible. I’m looking forward to family gathering so I’m going to hold on to celebrations. I’m holding on for peace and love in this world, I’m going to hold on for tears of joy, tears of pride, laughter with friends and family even with myself. I’m holding on to hope, sports, in person learning . Because 2021 will be a year of possibilities smile more, love more, worry less, be happy, be brave, try a little kindness. Believe in yourself create your own kind of MAGIC. Happy New Year 🎆.
We are honored to be featured in the January 2021 issue of Bezel Magazine. Our team will select 20 finalists and a WEB POLL will be conducted by our followers for the number one spot! DUE DECEMBER 31st 202012pm EST
*All 10 kids will be featured in Bezel Magazine, a Digital and Print Fashion Magazine. The Founder and Editor in Chief is Blake Martin. The Design Director is Carl “Art King” James.
The number one voted kid will receive a Fresh Kid Nation Swag Bag Gift! T-shirt, Sunglasses and a copy of Black Panther the Young Prince valued at $40
Ages 2-17 based anywhere in the world! Must fill out application form to be entered by December 31st 2020 12pm EST
Top 20 Finalists will be voted via web poll from
January 1st 12:00am EST – January 3rd 12pm EST
Bezel Magazine starts at $15 USD-$35 USD available in Print and Digital Formats.
All entrants must allow media release and give photo credit if submitting professional images.
2020 has been challenging due to a worldwide pandemic, civil unrest and global warming that has caused wildfires around the world. There are young people who are doing great things to make their communities better! We wanted to highlight those who are doing acts of service and spreading kindness.This is part 2 of our Kids Who Care feature.
Obocho is 11 years old and the CEO of Obocho’s closet, which helps low income families save money on clothing. He has been featured on Good Morning America, The Wendy Williams Show and Black Enterprise for his charity work.
“I came up with the idea to sell the clothes and shoes I no longer wore when my mom told me that she couldn’t afford to buy me 8 toys from the movie “Avengers Infinity Wars.”
During the pandemic Obocho and his mother have expanded their efforts by feeding those in need with Obocho’s Community Food Pantry. He realized many families were struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic and thus his monthly food pantry came together. October 24th 2020 was the very first pantry event and over 120 boxes of food were distributed.
“As a young CEO, I want to continue to be an example that all things are possible and we should never give up. As I see the world through the eyes of a child, I hope that my journey inspires you to continue to have hope that we WILL get through this together. “
On December 19th 2020, The food pantry featured Vegan meals. “I bought healthy food options for 100 pantry bag and also supported a local vegan restaurant by purchasing 100 hot meals for the underserved community. It was a HUGE Success. Thank You so much.”
I started doing charity work because everyone in my family does it and I have always been apart of doing what I love and helping out others. My mom inspires me to want too Mae an impact. She has been so passionate with doing for others in our community and other locations all her life. She just do and never expect anything in return no matter where she is.
The organization Zion Gospel Institution Food Pantry, is ran by elderly people that prefers to send emails, print and pass out flyers, send text messages and spread by word of mouth. The site will be revised hopefully soon.
WHAT WOULD YOUR ADVICE BE TO OTHER KIDS WHO WANT TO START A 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION or A NON PROFIT
“If this is what you want to do, and willing to work for it. Then I say go for it. The world needs you.I plan to continue doing charity work and eventually stating my own organization that will be a great contribution to everyone in my community and beyond.”
Zelda Dedaa Manteaw
At just 10 years old, she is a old multi talented award winning professional female DJ and Philanthropist in the UK. DJ Zel has been inspiring and empowering the young the youth and the older generation through her DJing and charity work. DJ Zel has a passion for less privileged children in Africa and she want to put a smile on children faces. She has a plan to feed million of children globally. Last year July 2019 she went to Ghana her motherland to do her charity work. She donated to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Children’s surgical ward and Apam orphanage home. DJ Zel is dreaming to build children hospital in Africa in the future.
What impact have you made in your community?
“I have donated to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Children’s Surgical Ward and Apam Orphanage Home and l have also joined top 10,000 djs around the world to raised funds to support children in Africa during covid 19 crisis makes me feel happy and fulfilled. If l have been able to do it you can also do it. GET STARTED AND LET MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”
“The advice l will give to other kids who want to start a non profit organizations is that if you have the passion for supporting and giving back to your community is very rewarding and for that fact that you are putting smiles on people’s faces and making people’s live better is a great good impact on others and it’s a worthy cause which l will advice any kid to do. Starting a non profit takes alot of time, focus, and hard a hard work. You have to know your purpose and your goals, and the community that you want to support. Sometimes there will be challenges and struggle but never give up, you can do it. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Choose a cause that you want to support. There are a lot of worthy cause you can support. It will help you to make a positive impact in your community or society. As a DJ, a model and philanthropist my vision is to feed millions of less privileged children in Africa.”
Heaven Help One Help All Foundation Inc. is a non profit that she started in 2015. Based in Atlanta, Heaven’s mission is to help families in need of food, clothing and more. Her latest effort was feeding the homeless who were greatly impacted by Covid-19. She was featured by CBS46 for her efforts.
” I disliked seeing other families in need of the same needs I have and it was in my heart. My mother inspires me and God because we are in this together as a team we all love helping others. ”
Heaven along with Goodr deliver meals to needy metro Atlanta families affected by the pandemic on Tuesdays. – Heaven Hightower is on a mission to make sure no family or child goes without a nutritious meal during the pandemic. So, she’s partnered with Goodr to delivers dozens of meals each week. Volunteers with Heaven Help One Help All package food distributed by Goodr for delivery.
Every Tuesday, Goodr drops off surplus food that Heaven and her team of volunteers package and deliver to needy families around metro Atlanta.
Goodr is an Atlanta-based startup that redistributes surplus food from large businesses like Chick-fil-A and Coca Cola, to nonprofits that feed the hungry so that food isn’t wasted.
“When I get older I will grow in my community and continue to help others.”
This year has been challenging due to a worldwide pandemic, civil unrest and global warming that has caused wildfires around the world. we wanted to highlight young people who are making an impact in their communities. This proves that no matter your age, you can take small steps to change the world!
“After feeding the homeless with our aunt when I was 5, I decided I wanted to figure out how to help people with no homes. Organization was started when I was 8 where I decided to provide temporary support for those in need by way of blessing bags filled with toiletry items like wipes, soap, socks, tissue, lotion etc.”
What advice would you give kids who want to start an organization?
“Start small, don’t take on too much. Think about something that you are really passionate about, don’t do what you think is popular instead of what you really have a love for. I will continue with my organization, hopefully helping people actually find homes to get off of the street.
There are so many that inspire me. My parents, my grandma, young people who look up to me and most importantly is the folks that I service.”
“The two main ways I give back to my community are donating animal donations to my local shelter, and being a reading advocate to kids my age.I post my reading journey on @booksthroughmyeyes on Instagram!
My parents always taught me that I am fortunate, and I need to think of others around me. I have been volunteering since I was three years old, and have continued volunteering ever since. You should be passionate about whatever it is you are promoting! If you enjoy it that is all that matters. Work hard and you will see results you want!”
How will you continue to make an impact in the world when you are older?
“I will continue to donate to animal shelters for my birthday each year. I also hope to expand my social media platform throughout the years or maybe partner with organizations! My mom and other influencers around me like Saraciea Fennell the founder of The Bronx is Reading and author Mahogany L. Browne inspire me to continue volunteering.”
Why did you start doing charity work in your community?
“I was 4 years old and had a lemonade stand for the Texas flood victims. Having that be so successful, she held lemonade stands for different charities every year. My favorite was using the money for medication needed for two rescue puppies. When they were all better I was able to meet them! It is sad because with Covid-19 I can not have a lemonade stand this year. “
Her mom provides us with more details about her work.
Madison has been saddened by everything happening in the world. She was upset with the George Floyd incident and didn’t understand what was going on. She wanted to do something positive. She started a Diversity Library at our her home in NJ. Her vision is to create a library that is full of books that have characters of different races, ethnicities, religions, and abilities. She looks forward to sharing them with the community. She hold events in her backyard that incorporate a book and a fun experience or guest readers. We have had the police department read and motivational speakers. We have black owned and multicultural companies come as well as children and adults with disabilities.
“When I am older I would like to continue to help the environment and people. Get an idea and just do it! Get involved in your community. Seeing people and animals getting better and getting what they need gives me inspiration.”
I started a movement to spread faith hope kindness and compassion the main goal is to remind the world that LOVE is contagious too. We collect now collect digital squares of positivity! I began this work after being bullied and hearing about a young girl named Jasmine who killed her self because of bullying. I wanted kids to know that bullying does hurt. I went to a new school.
“Not all kids can transfer schools so I use to collect these fabric squares at events and kids could write how they felt inside and put prayers inside. Now because of COVID they transformed to a digital platform and I have made friends from all over the globe like a different Jasmine and she’s in Ghana. This work means a lot to me I want to start raising money to make T-shirts in the future that also spread love because now is the time to heal. I also started taking pictures my photography business is called Soliel l’avis the point of this work is simply to continue in the mission of spreading positivity. I show pics of how I feel even though things are complicated right now it’s okay to look at the BEAUTIFUL things and focus on those things like the sun the sunset and water. Those things make me happy and don’t focus on the problems.”
“Do what comes to your heart. This work began out of hurt. You can help others and heal your self at the same time. You can use your talents to help others. I want to be an actress because I need to express myself. I am actually shy but you can’t tell on stage or on camera. I hope you just start you non profit because you will impact the world.I will keep working on my photography and collecting squares. I will keep acting and using my voice to be a change agent. I will stay positive and try to help others.”
Who inspires you do to make an impact in your community?
“My sister, I see her work so hard. She has a design business and digital art business. She follows her dreams. I love my big sister so much. Nothing stops her problems push her harder. My Mom teaches us to look beyond our circumstances. We are homeless right now and she just made baskets with my church for homeless families. I was like we need a basket and she reminded me that somewhere someone has less.”
Why did you start doing charity work in The Bronx?
” I wanted to start doing charity work in my community because I know that there are people out there that need help. I want kids to know to always try and never give up. My mom inspires me because she is always giving back and when I am older I want to continue to help the homeless. “
Tahlia makes blessing bags with essential items for those in need. Soaps, tooth brushes, combs and more. She also makes birthday cards for kids who are in the hospital.
“I’m using my love of coloring and drawing to encourage kids in the hospital who are sick, I want to cheer them up!”
Follow these amazing children on their journey by visiting their websites or social media pages!
On Tuesday November 24, 2020, WYP Takes Over Atlanta took place at Sparkles Family Fun in the Atlanta area. Bringing together young influencers, talented teens and celebs, the event’s purpose was to network and bring together creators in a positive and safe environment. Guests were limited and treated to an afternoon of skating, snacks and giftbags. Fresh Kid Nation bloggers Shonda and Aniyah were on the scene to capture behind the scenes fun and interview attendees.
What’s Your Passion is a Motivational Media and Lifestyle Brand inspiring people to find their true passion. They host events that bring together young talented people together to network and learn. WYP believes everyone has a natural talent & purpose.
On it’s website we learn that the mission of WYP is:
“Many of the world’s biggest problems are rooted around depression, a lack of inspiration and anger. Through influencer partners that believe in the cause, WYP will create motivational content and product that spreads positivity and self awareness. “
On October 22, 2020, Carla Nelson the founder of Black Fashion World Foundation interviewed the legendary Jamel Shabazz, a documentary photographer and a visual artist. Black Fashion World Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to empower black fashion entrepreneurs through educational events, networking and opportunity events that will guide them in the right direction to access capital or receive mentorship and advice from industry experts.
Jamel Shabazz, born and raised in Brooklyn, learned from his father who served in the army. His uncle and brother are also photographers. He described his skill as as a divine gift and a blessing.
“I have responsibilty to use my eyes to make a contribution to the world. Images that bring joy and love. That have purpose and the perservation of our history and culture. Family photo albums were important to have. At age 15 he picked up a camera. His father had a vast librray of photography books, this is how he learned the power of photography and the creative process.
“The camera is 3 things, time machine, compass and a weapon. Photographs served as roadmaps on his journey of life. it guided him to different places. “
After seeing photographs in the book Black & White America by Leonard Freed. when he around was 8 or 9 years old. Shabazz was exposed to Harlem, segreated south and exposed to racism through this book and unfamilar photography.
It made him want to travel and see the larger country and the world. “The language of photography allowed me see the larger world!’
Spent a lot of time in the local library. Over 45 years of visual memories.
now the imags need to be documentation of protests like George Floyd someone happened to film it!
He introduces himself and gets to know them. Shabazz tells us a photograph is evidence of their conversation. Thats what we don’t see. He needed to be a voice especially in the 80’s. Recognizing their greatness and beauty. He uses his creativity to bring out a positive change in his community. He wanted to know the people to overt the crack and AIDS epidemic which devestated the Black community.
Carla Nelson states “These images will tell our stories fo years to come.” I agree, Shabazz’s photographs capture my childhood and I often refer to his images when styling a retro themed shoot. His photographs were used in my college costume design class at Syracuse University. I was chosen to present fashion during the 1980’s and I was so excited to share what I remember we wore growing up in Brooklyn during 1988. It wasn’t neon leggings or powersuits; we wore leather jackets from Delancey street, Reeboks and gold hoops.
Shabazz replies “I’m doing my part to make sure our history is preserved. I have to be on the frontlines to show a counter balance. I try to find beauty in everybody.”
Some advice he has for aspiring artists include, the importance of studying the greats, be versatile, and try various styles and exhibitions. Shabazz chuckles, “It’s complicated now because everyone has cameras.”
He also suggests that aspiring photographers should also consider doing a book to showcase their work to larger audiences, and self publish! Use the power of social media to share your work and follow other photographers. Develop your own style! Use a different perspective.
The start of the school year has been deeply impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Children around the world have to adapt to hybrid, remote learning or going back to school with restrictions put in place. The school season has officially started all around the world and we interviewed children about their experiences.
I’m both excited and nervous, I missed my friends and even my grade 4 teacher. Mom walks me through the protocols over and over so that I do my part to keep safe. I can’t wait to see my bff they coming to school too because their moms have to work.
“I like going to school and seeing my friends”
Grace Avera Pierce
North Carolina, USA
I can’t wait to go back. Mom states, As long as protocols are followed then some form of normalcy is needed.
I feel happy about kindergarten but sometimes it’s hard with using the computer and I really miss being in a classroom with my friends (she’s doing distance learning)
I’m a little bit scared, but I really want to see my friends. Change isn’t always bad.
I don’t really like going back to school online. Staring at a screen all day is lonely and the connection issues frustrate me at times.i can’t wait until we can go back in person. I want to see my friends and hug them. I miss being able to hug people. I miss competitions in class. I miss being able to go to clubs and getting music lessons in person. I miss not having to worry about wearing a mask everywhere! I just want to enjoy my last year of elementary with my friends.
North Carolina, USA
I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see my friends again!
It’s a weird feeling. Part of me feels blah, because I’ve been spending so much time at home and now I’m kind of used to it. But on the other hand I’m excited to see my friends. I haven’t seen most of them since things shut down. We are doing hybrid so two days in school and three days online.
Hi everyone! My name is Maya aka Maya Glitters and I am one of Fresh Kid Nation’s Uk bloggers! I am a kidpreneur fashion blogger, kid fashionista, presenter, podcast host and content creator. I am also fashion editor for Cocoa Girl Magazine!
Here’s how to get started: Layer #1 – Cute camo trousers and off – the – shoulder top
Layer #2 – Cute camo trousers, off – the – shoulder top, star – pattern gilet
Layer #3 – Cute camo trousers, off – the – shoulder top, star – pattern gilet, pom pom hairband from Maya Style.
I founded the challenge and I am planning to launch it on social media networks in the future. I started the challenge because I wanted to show the versatility of clothing items. And many ways they can be used!
Check out fashion influencer Rimya and her layered look! She starts with a pink polka dot dress as her base layer, scarf for her second item and finishes the look off with a ruffle shawl and sunglasses.
Geianna perfectly nails her fall 3 layer outfit that is cozy and chic for the changing weather!
This challenge is a predicted social media phenomenon! Savannah is a teen entrepreneur who rocked her 3 layers look. Her denim duster is versatile and can be worn tied up.
I love how Aubrielle created a new look with by layering a bright yellow shirt and coordinating headband over her jeans.
Don’t forget to tag your own videos on social media with #mayaglitterschallenge #3layerschallenge