They refused to invest in her dreams and spewed out some really harsh criticism. “The chances that this is a business are practically zero. You only have so many minutes on Earth, don’t waste them trying to sell lipstick,” Businessman Kevin O’Leary told 29 year Detroit native Melissa Butler in 2015 on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
With his collection of charcoal pencils, acrylic supplies and oil paint, 26-year old Oliver Okolo is making his mark on the world. “I try to pass a message of self awareness and also bring our attention to all that is happening in our society today,” the self-taught artist tells The Spark, an art magazine.
Like most fashion designers, Toronto based Izzy Camilleri knew she made a name for herself when she started designing clothes for celebrities like David Bowie, Angelina Jolie, Jason Momoa, Daniel Radcliffe and Meryl Streep. What she didn’t know was just how much her career would change after meeting Toronto Star Journalist Barbara Turnbull.
While standing in line at the grocery store looking at magazines, 27-year old Liberian model, blogger and medical student Deddeh Howard decided she’d had enough. Despite having 10 years worth of modeling experience, agencies consistently rejected her because they already had a ‘black model.’ But that’s not what she saw as she gazed at fashion magazines in the check out line.
Although he’s one of the world’s finest designers, Valentino Garavani’s original plan was simple. He wanted to design beautiful gowns for wealthy, beautiful women. For more than 50 years, Valentino has made his dream come alive. Simply known as “Valentino,” the Italian courtier's luxurious designs are a common thread for a vast range of famous women including Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Adele, Audrey Hepburn, Serena Williams, Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldana and even Jackie Kennedy. Despite their various personalities, backgrounds and careers, Valentino’s designs highlight two things that bind them altogether: they are beautiful, wealthy women serving as living trademarks of Valentino’s A-list designs.
“Honestly, this is so much bigger than me,” 20-year-old Khalid said as he accepted the 2018 Billboard Music Award for “Best New Artist.” “This is for the youth, the young believers and all the dreamers out there. Do not listen to negativity. The only person in the way of your future is yourself.”