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Meet Trailblazer Keliecia Parker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keliecia Parker.

Keliecia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I remember watching America’s Next Top Model when I was younger and always sketching out designs after every episode I inhaled. Little did I know, those moments would shape a very intriguing career path for me. For starters in middle school, I loved to draw, then in high school, I started a fashion club my senior year, and a few years later, I have my Degree in Merchandise Product Development from FIDM ( Fashion institute of design and merchandising). Some things come natural, thankful I was able to turn my dreams into a lit ass reality.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Throughout trying to find my place in this world let alone the fashion industry nobody could’ve prepared me for the setbacks I had waiting around the corner. I’ve spent my whole life being a flagrant black woman and learning how to make a space for myself regardless of the spaces available. I tend to overpower a lot of spaces I’m in and that had me quick to realize… I am more than I perceive myself to be. And with that token, I got back in tune with my hustle and stepped up.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about your business – what should we know?
I specialize in Technical Design and looking forward to one day challenging my skills to birth a unisex clothing brand. I am most proud of my efficiency and opportunities I’ve had thus far such as being the assistant technical designer of American Apparel for a period of time and so on. I would like to say my energy sets me apart from the crowd, not in a holier than thou vibe but everything alongside it. I try to maintain a truthful persona and keep close to my roots.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
There are many barriers today within female leadership in the fashion industry and the workforce as a whole. But I’ll bring up one of the loudest disruptions and that is the conversation of body positivity and the lack of opportunities for plus-size models within the fashion industry. It’s a large problem many overlooks or assumes is getting better because certain fast fashion brands are somewhat inclusive when the reality is it’s still a huge dilemma and we’ve got to do better. I’d like to see more representation of women that look like me. Period.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @Supkeliecia

Image Credit:
Samantha Stephens @SammyAnnPhotography on IG

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