When I received the email congratulating me on being named the Fashion Icon of the Year it took me about five minutes to process it.
As the evening started, the qualifications for receiving an award were read. As I listened, I began to think, “wow I really do all of this!”
I watched my industry babies work the room. I admired my mentees living in their moment.
I was able to see the fruits of my labor, smell my roses.
Thank you to The Carolina Fashion Awards for honoring me on May 21st. To be recognized for my work on and off the runway, in front of the camera and behind the scenes means the world . The recognition is the real win for me. The award is the bonus to remind me of where I’ve come from and how much more work is to be done. Fashion has always been and will continue to be my ministry.
I have more events, productions and surprises to come so get ready for another 30 years with me. The opportunities are coming and the hard work is paying off. I’ve always said and will continue to live by one motto, “when God blesses me with opportunities I will do what I can to bless others.” My job is to be a vessel for others to live out their dreams if they’re brave enough to try and ask.
Thank you Shauntese, Johnatha, Essence, Tosha and the rest of the team. I couldn’t do any of this without you.
Thank you for every vote and nomination. For every prayer and word of encouragement, thank you. My mom is the president of the fan club and know she leads it with prayer, unconditional love and support.
A very special thank you to my date, Mr TDH, for an unforgettable evening celebrating my win.
And finally, congratulations to all of the winners of the night. May our work continue to speak for us and impact our communities.
Now, let’s work!
Photo Credit: Monique Douglas / Grayscale Magazine
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