My mother always thought that there would be fashion in my future when my first word was “beads” not “mommy.” Growing up, I’ve always loved art and expressing myself through my creativity. I have always been inspired by the world I live in because I feel fashion is everywhere. Upon graduating Pelham Memorial High School, I received my Fashion Design certificate from Southern Westchester BOCES. I designed and wore my own prom dress, as well as attending Summer Live classes on Saturdays at the Fashion Institute of Technology. FIT has always been my dream school. After graduating high school, I took two classes at FIT part-time while working. However, I realized I wasn’t ready. During the recession, my primary goal was to work in the fashion industry and discovering a way to graduate faster. I soon discovered there aren’t any short cuts in life. I graduated within sixteen months with an Associate in Occupational Studies degree from the Wood Tobe-Coburn School and started my first job at an athletic apparel manufacturing company in New Rochelle, New York.

I have 3 years of professional experience with a background in design, product development, and production in the fashion industry. Within those three years, I have worked from an Assistant Designer in athletic apparel to a Freelance Fashion Designer in sleepwear. One of my biggest challenges was transitioning from a small family owned athletic apparel company in Westchester to freelancing for the first time in a big sleepwear corporation in New York City. My accomplishments included design presentations, keeping track of proto sampling in product development and confirming details to proceed in production. I accepted any opportunity that came my way to further my professional experience such as interning, volunteering as well as working at various textile and fashion trade shows in New York City.

As a member of our society, I will strive to utilize my education and experience in the hope of becoming a fashion entrepreneur in the future. I have an interest in empowering women of all ages through self-empowerment, connecting with others, responsibility for justice in a world of cultural diversity, artisan and activism in communities. One of my goals is to help improve the working conditions both domestic and foreign in the garment trade. I enjoy volunteer work in helping communities in need. My goal is to work for a company that has a sustainable and positive working environment.

I am a member of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom – Westchester Chapter (Muslim and Jewish women building bridges to fight hate, negative stereotyping, and prejudice), as well as the Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA) – New Rochelle District, which is a worldwide Buddhist lay organization.

“Never giving up means you have already won!”

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