There are many Black women, young and old, who embody #blackgirlmagic. And as a part of celebrating the release of the newest holiday movie, Disenchanted, Disney+ is paying homage to seven young Black female changemakers who are using their “magic” to inspire others. Take a look at some of these familiar faces as Disney+ Celebrates Young NextGen Sheroes.
According to her IMDb bio, Kheris Rogers is an actress, activist, designer, singer, dancer, and model who is featured as Bel on the Brat TV series, Chicken Girls. Kheris is the world’s youngest designer to ever showcase at NYFW with her viral clothing line “Flexin’ In My Complexion”. Kheris’ clothing line became her way of standing up to bullying because of her darker complexion. Kheris was also part of the Columbia Records girl group, “Run the World”.
Celai is, as stated in her Instagram bio, the original teen supermodel. Starting out at an early age, Celai blew away the fashion world with her signature walk down the runway. Fast-forward through time and she has added actress, author, and activist to her incredible resume, ensuring that no one is ever bullied. Celai went Behind The Mic and talked with Gabriel Silva as a follow up to her 2020 Just Talk With Gabe podcast interview. Take a look at what she had to say first-hand about how she does and manages it all.
Gabby Goodwin has been in business for herself since the age of seven-years-old with the creation of GaBBY Bows, a successful accessory line, including those adorable barrettes that young girls wear that won’t fall out or damage their hair! Following her accessory line, Gabby created a haircare line, Confidence by Gabby Goodwin, to make wash day a little more fun. Now, nine-years-later, the 16-year-old is still at it. Gabby has opened the doors to her first storefront in her Midlands community where young girls can not only get their hair done but purchase products as well. The cherry on the top, Gabby is sharing all of her journey with the next generation as she has started a mentorship program to help young girls become entrepreneurs.
Ballerina, actress, and advocate, Alyssia Duda is making sure that young Black girls know that they can dream big and if they want to. And of course, letting them know that they can become ballerinas too. Alyssia even penned a children’s book, “Alyssia’s Dream” to hone in her message. Alyssa also is the creator of her own 501(c)3, Alyssia’s Dream, which is an organization to help provide ballet scholarships to young girls of color.
Khloe Thompson, aka, Khloe Kares is an international philanthropist, author, fashion designer, speaker, and actor. The multi-talented young lady at eight-years-old, took a positive move to shed light on the homeless situation in not only in Los Angeles’s Skid Row but everywhere through her Khloe Kares Foundation and “Kare Bags” filled with toiletries and necessities such as a two-to three-month supply of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion, feminine hygiene products, socks and underwear. Khole’s “Kare Bags” have made a big impact so much so that the young philanthropist has received the prestigious George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for her altruism.
Taylor Richardson, also known as Astronaut Starbright, is proving that Black Girls can unquestionably do STEM and do it well. With the dream of one day becoming an AstroDoc and Future OBGYN, Astronaut Starbright is using her voice to influence and encourage children, especially young girls, to become more involved in STEM education. Having met her idol, Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female to to to space, the roles are reversing and Taylor is unquestionably becoming what Jemison is for her for many who are following in her footsteps.
According to her official website, Bailee started doing nails when she was six-years-old at a a nail stand, similar to lemonade stand, that she set it up in front of her house to provide manicures for $5. She enjoyed it so much, that people started making appointments for Bailee to come over to do their little girls nails. A time skip to the present, and Bailee is still providing little girls with smiles through Bailee’s Nail Box. In addition to her entrepreneurship, Bailee is also a budding author with already one book under her belt, “Bailee’s Book – The Science Behind It,” which teaches young future leaders to become entrepreneurs.
Each one of these amazing young Sheroes was recognized as real life princesses by Disney. If you haven’t already done so, tune-into Disney+ to catch Disenchanted, now streaming on the popular streaming service.
Photo Credit(s)/Featured Image: Kheris Rogers Instagram, Celia West Instagram, Gabby Goodwin Instagram, Alyssia Duda Instagram, Khloe Thompson Instagram, Taylor Richardson Instagram, Bailee Knight Instagram/Kheris Rogers Instagram