We’ve all heard the saying “it doesn’t matter what has happened to you, what matters is what we do with it.” Eighteen-year-old fashion designer Jimelle Levon, out of Columbus, Ohio, shows us there’s some truth to it. Jimelle didn’t have it easy growing up and at 10 years old along with his mother were living homeless shelters. Instead of feeling helpless like most children his age would, he decided to work little jobs to earn money.
Jimelle was determined to get him and his mother out of that situation. He had heart, and even when his mother was able to get an apartment, he kept his work ethic. At the tender age of 14, he turned his small bedroom into a sewing workshop. This is when Jimelle started turning his dreams into a reality. Levon painted unique designs on shoes, shorts and even taught himself how to sew. All of his designs are original.
It wasn’t long before Jimelle thought of an idea that would help him create a name for himself and launch his career in the fashion world. Inspired by the Eddie Murphy classic “Coming to America,” Levon set out to recreate the gold-sequined formal wear from the movie. Levon and his beautiful date, Vanessa Bell, wore his custom designs on the night of their prom. evon had to cut each flower by hand before they could be incorporated into his design. Creating this dress wasn’t easy to create considering the creative energy and time needed.
Attaching the flowers to the sheer fabric of his date’s form-fitting dress presented another challenge. But in the end, his hard work paid off. Levon alway knew his designs would be a hit online, and he was right. Pictures of Levon and his date quickly went viral on social media, and his inspiring story was featured in multiple news articles.
Steve Harvey caught wind of Jimelle and his viral photos and invited him to the Steve Harvey show. Levon received the invitation at the last minute and was able to showcase three designs he created seconds be the show began.
While his prom date received her dress for free, Levon’s dresses now sell for a cool $450. He created a self named evening gown line along with a sporty vibe fashion line called “KoldKut.”
Levon is currently attending Georgia’s Clark University, where he is studying fashion and working on improving his sewing skills. His ultimate goal is to have his dresses mass-produced. He came from humble beginnings but the sky is the limit for this gifted young man.
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