Each season when fashion week rolls around, you expect to be inspired by color, textiles and textures, models and muses, and of course gorgeous skin, but you don’t necessarily expect to feel transformed emotionally and spiritually. Yes, of course, there may be that one stage setting, or look that stirs your insides, but aside from being more knowledgeable about trends, you don’t expect to leave fashion week intrinsically better than when you started. At least, I didn’t—until today.
Backstage at the spring/summer 2016 collection for Hood By Air I met 14-year-old, Alanna Wall, who was assisting as a nail tech. Obviously it goes without saying that the girl has some serious nail art skills, but what is even more awe-inspiring is that at ten years old, Alanna started a non-profit organization called Polished Girlz. She travels the country with few skilled girlfriends (and adult supervision) visiting various hospitals, and paints the nails of patients with special needs. Talk about impressive! She carries herself with an heir of sophistication, but she hasn’t lost her girlish charm. She still believes that “glitter makes everything better” and “you’re never too young to change the world.” If you’re over eighteen and you’re thinking “I want to be like Alanna when I grow up,” you’re not alone. She’s definitely my new girl crush. With a heat of gold and a résumé that includes big brands names like Disney, Ellen DeGeneres and now, Hood By Air at NYFW, Alanna is certainly the epitome of black girl magic. Find out more about Polished Girlz by watching the video below!
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