Suffolk girl to hold fashion show to combat bullying

Published 6:25 pm Friday, June 3, 2022

After months of healing, Morgan Robinson is turning her pain into purpose with a fashion show.

The Takeover Fashion Show will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at R&L’s Rentals and Party Supplies, 204 E. Washington St. The show aims to bring encouragement to kids who have been bullied and struggle with low self-esteem and anxiety.

Morgan is 11 years old and first entered the spotlight when a video was posted by her classmates on Facebook and Instagram of her being attacked by a fellow student at King’s Fork Middle School in October 2021. The video was later removed by Facebook, but according to her mom, Shareka Robinson, the incident caused both physical and emotional pain that Morgan had to work through.

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The video is not how Morgan wants to be remembered, so she decided to take her negative experiences and turn them into something positive.

Being a “girly girl” who loves pink, she decided to be an entrepreneur and start her own clothing line, Charming Diva Co. She started the company to show others that they can do whatever they put their mind to no matter what others say.

“Many kids suffer from depression and Morgan wants to speak out and share her story,” said Robinson.

Morgan plans to put all the proceeds from the fashion show toward her newest project: expanding her clothing line and creating a nonprofit that helps other kids who struggle with mental health, depression and anxiety.

The fashion show will have speakers, dancers and 30 kids modeling clothes with meaning. Each color will represent a different positive message, including overcoming difficulty, being yourself and doing anything you put your mind to.

“This is a good opportunity for the community,” said Robinson. “We want to help the community bring attention to bullying and bring a change.”

Morgan also speaks out publicly to encourage others. She has spoken at conferences, including being on a panel for the Southeastern Virginia Health System town hall focusing on helping youth to overcome mental health challenges. She also was recently named a youth ambassador for Parents Against Bullying VA.

Attendees are asked to make a $20 donation to help start her nonprofit. Contact Shareka Robinson at robinsonreka@ymail.com for tickets. Learn more by visiting Charming Diva Co. on Facebook.