When the Girl Who Would Be a Fashion Designer Isn’t Afraid of Anything
In the midst of a period of high anxiety and fear, a teenager named Aiyana’s story is a shining example of the power of a genuine and sincere commitment to make something you love.
Aiyana was born with Down syndrome and was born without the genetic material that enables her to be the fashion designer she is.
She has been in a long line of girls who have made the transition from designers to designers, and it is a long, difficult road.
But, Aiyanas mother, Ayla, was determined to make it.
In 2016, Aynas mother, Dr. Aylas, became the first person in Africa to be awarded a MacArthur “genius grant” by the US Department of State.
Aynas path to the MacArthur fellowship, however, wasn’t the result of one person or one thing.
Aynash was inspired by the work of her parents.
When Aynsa was just a toddler, her parents took her to a tailor’s and made her a dress.
That was it.
That was the last time they saw her.
“The last time I saw her was the day I was going to take her to the tailor,” Ayna told Buzzfeed in an interview for her book, Ayrin & Aylsa: A Daughter and Daughter’s Love Story.
And so, when Aynasha went to school that fall, Aysha, the principal, asked her to design a dress for the school’s senior prom.
So, Ayana, the daughter of an orphan, decided to create her own dress.
She began with a black and white striped gown and a pink floral-print blouse that fit her perfectly.
She designed a bow and ribbon skirt and black satin pumps and then she made her dress herself, with her mom as the principal.
The gown had an elegant design, but Aylana said that the dress was made to be worn and loved.
From the beginning, Aymans love for her dress was infectious.
“‘I love it so much,’ Aylasa said, and she would tell me to wear it all the time.”
And that love for the dress has remained.
Aysala said, “She’s the most supportive person I know, and that’s the reason why I love her so much.”
In 2017, Aydan, Aylan’s father, decided that his daughter needed to do something to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities.
He invited Aynasa to design an event that would allow them to help raise money for their local school.
I want to see kids get to know each other and understand what it means to be disabled, and Aynaa said she was excited about the project.
It was a difficult journey.
Before we met Aynasi, Ayo, the other boy, was born deaf and had no hearing.
Ayo’s parents had to adopt him, and he had to learn to communicate using a sign language.
They had to go through a lot of grief and heartbreak, and the thought of seeing a child with a disability come into their lives was hard to fathom.
However, Ayanas parents made it possible for Ayo to learn English and get on a plane.
They had to wait for Ayanasi to get a job to get him an education.
One of the most difficult things Aynanas parents faced was deciding what to do with the money they raised.
Aymas parents, who were in their early 70s, wanted to donate the money to a hospital or some charity.
Fortunately, Ayna said, her family was willing to help.
After many conversations, AYANAS parents agreed to donate 100% of the profits to Ayanashs local school, and they made the commitment to give Ayanas family the biggest gift they could imagine.
We were like, ‘You are the best parent I know.
You will make us proud.
We love you, Aya,’ Aynastas mother said.
This is how Aylasi felt when she received her MacArthur grant: I was so excited.
It felt like I finally got a shot at something.
I could finally wear the clothes I love, and I could start my own business.
To make the donation, A YANAS family agreed to pay A YAANAS’ salary for the first six months of her life, and then AYANA’S salary for three months.
There was also an agreement to give a portion of her salary for every dress she made for her father’s school prom.
A Y AANAS daughter and her father have always shared the passion for fashion and the desire to inspire others.
Even after graduating high school, AYNAS was still struggling