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ATLANTA (November 7, 2016) Things are looking up for Clark Atlanta University (CAU) freshman, Jimelle Levon. The 18-year-old fashion design student is set to appear on the Steve Harvey Show Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, at 3 p.m. The episode airs on WAGA-TV/FOX 5 Atlanta and focuses on Levon's meteoric rise as a highly sought designer of prom gowns, which sell for as much as $800 a piece. The Steve Harvey Show caught wind of Levon's extravagant designs after he hand stitched his own prom date's African-themed gown and the pictures went viral.
Life for Levon, his mother and his two sisters definitely hasn't always been this glamorous. He grew up in poverty in Columbus, Ohio. At ten years old Levon and his family became homeless. He said they lived in and out of shelters and moved at least eight times during this tumultuous period. In fact, it was homelessness that helped propel Levon to start designing and sewing at age 14.
"I used homelessness as a motivational tool for my future to make sure I never end up back in a homeless shelter," said Levon. "It's a pure blessing to me. I have to give all credit to God," the confident, yet humble young man explained.
Levon counts his decision to attend CAU as another blessing. "I want to show people I can make it in the fashion industry by graduating from an HBCU," he said. He's getting business tutelage and mentoring from CAU's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development. And as prom season cranks up, so do the orders pouring in for Levon. Demand for his popular gowns is so high he recently moved into a new dorm room without a roommate to expand his operation. His classmates are beginning to take notice as they realize who he is. "They're starting to slowly find out," he shared. But he remains focused with a goal this season of producing a whopping 50 prom gowns all while juggling a full load of classes.
Levon also produces a street wear clothing line for men under the brand Kold Kut. To find out more about this budding fashion mogul or purchase his threads visit KoldKut.com.Category: Students, Arts and Sciences
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