9-Year-Old Budding Fashion Designer Catches Mattel’s Eye

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A 9-year-old girl from Michigan has taken imaginative play to the next level. This aspiring fashion designer has a special gift for dressing her Barbie dolls. Recently, she even caught the eye of Mattel. 

Sha’Kvia Woods, Nevaeh’s mom knew her daughter was a fashionista from an early age. She said, “She would always carry a Barbie doll around with her trying her best to match her doll’s clothing with her outfit for the day.”

Nevaeh Woods - Barbie

While Nevaeh has always been very creative, over the past six months she started expressing a desire to design clothing. After Neveah told her mom, “You must create the life you want.” they purchased enough supplies to get her started.

Nevaeh Woods - Barbie

Nevaeh draws her inspiration from her mother and both of her grandmothers. From a young age she would critique their outfits and pick out their accessories. Woods said, “She is very particular and knows exactly what she likes. I have to say she is definitely a natural.” 

When Woods posted Neveah’s designs on her Facebook page, she didn’t expect to go viral, garnering nearly 9,000 shares. Mattel took notice and a representative from Barbie’s social team reached out to the budding designer.

Since receiving a package of new Barbie dolls from Mattel, Nevaeh has continued designing new looks. She currently crafts her outfits using scissors, socks and a hot glue gun, but she is determined to learn how to sew.

Going forward Nevaeh has her sights set high. In the future, she hopes to see her designs on a runway in Paris. 

Woods said that when her daughter puts her mind to something, she is unstoppable.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Sha’Kvia Woods


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