COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A local teen is making a name for himself in the fashion world.
Jimelle Levon is a freshman at Clark Atlanta University where he is studying business and fashion, but Levon grew up right here in Columbus. When he was still in high school, he started making prom dresses out of his bedroom.
Levon’s path to the fashion world hasn’t been easy.
“At the age of 10, me and my mother ended up in the homeless shelter,” Levon said. “But instead of using that as a way to make me feel like horrible on the inside and whatnot and turn into a bad person, I pretty much used it as a way to motivate my future.”
What started as making one dress for his prom date soon turned into making three to four custom dresses every week during the height of prom season. He also launched a ready-to-wear line of streetwear called Koldkut and an exclusive designer line called Jimelle Levon. Both lines are available for purchase on his website.
Now, Levon’s story has gone viral and caught the eye of talk show host Steve Harvey.
“It was an amazing experience,” Levon said. “It was like very chaotic because I feel like, you know, I feel like it was my moment into the fashion industry.”
Levon brought fresh designs to the show so a national audience could see them.
“I’m not really that good at sketching, but I pretty much just take whatever in my mind and try to bring it to life,” he said.
Levon is still in awe that he is where he is today.
“If you had told me 10 years ago I’d be sitting here as a fashion designer, I would be like ‘No, not me,’” he said. He credits his success to his hard work and dedication to doing what he loves.
Levon intends to start own fashion school before he graduates from Clark Atlanta University.