We’ve all seen or maybe even own graphic tees with iconic beautiful women such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn….but what about a line that celebrates ‘our’ iconic beautiful women.
Introducing Belle Rebel Boutique! A line that features beauties such as Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Zora Neal-Hurston, and many more. I had a chance to speak with founder Shalice Ollie and here’s what she had to say about what inspired her tshirt line.
“It all began during one of my many shopping adventures in my local mall. I had been eyeing a T-shirt line in one of my favorite stores, as I shuffled through the piles of decorated tees to find my size, I began to recognize a considerable amount of tees adorn in an variety of designs featuring Marilyn Monroe. I admired them, and even thought to purchase one for myself, but didn’t. Each store I visited I continued to see the theme of Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn blaze the front displays, and I thought to myself, what about Dorothy Dandridge, or Lena Horne? These women have inspired me to look in the mirror and see beauty with regard to our struggle as women to sometimes see. They are iconic, and should be celebrated for their contribution to the history of successful beautiful black strong women.
This ignited a movement. I started a non-profit organization, “INspire Movement”, and a boutique “Belle Rebel Boutique.” I began my pursuit to use these platforms to forward my mission to up lift urban communities through fresh innovative programs integrated with arts, fashion, and design. Jan 2014 we decided to launch our very own T-Shirt line featuring “Women Who Inspire.” Our goal is to have our shirts in front displays sweeping across the world.”
You can find them online at www.bellerebelboutique.com or find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bellerebelboutique?bookmark_t=page