Women's History: Pretty In The City
Gurlification is a Philadelphia based brand that's redefining what it means to be a lady. Their mission is simple, to inspire and empower girls and women to be ladylike through ladylike branded clothing, accessories, signature events and social media. On Saturday, March 28th, Gurlification held their first annual Pretty In The City event that featured music artists such as Mike Thomas, Bria Marie, and Tracey Preston. The event also featured fashion shows that displayed the brand's new collection of women's wear as well as vendors that offered exclusive accessories, herbal/detoxing teas, their various t-shirts and offered health tips. Pretty in the City was meant to celebrate and recognize Women's History Month by educating the young women of the audience with words of encouragement and inspiration, from guest speakers including Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA™ Jasmine Daniels and Author/Founder of Wear Your Confidence, Cherese Folks to name a few. Together, founder of Gurlification Samia Young & her managing partner Tanya Morris have one goal and that is to bring a modern, relevant spin to the saying Always Be A Lady. Their messages have evolved into a movement and are displayed proudly across tees in various colors, their messages also include sayings such as: "Classy Never Trashy", "I'm Perfect With My Imperfections" and "Look Pretty Think Pretty".
When I arrived at the event I was greeted by several women and was also given a gift bag that consisted of discounts, coupons and beauty/fashion information. The event was amazing and it was truly refreshing to see so many young people come together to promote such a positive message. In today's society, especially on television, young women are constantly being exposed to negative images, behaviors and violence. Young women can be very impressionable so reminding them that being a lady or to act ladylike can counter the negative images they are bombarded with. Gurlification did an amazing job with their entertainment and made sure that the music matched their mission to inspire. Artists Tracey Preston and Bria Marie sang songs that deeply moved the crowd, myself included. I know I was not the only one who could relate to their passionate stories. There were snacks at the venue as well, none of which I got to enjoy because I'm currently dieting. But that's another story. The DJ fabulously set the mood, providing a setlist that set the party off.
Check out Janae's video of the event:
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Graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Janae Knox is continuing her education at Eastern University where she is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration & Healthcare. Hoping to one day turn her passions into pay checks, she enjoys video blogging and managing her children’s brand GrayLayers.com, outside of being Chair of the Board for the Care More foundation, and being a contributing writer for Black Girl Fly Magazine. Her experience and work ethic doesn’t stop there, to see more please check out her Linked In account or subscribe to her YouTube channel.