Who are you?
My name is Karyn Washington and I am, Strong, Empowered and Classy.
What do you do?
I am a student at Morgan State University, entrepreneur, and founder of For Brown Girls, a project created to celebrate darker skin complexions and combat colorism.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about being creative, writing, helping others, and being a brown girl!
Strength refers to the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor; mental power, force; moral power, firmness, courage; power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc. What makes you strong? Tell us how it strengthens you.
Obstacles… adversity has made me strong. Having things happen in my life that make me want to give up or doubt my abilities, and then getting through it is encouraging. Learning to not “sweat the small stuff” and that “this too shall pass” reminds me to remain positive and optimistic.
Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, educational, gender, or economic strength of individuals and communities. Where does your sense of empowerment derive from?
I am empowered by other strong women and girls. Even by those who don’t necessarily know they are inspiring. Women who are doing what they can to uplift others around them and make a difference in their community motivate me to do the same. I think it is so important for women no matter what complexion, race, or religious background to be united in making sure our voices are heard – that we are being leaders and positive role models to the younger generation.
Classy refers to being elegant, stylish; having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior; admirably skillful and graceful. How important is it to maintain a sense of class in your life or field?
To me, remaining classy should be definitely a must for all women. But, especially if your brand or project represents positivity, and you
are expecting others to be for your cause, you want to lead by example. Preach what you teach. I have learned that I do not always have to respond to negativity,or express every little thing that’s on my mind whether it be in real life or social media. It’s definitely a struggle sometimes but I always try to remember that there is a bigger plan.
Life is truly a journey. Are you proud of where and who you are right now? Why?
I am, because I have grown so much since my teenage years. I have found something that I am passionate about, more sure of myself and confident in my abilities. I also really love the skin I’m in! That’s one place that I want all girls and women to get to, so I am glad that I can tell them that I am there already and ask them to join me.
If you had the opportunity to speak for the masses, what would you say?
I would say that when a person finds their passion in life, he/she has found a good thing. Loving what you do, having that drive that wakes you up in the morning excited about life is a blessing. There are a lot of people who feel lost and without purpose, which saddens me. I would tell people to not give up in searching for their passion, until they find it. Everyone deserves to have a life full of joy.
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Thank you for visiting www.janethangproductions.com. Be on the look out for more sources of inspiration from The Strong, Empowered, & Classy Project each week! We are truly thankful for Karyn’s participation in sharing her story with us. Be sure to visit the links above to support the Dark Skin Red Lip Project and to learn more about the For Brown Girls movement. Don’t forget to share Karyn Washington’s perspective of strength, empowerment, and class with your friends and family!
-Always Remember to Stay Inspired! – @MsJaneThang
@MsJaneThang is actually Kristen Hayman, the founder of Jane Thang Productions, LLC. She is a Strong, Empowered & Classy young woman that writes poetry and stories that speak to the heart.