In 2017, my then 7-year old daughter and I created Pretty POM in response to the lack of representation of little girls (who look like her) in mainstream advertising and media. Pretty POM was created to REPRESENT, EMPOWER and INSPIRE young girls of color...by highlighting and celebrating their beautiful natural skin tones and the diversity of their naturally textured hair.
Since the beginning, we've always aimed to help promote positive representation and self-affirmation, through empowering imagery and text, that allows little Princesses of all ages to see their likeness in the brightest of lights!
By figurative definition, POM is a nod to the 'two-puff/ponytail' hairstyle traditionally worn by little girls of color. By literal definition, POM is an acronym for 'Piece of Me'. When created, the brand was originally designed to help instill a sense of pride in my daughter, who at age 6, began to have questions about her skin tone and hair type.
As mothers, we are generally our childrens, especially our daughters, first role models and point of influence. They model our fashion, our characteristics and our behavior, and while they learn so much from us....many times, they teach us things about ourselves. Life has a way of coming full circle, and serves as a reminder that we have to continually ensure that our daughters are represented in a positive and uplifting light, as they are a reflection of, and piece of us!