October 10, 2014
Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative
This week I had the opportunity to be part of Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative at the White House. I was matched to work in the "construction workshop". The kids of course were incredibly excited to be in the White House. Thrill of meeting Michelle Obama was also something that I don't think they could imagine.
There were a bevy of designers to help such as Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Jenna Lyons, Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung, and I cannot forget Anna Wintour. After I got them reasonably relaxed, we worked on designing necklaces. I showed them an inspiration video that we made specially for the event that fused Malcolm McLaren’s Buffalo Gals with Massai warriors that I had photographed in Tanzania . I let their imagination go and gave them a selection of components like lucite with graffiti, African beads stones etc. The kids had an hour and a half to design whatever they wanted and take home as a keepsake for their time at the White House.
It was truly a special event. Michelle Obama gave a speech that I think changed everyone's life that was sitting in that room. She spoke of the need to continue to inspire and reach our hand out to help youth further their dreams and education. She's an inspirational woman!!
Here are some pics of the night.