Marsai Martin Teams Up With Hollister's Creative Incubator To Provide Funding To Teen Fashion Designers
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Marsai Martin Teams Up With Hollister's Creative Incubator To Provide Funding To Teen Fashion Designers

At only 17-years-old, Marsai Martin has already accomplished so much. As previously reported by AfroTech, she made history after launching her production company Genius Productions — making her the youngest Black executive producer ever. In addition to leading her company, she’s also the head boss over at Mari By Marsai — her nail line.

Even with all of the endeavors on her plate, Martin is committed to supporting others as the Gen Z role model is uplifting fellow teens, according to PEOPLE.

Marsai Martin Is Supporting Her Generation

Martin is already the face of Hollister, but now she’s taking her ties even further. Per the outlet, she is partnering with the brand for its relaunched Brand Agent Program — a nationwide brand ambassador program that’s a creative incubator for high schoolers. What’s more, the “Hollister FWD Fund” is set to go toward young entrepreneurs and help them chase their dreams in fashion.

“My partnership with Hollister has been one of my favorite things that I’ve done this year,” Martin told the outlet. “So when the opportunity presented itself to work together again, it was a no-brainer.”

She continued: “The FWD Fund and the opportunities it provides young designers is a great thing. Kids my age need a village to support their dreams and Hollister stepped up in a big way.” 

The Selected Designers

As the program’s partner, she was able to see the designers’ work and learn their stories.

Marsai Martin
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The selected students are as follows: 

  • Gabby Ragsdale of California
  • Michael Burrell, Jr. of Illinois
  • Brooke Sibla of California
  • Antonio Arguelles of Texas
  • Zara Mendes of New Jersey
  • Zikora Akanegbu of Maryland

A Hollister Brand Agent On The Program's Impact:

“There aren’t jobs or opportunities like this for kids my age,” they said, according to a press release. “I never imagined having the chance of getting to see the inside of what a brand does, let alone having a team as big as Hollister help me with something I’m passionate about. The FWD Fund is where we get to be our true selves. We get to explore what our passions are and how they could become a career.”