An Ohio teen recently took the Internet by storm when it was revealed he made a dress for his date to prom. Jimelle Levon is an 18-year-old student in Columbus, Ohio who has dreams of going into fashion.
Self-taught, Jimelle began sewing when he was 14 years old after converting his small bedroom into what he calls his “Sewing Lab”. He now sells three to four of his custom-made creations during prom season. Jimelle’s designs are something he handcrafts for each of his customers. For his prom date, he hand-sewed a Coming to America-inspired gown.
Jimelle’s strong will to succeed was sparked by the big challenges he and his family faced early on.
“Me and my mother lived in a shelter before when I was in 5th grade,” Levon told WCMH. “From there on, once I hit 6th grade, I was always a hard worker, either shoveling the snow or anything to gain money because I didn’t want to be in the predicament anymore.”
Next fall, the motivated teen will be attending Clark Atlanta University to study business and fashion. Watch more of Jimelle’s story in the news clip below.