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Young Bronzeville Fashion Designer Recruiting Other Teens For Magazine

Kayla Perkins, 13, wants the magazine to feature stories and photos from other young teens.

Kayla Perkins, 13, of Bronzeville, is recruiting other kids to release a magazine. [Provided]
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CHICAGO — A 13-year-old from Bronzeville who designs clothes is looking for other teens to help her create a fashion-focused magazine.

Kayla Perkins, who most recently attended the National Teachers Academy, wants to feature other teens’ stories and businesses in her magazine but also hopes to find kids who can help write and take photos for the magazine. The project is new for Perkins, who has focused on designing clothes in the past.

“I wanted to get my story out by putting it in a magazine,” Perkins said.

The magazine will be called KFab — like Perkins’ clothing line — and it will focus on her fashion, accessories and her life story, she said. She plans to have it available online and in print, where it’ll be 20 to 25 pages long.

If the magazine goes well, she plans to put out more issues.

Perkins expects the magazine to come out in November or December. She hopes to have a fashion show with teen models wearing her designs around the same time as the release.

Perkins has been designing clothes since she was 7 years old. She entered a contest where kids got to design clothes; Perkins’ design was a winner, and it was made into an actual outfit.

“It actually did come out perfect like I wanted it,” Perkins said.

Perkins can sew, but she focuses on design and needs more help for creating her outfits. A dancer, she’s designed hip hop clothes, summerwear and is working on outfits for boys. She sells some items online.

The teen’s designs have been inspired by looking at TV shows, including “America’s Next Top Model,” “Project Runway” and Disney movies. She decided to create KFab magazine after reading True Star magazine, a free, youth-focused magazine distributed in dozens of Chicago Public Schools.

“I’m creative, I’m passionate about it and it’s something I love to do …,” Perkins said. “I’m kind of going for a trendy look that everyone will buy and get the word out about my brand so they can send other people in to buy it.”

Those interested in joining KFab magazine can email