Fashion with a Purpose

Lilliane
May, 2021

My purpose is to bring awareness to mental health and inspire women to be their best, and to feel their absolute best with positive affirmations in mind. I am to inspire all those who use my products. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical strength! I want to motivate everyone to look and feel their best and help others pursue the best version of themselves in the gym or on their day today. 

I started the idea of my business back when I was a young girl taking modeling classes, drawing and writing ideas that I one day wanted to turn into something bigger. At the time I was being raised as a Christian and I was the ‘preacher's kid’. My father was a world renowned preacher and carpenter and has a condition called Epilepsy. He experienced an episode while building property and fell off the roof. He shattered his spinal cord and then my life as I knew was never the same. Being raised the way I was, I was not permitted to see therapists and/or take medication. I was only 11 years old but I was broken and I remember everything as if it were yesterday. My family and I spent years suffering mentally and emotionally and sometimes physically too. We were a Carribean-American family with a different view on the resources we had available to us.

I spent years in silence and haunted by this accident. The dynamic between my father, mother and I of course changed. There was nothing I could do. I suffered internally for a long time well into my 20’s. The one thing that kept me and gave me a beacon to hold on to was my gift and passion I had in the skillset I had as a creator. I was always empowered by my family to draw, create, and to let out all my artistic skills into the universe. 
 
In the years 2013-2018, during this time, I experienced an abusive relationship while on my path to self discovery. I was physically beaten, bruised, mentally checked out, suicidal, depressed and anxious all the time. I was homeless at one point, living out of my car at another, pregnant in my tubes and beaten up some more by the man that claimed he loved me. I was living in trailer homes, hopping fences to find a job, forced to abandon my friends, forced to deny my family, forced to pay child support for a child that was not mine and had never met. I was being forced to support a questionable side hustle, drugged and violated and forced to go dancing at strip clubs for him. I was blindly suffering through manipulation and narcissism. I lost myself, my innocence and all of my mind. I look at it now as a purpose served.

I woke up in darkness begging the universe to give me a way out. So I began to research what I was feeling and the pain I was experiencing in my mind and in my body. I was starting to become concerned about why I always feel full even though I went days without eating. Why my left side felt numb hours at a time and why I couldn't seem to feel like I was alive. I was numb and no longer felt like life was even real. 

In my research I discovered the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and saw their mission is to support people like me that live with PTSD, suicidal tendencies, anxiety and depression. I knew I had to give other individuals a way out. I wanted people to know that there are people and resources to help and there is no need to suffer alone. After healing and much research on ADAA and their cause, I decided that it was a must to partner with this organization and have an organization of my own that supports this and have it actually mean something. I want to inspire others to use their gifts and talents to empower themselves as I did.

There is not just one way to get through these internal challenges, so FORBEFASH  apparel was created.

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