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Marie Antoinette's Journey from Healthcare to Fashion and Art Advocacy

Updated: Mar 5

In a world where fashion is an art form and advocacy knows no boundaries, Marie Antoinette stands as a testament to the power of passion and purpose.

In the world of fashion and art, where boundless creativity reigns supreme, Marie Antoinette has emerged as a powerful advocate for the often overlooked voices in society, breaking barriers and challenging societal norms. Tampa, Florida, is where Marie's journey started from healthcare, fashion, and community initiatives.

"I always wanted to take care of people; it's why I studied healthcare. I wanted to bring better representation into the healthcare sector," Marie explains, reflecting on her initial career path. With a passion for community initiatives, she sought to encourage healthcare education and support children and single-parent homes." - Marie Antoinette

However, the intersection of her love for fashion and art with her experiences in healthcare led Marie to a profound realization – the need for representation in various facets of life. This revelation prompted her shift into the field of anesthesiology, where she could contribute to a more inclusive healthcare sector.

In 2021, Marie took a bold step by launching SAPPHIRE DIAMONDS, a clothing brand that echoes her commitment to inclusivity. The brand is not just about fashion; it is a celebration of diversity and a stand against colorism. Marie was motivated by a disheartening encounter in a fabric store, where she was told, "you're pretty for a dark-skinned girl." Determined to challenge such stereotypes, she embarked on the creation of the SAPPHIRE DIAMOND AWARDS, recognizing community members making impactful strides in socio-economic initiatives.

Marie's advocacy against colorism reached new heights with the MELANIN project. Comprising a documentary, book, and lifestyle brand, MELANIN aims to demystify colorism and promote positive narratives surrounding skin pigmentation. "Being able to build and create the MELANIN project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," Marie explains.

My work is about creating art in all forms for all people, and I believe we can get closer to a truly inclusive world, if we have more conversations, and are willing to learn from each other.” — Marie Antoinette

Marie has broadened her narrative on fashion, inclusivity, and art. Through collaborations with corporate and educational institutions nationwide, she endeavors to initiate conversations that foster positive change. More than just a fashion designer, Marie is a catalyst for meaningful dialogue and an advocate for social change.

In a world where fashion is an art form and advocacy knows no boundaries, Marie Antoinette stands as a testament to the power of passion and purpose. As she continues to shape narratives and challenge societal norms, her journey serves as an inspiration for those aspiring to make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields.

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