If you think your New Year's resolutions are lofty, we invite you to meet these young fashion designers.
Quietly but confidently, several teens and tweens over the past year have been flexing their fashion skills and establishing themselves as legitimate fashion designers. From the 11-year-old with the bow tie line to the 12-year-old girl creating commission-only graphic tees, these youngsters will blow you away with their passion, drive and sheer talent.
Time to step up those resolutions.
Melissa Jade Aiello, Age 12
Melissa, or Missy, was born in England in 2001. (Yes, in the 2000s. We're not joking.) But it was a teacher in New York City who encouraged Missy's drawing skills. The then-9-year-old started sketching models and fashion icons from magazines, including Karl Lagerfeld. She put the Karl sketch on a t-shirt, followed by sketches of Anna Wintour, John Galliano and Donatella Versace. She turned it into a t-shirt line called Tees By Missy X. The 12-year-old's growing t-shirt company, which currently operates on "commission-only basis," was recently profiled by Vogue UK.
Moziah Bridges, Age 11
Moziah, who goes by Mo, had been sewing his own ties since his grandmother bought him a sewing machine at age 9. Soon, Mo had created dozens of bow tie styles using vintage fabric, attracting attention from family and friends. With their encouragement, he launched Mo's Bows. (Such a cute name.) Now, at age 11, Mo sells his ties online and at boutiques in Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas -- when he's not at school, that is.
Bella Weems, Age 17
At age 14, Arizona teen Bella informed her parents she wanted her own car for her 16th birthday... so they said she should earn the money herself. She used her babysitting money to buy parts to make locket necklaces, then started selling her own necklaces. She quickly turned the business model into a site called Origami Owl where "designers" can buy the parts to create their own locket jewelry, then sell it at a markup. Bella, now 17, calls it a "social selling jewelry business." Forbes calls it a $250 million business.
Cecilia Cassini, Age 14
"I started designing when I was four years old when I started cutting up clothing and began repurposing the material," recalls Californian kid Cecilia Cassini. By six, she got a sewing machine for her birthday from her parents. At age 10, she was showing her eponymous clothing line at Los Angeles trunk shows. Now, 14-year-old Cecilia is selling her bright, unabashedly girly clothes at Fred Segal Santa Monica and hanging with celebs... and dressing fabulously for class. "What other girls would wear to a party is what I wear to school," Cassini told Voxxi.
Isabella Rose Taylor, Age 12
In Austin, Texas, at age 9, Isabella started designing and making clothes inspired by "colors, shapes, poetry, travel and the beauty of everything around me" -- and made specifically for tweens. By the time Isabella was a tween herself, she showed her first eponymous collection at Austin Fashion Week in September 2012, won the event's Rising Star Award and set out to create her second collection. The 12-year-old told "Today" in September 2013, "I think the keys to success are blood, sweat and glitter." Seems to be working well enough.
Courtney Allegra, Age 16
This San Diego native started designing at age 12, but she truly got her start at 15 when she showcased a collection of women's clothing at the Hollywood’s Top Designer event in 2012. "I actually wanted to do more of a goth line originally and then I blended more goth and urban styles for a more modern look," Allegra told SheKnows. That city-ready blend is now for sale online and has even been showcased on "Today," an experience Allegra blogged about in HuffPost: "I was excited that I was able to share what I love with such a wide audience."
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Most five-year-olds finger-paint. Aelita Andre is about to have her second solo show as "the youngest professional painter in the world" at New York's Agora Gallery -- her first showing raked in up to $30,000 per painting. Andre is the daughter of two painters; at nine months old, she crawled onto her parents' canvasses and began to paint.
15-year-old Kuha'o has been blind since infancy, but he hasn't let his loss of vision deter him from his dreams. He is able to play any song on the piano after listening to it only once. In just two days, his instrumental version of the dubstep song "Cracks" by Freestylers racked up more than 60,000 views.
Six-year-old Ethan, who is on the autism spectrum, has an extraordinary talent for music. At just four, he began playing The Beatles' "I Will" by ear. Now, his cover of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" has gone viral, boasting more than 1.2 million views.
Piano teacher Judith Fairchild works with student Marissa Liu, 6, Thursday, May 17, 2012 in her Memphis, Tenn. home. Marissa just recently won the Grand Prix at The X Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition sponsored by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas in Corpus Christi. She is apparently the youngest winner ever in the competition's history. Part of the prize is, Marissa, who can't reach the piano pedals, will be performing at Carnegie Hall in December. (AP Photo/Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal)
Jourdan Urbach rehearses at the Pierre Hotel prior to a ceremony where he will receive the nation's highest public service awards, the Jefferson Awards, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in New York. Urbach is a violin prodigy who has channeled his musical talents to raise more than $5 million for pediatric medical research around the globe, headlining benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other venues. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In November 2012, the 5-year-old Internet sensation from Hong Kong shut down the conspiracy theorists of YouTube with a live performance of the fast-paced Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composition, "Flight Of The Bumblebee," on Ellen. There were a few big differences between this, Tsung Tsung's U.S. television debut, and the viral video from the fall that introduced us to the Hong Kong talent. Tsung was noticeably less smiley than he was when we first fell in love. In fact, he was almost deadly serious, clad in a snazzy white tux instead of his usual pajamas. Luckily all his dramatic moves were still there, including a new closer he whipped out in which he throws his hands up "like a gymnast after a golden Olympic performance."
Speaking of the earlier adorable video of little Tsung Tsung smiling away, here it is. The YouTube clip surfaced in September 2012 and quickly made its way to Reddit, where commenters so in awe of Tsung's lightning fast hands questioned the video's authenticity. You know where we stand on that though.
This summer, nine-year-old Kieron Williamson sold 24 paintings in 15 minutes for the very-adult price of $386,000. He began painting at the ripe old age of six, and has been unwaveringly supported by his doting mother who recently wrote a biography about the young painter, modestly titled "Kieron Willimason Coming to Light -- The Remarkable Story of A Child's Gift to Painting."
Eleven year old Ethan Bortnick has already performed with the likes of Beyonce and Elton John, and claimed a Guinness Book of World Record's title as the world's youngest solo musician to headline his own tour, which he first did at the age of 9. This summer, the piano phenomenon wrapped up another solo tour, on a 22-city sweep of America.
Seven-year-old Alma Deutscher may not be able to reach the pedals of her piano without a little help from a stack of books, but the young pianist, violinist and composer is the latest sensation in the classical world. In an NBC News video from this fall (seen to the left), the tiny talent is seen cooly composing a cello sonata and performing her own musical creations on both the piano and violin. Deutscher, a favorite of British actor Stephen Fry, wrote a short opera called "The Sweeper of Dreams" earlier this year, a feat that prompted comparisons to Mozart.
Try not to headbang along to this video of six-year-old Jaxon Smith drumming to the Foo Fighters' song Pretender. According to the video's description, the self-taught percussionist weighed just one pound when he was born in 2005. He's grown up to be quite a rocker, performing songs by Rush, The Who, Heart (yep, "Barracuda"), the Silversun Pickups, Tool, Rage Against the Machine and more. For more of Jackson's amazing drumming, head over to the profile of YouTube user U2RUSHFAN.