About Sumer Strawbree
Harassed in the 6th grade by kids at her school asking, "Did your fingers get longer since the last time we seen you in elementary school?" Others commenting, "Your fingers are so long and longer than ours", when she was in elementary school." Sad and annoyed, Sumer Strawbree had a talent that they didn't know about. But, now they do.
Word got around school as pictures of Sumer's first coloring book, "Black, Brown & Beautiful" began to flood her Instagram (@sumerstrawbree) and even more pictures of her supportive community and customers posed with her and her book. Furthermore, she proudly wears her t-shirt brand to school that is getting her more positive attention these days for her fingers abilities to draw digital art on the pro level.
Now she's in the 7th grade. She was asked what the kids say about her now and she responded with confidence, "They think I'm famous!" However, her self-esteem was already built high before they were asked for their current opinion about her through reading her daily affirmations. She realizes it's about what she thinks about herself, not what others think that matters most.
Everyday before school and at 7PM in the evening, she reads her affirmations aloud with her dad in a call and response fashion. Her positive self-image is continuing to rise. She hopes that girls will not only color the positive images on the pages of her coloring book, but would also take the time to read affirmations daily building their self-esteem.
In 2019, Sumer Strawbree won the Master Artist Award from a local art studio. In 2020, she won her school district's Youth Arts Month Award and was named Artist of the Year by her elementary school. 2021 was her biggest year to date winning 1st place at Kid$ Bi$ Children's Fair out of 35 other youth landing her press attention with The Orlando Sentinel, Spectrum News 13 and the Sanford Herald newspaper.
Her goals are to earn an art scholarship for college, have her art that's in color displayed in an art galleries, have her books in bookstores and for her art to be sold internationally.
Furthermore, it is her goal to design a black Barbie Doll, have an animated series on Netflix and have her book and merch sold at Walmart and Target.
Sumer has donated copies of her book, 'Black, Brown and Beautiful' to Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando and Delaware and to inner city schools across the nation that have a high population of at risk youth.
She has lead vision board workshops at the Orlando Science Center for its visiting paying guests and families. Guests have a great time and leave with a sense of purpose for their lives.
Furthermore, Sumer has spoken to girls at non profits and schools about how she was bullied and how she took back control of her self esteem through writing and reading positive affirmations daily.
A portion of revenue is donated to a charity partner who uplifts black & brown girls self-esteem.
Sumer Strawbree is the author and illustrator of 'Black, Brown and Beautiful', "Glow Up' and another book on the way called 'My Career Glow Up'.
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Sumer Strawbree has been featured on:
The Kelly Clarkson Show, FOX35, News 6, News 13, Orlando Sentinel, The Sanford Herald, Cheryl Magazine, Fierce Entertainment, Lex GO Financial, The Aunt Debb Show.
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