At only 9 years old, Kaia Aragon de Florissant is already recognized for the fashion creations she has made herself.
She started sewing at the age of 4 and created her own designs, which her mother, Tonya Aragon, posted on her TikTok account, middle.momand Kaia’s own Instagram account, kaiaraedesigns. Through these social media accounts, Kaia’s designs have garnered many likes and even caught the attention of well-known fashion designers like Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Gunnar Deatherage.
Kaia said she’s loved fashion since she was able to dress herself. Even at 4 and 5, she was choosing clothes to wear that would stand out.
“I love that clothes can give you courage,” she said.
Kaia’s parents, Tonya, who is a stay-at-home mom, and Eric Aragon, who is a teacher at Woodland Park Middle School, are adoptive parents, and Kaia has become an inspiration to other adoptive children who have gone through with the family. .
Kaia started sewing her designs on a sewing machine about a year ago. She models her creations for her mom, who posts the photos and videos.
Kaia is homeschooled and when she’s not studying, she keeps busy designing new clothing designs.
Kaia explained that her design process includes using two sketchbooks: in one, she draws the outfit; and in the other, she adds her drawings to figures already drawn. She then uses a mannequin to bring her design to life. She makes an average of one dress a day.
Apart from the attention she receives from social media, Kaia has also had several interviews and appeared on videos. “It’s been a bit overwhelming, but I’m so proud of her,” her mother said.
“It seems to be so easy for her, and it’s fun to watch her mind working,” Tonya Aragon said.
Fans requested some of her designs and even asked Kaia to design wedding dresses. However, these requests are a bit premature, her mother said.
“Kaia won’t be selling anything anytime soon because she’s a kid and should only sew and design if it makes her happy,” Tonya Aragon said. “Not because I want her to have a ‘somewhat normal childhood’, but because she should be free to change her mind a million times since she was just 9 years old.”