Life hasn’t always been easy for Jimelle Levon. At times, he hasn’t even had a place to call his own. But still, Jimelle doesn’t let it get him down— in fact, the whole experience has only made him stronger. “Me and my mother lived in a shelter before when I was in fifth grade,” Jimelle told WCMH. “From there on, once I hit sixth grade, I was always a hard worker, either shoveling the snow or anything to gain money because I didn’t want to be in the predicament anymore.” Now 18, the high school senior has stitched together a great future for himself. He started a business designing and sewing handmade prom dresses—and he even made his prom date’s dress. Jimelle found his passion at age 14 and has been sewing ever since. He calls his converted bedroom his “Sewing Lab,” and during prom season, he spends a lot of time there, making three to four dresses a week. From simple monotone dresses to sparkling mermaid dresses, each dress is custom made, and customers pay $300 to $450 each for his spectacular creations. After Jimelle graduates, he plans to take the next step toward his dream of running his own fashion label. He’s going to attend Clark Atlanta University, where he’ll study business and fashion. Check out the heartwarming video about Jimelle’s life and passion below.
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