Doing something you love is the inspiration behind unstoppable 13-year-old Essynce Moore—who proves that with a little support, opportunities are endless.
Moore’s drive and determination have allowed her to accomplish things beyond the ordinary.
“My age is just a blanket cover of what I’m truly capable of,” she said.
Moore is a fashion designer, author, spa owner, and was recently named Teenpreneur of the Year by Black Enterprise, an organization dedicated to helping African Americans succeed in business and investing.
The New Jersey teen said the whole experience was exciting, even though her heart was pounding excessively that day.
“They acknowledged me for doing what I love,” she said. “It’s nice to know that people are paying attention to what I’m doing. If I can inspire one kid, then I have already done my part.”
When It All Started
Moore was six when she started drawing clothes in her sketchbook. Something that started off as a hobby quickly turned into a business, thanks to the support of her mother, Starr Barrett.
“As a mom I just paid attention to her and watched what she was doing,” Barrett said.
Barrett motivated her daughter to take her craft seriously when she was 10. She realized “there was something there,” in Moore’s sketchbooks.
She said her daughter used to wrap sheets around herself like dresses, and would use them to come up with different styles.
“I can’t even do that, where did that come from?” Barrett said.
Moore’s sketches became more than a hobby. Barrett helped cultivate Moore’s craft by buying her books for Christmas and birthdays.
In 2013, Moore launched her official clothing line, Essynce Couture, and things became much more surreal when her friends wore her collection during the launch party.
The clothing line, with the motto “A child’s passion for fashion,” has a little bit of everything from business wear to casual wear, she said, and it is still growing.
Moore even showcased her fashion line at New York Fashion Week for both fall and spring and Atlanta Kids Fashion Week.
In 2015, the young entrepreneur expanded her brand further by launching the Essynce Couture Spa and Boutique, exclusively for children and teens. Its goal is to give youth a place of their own to be pampered, inspired, and educated. The spa offers manicures, pedicures, hair-cuts, athletic foot treatments, and athletic hand treatments.
Moore said she holds events at the spa and educates whomever is present about entrepreneurship, “they can start a business regardless of age.”
For now, the spa is located in Passaic, New Jersey, but will soon be relocated, although she is not sure where yet, “just piecing things together,” she said.
Barrett said she is “beyond proud” of her daughter’s accomplishments.
“Seeing everything she’s worked hard for… seeing other children wanting her autograph … to see her inspired and empower her peers, it’s amazing,” Barrett said. “You can do anything you want to do; you can be anyone you want to be. Live your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you.”
Moore has indeed followed her mother’s advice.
She has written two books: “6th Grade Middle School Chronicles” and “7th Grade Middle School Chronicles.”
She said she first fell in love with writing when she was 7, but it was her supportive mother, once again, who inspired her to write her first book.
“When I was in the 6th grade every day after school my mom would asked me ‘How was your day at school?'” Barrett said. She would tell her mother “crazy stories” about her friends and teachers, so her mother suggested that she writes them down, “and thats how the book started,” she said.
The “8th Grade Middle School Chronicles” is in progress, Moore said.
“I want to see myself doing a lot more when it comes to writing,” she said. “I want to challenge myself. I’m still trying to figure out how, but I definitely want to get out of my comfort zone.”
It may seem as if Moore has done it all … but this enterprising teen has another skill up her sleeve: She is a motivational speaker. Moore speaks at colleges and conferences as a motivational or keynote speaker.
She focuses on encouragement when she talks to people and her target audience is her peers.
“I can relate to them so much,” she said, adding that she talks to them as friends, not as an entrepreneur.
She tells them, “Even if you don’t know what you want to do right now, you have a purpose, and I’m sure that you are going somewhere, anything is possible.”
The sky is the limit for Moore, who has been a honor roll student since the third grade.
She loves just about anything that allows her to express herself. She is looking into becoming a tattoo artist in the near future.
“I love drawing and I love creating things.”
And her friends, just like her mother, have been by her side every step of the way.
“It’s a really good feeling knowing that they have my back,” she said.
Moore has a message for those who want to follow in her footsteps:
“Don’t let anything stop you. There’s so much to sacrifice, so much to do, and you begin to question whether or not it’s worth it. Your dreams is worth it … always,” she said.
“The happiness your dreams give you is amazing.”