Who We Are
Founded in 2019, House of Clyopatra Foundation serves as a charitable, cultural and educational organization committed to bridging the gap between cultures and generations. Our work is dedicated to mentoring and empowering the next generation into becoming young entrepreneurs and creatives in the fashion industry. We strive to bring to light the diversity in the Fashion Industry. Get in touch to learn how you can make a difference at our Charitable Foundation.
House of Clyopatra Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to making the world a better place through various initiatives designed to help those in need. Together, we can make a difference in the world for generations to come. Read more about our work and learn how you can make a change today.
JUNIOR BOSSES OF FASHION
"Turning your Creativity into Longevity"
Helping our youth to realize their ultimate potential, fulfill their life purpose, attain financial freedom, harness the creative mind in making a difference and leaving a legacy.
To teach the young entrepreneur how to build Generational Wealth. Many people are born with the natural talent as a Designer, A Model, a Makeup Artist, Photographer or a Stylist, some are so lucky that they realize this from an early age but may sometimes let go of these talents due to lack of not having the resources or not knowing how to navigate through this unique industry. Some also start but are unable to continue due to the fact that they have not mastered the art of handling the business/financial aspect of that talent.
This workshop is put together to enhance the talents of the budding Junior Boss of Fashion. The Program brings together some of the best in their field to teach and enhance these young Artists how to be the best and bring out the best part of their talent but more importantly to teach them how to run their talent as a business.
We will start with teaching these young bosses how to open and run a business by education them on the business aspect of the fashion industry, by teaching them how to set up the right infrastructure of a Company that will last for generations to come. These young students in the workshop will have the opportunity to select from one of the following four specialization:
Make Up Artistry
Each module will be accompanied by instructions on how the business side of that field is set up and should be run – Mini but packed course in Business Management and Administration.
So, you have always wanted to be a Designer, a Model, a Makeup Artist or a Stylist but not sure how to go about it or you do know but how can you make a living out of it? Let us show you how, all you need is PASSION, PERSEVERANCE AND A LUCK.
Ifeoma C. Onyia
Founder and Designer
With a keen belief in the power of mentorship and empowerment work, Ifeoma C. Onyia is committed to changing the world of fashion. There really couldn’t be a more dedicated Board Chairwoman, and we’re so happy to have Ifeoma C. Onyia as part of the House of Clyopatra Foundation team.
Morenike Oyebade has been a truly valued member of the House of Clyopatra Foundation family since 2018. Morenike initiates, organizes, and promotes new programs for our staff, members, and volunteers. Morenike Oyebade is completing an the accelerated Masters of Public Health Sciences program at the University of Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia, where she received a B.A. in Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health and a minor in Global Culture & Commerce. While in college, Morenike worked for the D.C. Department of Health, reviewing and analyzing policies, regulations and plans that impacted the health of D.C. residents and visitors.
SJ (Sola) Oyebade
SJ Oyebade brings a valuable youth perspective to the Foundation, having from an early age been an advocate and peer mentor in every school that he has attended including Towson University where he is a Sophomore year student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Marketing. SJ is also the Assistant Director of Athletic Affairs in Student Government Association at Towson University, he is the Inter Chapter Liason in Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity Inc. With a keen legal mind of what is right and wrong, SJ has spent every summer interning with the Law firm of Onukwugha and Associates, helping to bring to light the disparities in the Baltimore area of Maryland.
After 15 years as a prosecutor, Chidiebere ("Chidi") brings to the House of Clyopatra Foundation extensive experience in business, entertainment and product liability law.
Instructor - The Business Module
Ms. Michele Harrison has a passion for education that goes beyond the classroom. She believes in educating the whole student by correlating real life applications with academics.
Her educational career began non-traditionally, while working in corporate America, Michele saw an increased need for women and children in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) fields and fashion industry. Although she knew the scientific knowledge, she decided to venture into the business world in order to acquire that knowledge that would help her cultivate a positive rapport with the students into helping them become the best they could be in this world.
Michele has both a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Administration. Her teaching and administrative leadership experience is diverse within public and independent schools. With more than 15 years in the field of education and entrepreneurship, she has mentored and advised a vast array of students of different nationalities and backgrounds.
Instructor - Fashion Photography
Nichole Beatty of Katherine Costello Photography has been established since 2016. Nichole is from Alexandria, Va & resides in Oxon Hill Maryland & is a published photographer both domestically & internationally. She specializes in Portraiture & Wedding Photography, & enjoys capturing editorial beauty & fashion photography in her spare time. She has been a photographer for 6 years.
Instructor - Make up Artistry
The Washingtonian Native and Professionally Published Makeup Artist, Karen Bonita has graced numerous faces with her blessed touch since 2010. Karen Bonita is the founder of theblessedtouch Makeup Artistry which mission is to render individualize consultations and challenge the mold, capturing the client(s) best look while simultaneously maintaining an accomplished, refined presentation. In many encounters, Karen Bonita’s objective is to introduce the inter beauty of the client and provide sensitive yet detailed craftsmanship and customer service that demonstrates her artistic style. In other words, Karen Bonita is in a class by herself. Her clients include the everyday woman , runway models , Reality TV Stars to the Red Carpet Actress. Ms. Karen ’s noted Team Leadership and Team Membership includes and is not limited to the following: The Washington Redskins, Recording Artists Johann and Ihsan Bilal, URcity Magazine, National/Folk Life Festival, MD Fashion Awards, numerous Bridal Parties, themed photoshoots, Charible Fashion Shows, AP for Woman Clothing Designs, Jockey Intl Person to Person, Boho Designs Online, Taste of the Runway Fashion Show, PurpleRunway Fashion Show, Crystal Couture Fashion Show, Curves Rock, Girls Night Out by Shawn Yancy, WOE Magazine's Girl's Talk Experience, MD Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week, Baltimore Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, Baltimore FOX 45, Lead Makeup Artist for Ricky Simmons, Muscial Stage Play, "Love University ", Lead Makeup Artist/Hairstylist /Wardrobe Stylist for No Ordinary Thang Entertainment Film Production of "The Stage of Euphoria " and Makeup Artist for District Film Group and OCTET Production s, Couple's ,Night Out Movie, True Entertainment /BRAVO Reality TV "RHOP", etc.
Instructor - The Art of Fashion Modeling
David Perry started Diana Darby Model Management to manage representatives in the different markets in the world of modeling. Officially beginning his career in 2006, David has become a frontrunner in the local modeling business.
David clientele works include New York Fashion Week, Miami Swim Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, Fashion Awards MD, Paul Wharton Style, Nikki Poulos, My Bougie Baby, LUXE magazine and Christian Siriano. David has personally worked with top models, photographers, designers, casting directors and event producers.
Now focusing his attention on model coaching, David Perry has recently started his program. “The Art of Runway and Posing” Master Classes instruct professional and aspiring models in the art of runway and model coaching, posing tips and model development.
Instructor - Fashion Styling
“Style is the culmination of your life's journey.Simply, style is everything that you are.”
Eugene Simm’s journey into style began at home. Growing up, the family code was to dress well when leaving the house, “after all you represented the family.” During his 8 years in Catholic School, Simms learned how to distinguish himself from his navy blazer and light blue shirt cloaked classmates by adding a personal touch of individual pizzazz- a beret & brown suede horsebit loafers. Earning his GED then pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences at his community college, Simm’s realized his dream of fashion and style persisted. After 2 years in community college, he set his sights on his dream something greater. In 2008 his passion for style was renewed r and the foundation for his sense of style began to form. While working at Club Monaco boutique in Washington DC, he began developing a keen eye and understanding of silhouette, proportion, cut, fabrication and colour. “I enjoyed helping clients transform into better versions of themselves through personal style.” Eager to learn the intricacies of fashion, Simm’s began interning with local fashion shows, organizations and brands - DC Fashion Week, Craze Chameleon Studio, Lost Boys Boutique, African Allure, Lofa Magazine, Lord & Taylor - Chevy Chase, Assistant to Director of Beauty & Style for Indie Fashion Week DC.
In 2016, his personal and professional experiences led Simms to create ESA Style LLC - a full service personal and fashion styling agency based in thriving downtown Silver Spring, MD. “I want to educate, elevate and empower women, men and young adults to embrace their personal style, while cultivating a better understanding of themselves.”
Mr. Simms, currently serves as a member of the DC Commission on Fashion Arts and Events - Retail Committee, in addition to creative consultant for luxury streetwear brand, Behind the Facade Clothiers, noted as BTF Clothiers. In partnership with leading fashion influencers and by works of local organizations, Simms is forging the efforts to redefine the fashion landscape of DC.
News and Events
A young model wearing Ifeoma C. Onyia design at a Clyopatra Couture show.
Ifeoma C. Onyia addressing Miss Black America Pageant Queens on how to pitch a business.
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