When Samantha Black showed her Spring/Summer 2012 collection for her namesake line full of clothing and bathing suits, Sammy B, last September in New York during Fashion Week, you would have thought that was an established designer with years in the industry. She started her line after graduating from the Pratt Institute in 2005 where she majored in Fashion Design and interning at Jill Stuart, Michael Kors and even working in London at Alexander McQueen’s design studio. With all of this experience she maintains that the road to becoming a household name hasn’t been easy. And we love her for it. Here are three reasons why:

1. She’s fighting against being labeled an ‘urban’ designer.

Not that this is anything wrong with being an urban designer, but she is working hard for people not to assume just because she is black that she is an urban designer.

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