A daughter of Gary, Indiana, Flaunt Your FLY! founder Nicolia "FLY" Kelly was embedded in a background rooted in artistic independence and individual expression. As a student of Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts, from the sixth through twelfth grades, she was afforded the opportunity to hone artistic instincts, while being incubated in a community of similarly talented cohorts. Asserting herself artistically soon transcended to other avenues. It was the confidence acquired while attending Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts that would enable her to navigate other life endeavors.
It was while attending DePauw University that this “confidence” would be most tested as she was repeatedly denied admittance into an organization in which she pursued entrance. Every year she heard, “No.” and every year she became more determined to persevere in her truth.
Nicolia believes cultivating and maintaining relationships with Brown women is as necessary as breathing. Without having to shrink, she has been wholeheartedly and authentically embraced. Some of these relationships have transcended friendship. She knows them now as Sisters.
These and other collective experiences highlight the significance that positive nurturing among women of color serve. Despite prior acceptance issues, she (and other women) can experience meaningful & authentic female relationships.