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Activist, Optimist, and Author Christine Platt on Raising A Strong Teen Girl

Written by Erin Feher

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Photographed by Erika Layne 

For Christine Platt, activism is a way of life. She expresses her desires for the world through how she consumes (minimally and conscientiously), how she creates (she’s authored a series of kids’ books that let young Black children see themselves on her pages), and even how she decorates—she coined the term “Afrominimalism” to describe her design style, which is influenced by the rich history and beauty of the African diaspora. So, it should come s no surprise that she is raising a smart, stylish, and empowered 15-year-old daughter who has a bevy of impressive talents of her own. The two women live together in a dreamy Washington D.C. condo, and invited us over to talk about everything from design disagreements to the joys of raising a teenager (for real!) to why fighting racism is a family affair (for all of us). Click through the full tour below and prepare to be inspired!

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  1. Simply beautiful. Each picture is so lovely and uplifting. Thank you for sharing your very best to us.

  2. Naomi Parker says...

    I loved this one so much. Beautiful!

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