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Meet Red Sprinkle Written by Katherine Dean / Photographed by Heather Soskin When you hear of a business named Red Sprinkle in D.C., your mind may go right to Washingtonians’ favorite indulgence: cupcakes. But, for some local teens, Red Sprinkle is synonymous with fashion, creativity— and opportunity. Founded by sisters Madiana and Rebecca Margao in 2009, Red Sprinkle is a boutique consulting firm catering to the beauty and fashion industries that has grown into much more. In summer 2012, they partnered with Mary’s Center in D.C. and began offering free fashion camps for area teens interested in fashion, styling, design, creative entrepreneurship, and hair and makeup artistry. Since the success of their fashion camp, they have partnered with Montgomery County Recreation to offer their classes at a reasonable price. With a passion for helping budding fashionistas, Madiana and Rebecca give students a glimpse into the world of fashion, art, and entertainment, while providing them the foundation necessary for future success in the fashion and creative industries. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the Margao sisters and recent graduate Ruben Nyom to get the inside story on the camps, the kids, and what the future has in store. DomiCile: How did you come up with the idea to start Red Sprinkle? Red Sprinkle: We believe the best blessings in life are those that are unexpected. We first began as an online vintage clothing boutique, but decided to re-establish the company to better reflect our passions for fashion, education, and philanthropy. From those interests, fashion camp was born. DomiCile: You two are sisters. What’s that like for your working relationship? RS: We have a blast! We are very similar, but different in many aspects, so it brings a great balance to our working relationship. DomiCile: It’s a pretty big deal that you offer tuition-free camps. How do you make that work? RS: We offer programs free of charge to participants through our collaborators—Life Success, Excel Beyond the Bell, the Sports Academy, and the Montgomery County Recreation Department—while also offering scholarships to our students when we’re not able to offer the program free. We’re also excited to offer afterschool programs in partnership with area school systems. It’s our way of giving back to the community. DomiCile: How do you choose your students? RS: We like to work with D.C. students from Wards 1, 7, and 8, as those wards usually have students with more diverse backgrounds. 94

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