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Arlene Sutherland

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every day while she was pregnant.â&#x20AC;? During these daily meetings the woman had light conversations

Arlene Sutherland is an entrepreneur,

established some type of bond from

student, and mother, better known to

the conversations,â&#x20AC;? Arlene said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a

her clients as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chubby.â&#x20AC;? As a fashion

result, my mom allowed her to take

designer for over ten years, she has

me after I was born.â&#x20AC;?

influenced various cultures and

Wh en she was 18, Arleneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

social attitudes and offers her clients

biological mother came to Jamaica

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The High Fashion Experience.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never

to bring her back to Queens, New

wanted to be a one dimensional

York. Arlene recalled how painful the

designer,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead I wanted

transition was for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mind had

to provide fashions that transcend

to be trained to a new culture. It felt as

culture and ethnic boundaries.â&#x20AC;?

ARLENE SUTHERLAND - BLACK PEARL

with Arleneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biological mom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They

if I were in prison, so I rebelled against

New York, the suitcases were filled with

As skilled as her current life appears

my mom.â&#x20AC;? She became pregnant,

drugs and they had my name on

as a designer, her life growing up in

moved out on her own and worked a

them,â&#x20AC;? she exclaimed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was held on

Jamaica was quite challenging. Her

dead end job.

the plane by two feds who arrested

ability to overcome those challenges

Arlene said that the money she

has led to long-lasting power in the

was making from a regular job

fashion industry.

mother. In fact, her mother gave her away to a total stranger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was given away

ARLENE SUTHERLAND - BLACK PEARL

Arlene grew up in Jamaica, but not with her biological

me. Subsequently, I served two years in prison.â&#x20AC;?

was not enough to

Today Arlene Sutherland is saved,

support her family. As

sanctified and filled with the precious

a result, she began

Holy Ghost. She is thankful to God

transporting drugs.

for keeping her through it all. Arlene

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was quick money. I

continues to build her fashion empire

saw everyone driving

and to give her clients the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;High

at three months old,â&#x20AC;? she

nice cars and living

Fashion Experienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

stated.â&#x20AC;&#x153;The woman saw my

in beautiful homes. I

According to her Facebook page,

fifteen-year-old mother at the

had no guidanceâ&#x20AC;? she

from her fabulous red carpet gowns

emphatically stated.

to Rihanna rock star look, she designs

H o w e v e r, A r l e n e

every piece of clothing to make a

quickly learned that

woman feel like a goddess

the consequences of transporting

Arlene holds Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree

drugs were greater than the benefits.

in Organizational Management

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was not what people considered

from Rober ts Wesleyan College,

a small- time transporter,â&#x20AC;? explained

an

Arlene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I transported a minimum

instrumental in building her success.

of 1.5 million dollars-worth of drugs

She is presently working on showing

every weekend, going to San Diego

her designs in Avante Garde Haute

on Friday and returning on Sunday.

Couture. Her designs were recently

Eventually, I literally dropped in fire,â&#x20AC;?

featured in the Rochester Fashion

she said.

Week and she has completed a

ARLENE SUTHERLAND - BLACK PEARL

She went from one bad relationship

institution

that

has

been

photo shoot for Saks Fifth Avenue.

to another. Her newest boyfriend was

Arlene concluded by saying,

a drug dealer who also abused her

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that no good thing should

physically and mentally. She says she

come easy. Right now it may seem

became his prisoner. She could not

that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fighting for it, but there

go anywhere without his permission.

will come a day when you can sit

Arlene followed him on a trip to Arizona. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we came back to

back and see the fruits of your labor and say,â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yeah!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? P

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