Payton Maffett, like every girl, found a dress that she had to have.
The dress was at David’s Bridal and it was light pink and accented with jewels. Unfortunately, for Payton, the dress was too small and there was no other alternative size.
With the sorority’s local fashionetta event coming up in the next few days, there was no way for Payton to get the dress. Even though Payton’s grandmother made her a dazzling substitute, Payton kept her mind on the dress and the fact that she was unable to fit it.
“It was really pretty,” recalled 11-year-old Payton Maffett to a local paper, “and I wanted it.”
This incident fueled a new look on life for Payton, who was 9 at the time. Now you can find Payton at the local community center exercising every night. She also reads nutrition facts, watches what she eats, and drinks water.
“I said I didn’t want to be the fat kid,” she told her mother after the David’s Bridal incident according to local news. “I can’t wear [the dress]. I’m fat.”
Pam Green-Maffett, Payton’s mother, said she felt it was her role to make things better and she did.
Over time, Payton lost 20 pounds.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc holds programs across the country that help inspire girls and women. Fashionettas are a way for young girls of a certain age to bond, experience different activities, workshops, and programs, and ultimately show off their grace and style.
How has the fashionetta/debutante experience affected your child?