LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — From t-shirts to hats to accessories, Kumei Norwood is a trailblazer of her generation. The 13-year-old opened her clothing store, Tofu Tees, in downtown Fergusons when she was 8 years old.
“Me and my mum found it written in a notebook five years ago, and we were like, ‘That’s really funny. We should put it on a t-shirt,” Kumei recalls.
The custom t-shirt sparked interest and she began selling her art. However, Kumei says she is more than just a pioneer. When the pandemic hit, she saw the world in a different light.
“A lot of social things were happening back then, and my parents always told me about this information and it really touched me,” Kumei said.
The police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd drove her to activism. She transformed Tofu Tees into a beacon of social change.
“That’s really how I get my point across because sometimes I can’t really say the right things to explain what I mean,” Kumei said.
In July, Kumei raised awareness about food insecurity. She held a food drive to collect canned goods and cookbooks and donated them to a local food bank, while raising funds through sales of Tofu Tees.
“I do drawings in stickers and pens and stuff,” Kumei said. “Then I take some of the profits and donate them to organizations.”
Findlay Automotive Group recognizes Kumei and his service as a Vegas Stronger Champion.