Hi, everyone! My name is Marisa Conners and I am a fashionista, designer, entrepreneur, and digital artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. I launched my namesake fashion brand in April 2021 — fashion is my life. I’m embarking on my unforgettable and ambitious journey to become a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and disability rights self-advocate.

Shortly after my premature birth, I suffered from a traumatic stroke as a result of cerebral palsy. I was in NICU for 17 days. It was a tough but beautiful time. I was officially diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy when I was 2.5 years old.

My cerebral palsy leaves me nonverbal. However, I communicate through the use of iPad and alphabetical chart. I can walk with assistance and stand independently. I use a wheelchair for long distances. Having cerebral palsy will never stop me from doing what I love and pursuing my dreams.

I’ve always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and entrepreneur since I was a kindergartner because I used to play fashion games on the computer. Therefore, I discovered that I have a passion for designing unique fashion and creating art. I’ve been a tech wizard since I was only three years old, so my dad taught me how to use technology that renders my master technological and computer skills. I’m also a highly skilled visual learner and thinker and I have a photographic memory. Those abilities are extraordinary gifts, unlike any other.

In my spare time, I love shopping, exercising, traveling, Disney, and hangout with my friends.

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