Mary J. Blige and long time friend, French designer, Catherine Malandrino, have partnered to create a t-shirt collection line called “FFAWN and Catherine Malandrino.” “FFAWN” stands for Foundation for the Achievement of Women Now. It’s an organization which Mary J. Blige started in 2008 to help women develop careers, gain self-confidence and skills they need to reach their individual potential.
The Tunic style shirts will be hand painted with messages, such as “I Am Power” and “I Am Free.” Talking about their collaboration, Blige was quoted as saying, “Catherine has been a dear friend of mine for years and after she learned about FFAWN, she offered to create a collection that would celebrate being women, being strong and being free.” The t-shirts will be available at high-end stores, including Catherine Malandrino’s boutiques. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to FFAWN.
Mary. J Blige first appeared on the music scene back in 1992, with her debut album, “What’s the 411.” She established herself as the ‘Queen of Hip Hop Soul.’ The singer has since won nine Grammy awards, performed with many talented artists and acted in several movies. Recently, Blige performed in the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon. Her current album, “Stronger with Each Tear,” released on December 21, 2009, debuted on top of the U.S. charts.
The t-shirts will be available next week.
Written by Roberte Varasse