I love to see abused or formerly abused and/or mistreated women pick themselves back up, brush themselves off, and move forward with their lives. Such is the case with Gizelle Bryant, estranged wife of Jamal Bryant (pastor of Empowerment Temple AME in Baltimore).
I have reported on Jamal in the past but here is a summary.
a. Jamal is the son of Bishop John Bryant and comes from a family of preachers and bishops.
b. With a history of rebellion [not doing what he was supposed to do in school], Jamal had flunked out of high school, but went on to earn his GED. To his credit [and possibly his father’s connections] he was accepted into Morehouse College and was doing well. At one point he headed the youth division of the NAACP at the national level and became a minister.
c. He started Empowerment Temple and along the way married Gizelle.
Long story short, there was alleged adultery in that marriage and he has been accused of creating a child outside of wedlock via that adultery. GO HERE to read articles I’ve written in the past on this topic.
In 2008 Gizelle filed for a divorce but changed her mind. As of 2009, the divorce is on again because she re-filed. In her original filing she mentioned that she had been physically abused. That has not been proven in a court so I want to make that clear.
Regardless of the circumstances, this woman has been through some things with Jamal Bryant. But there is great news. She has moved on.
SLIMINIZER, the new shapewear line available in 10 different skintones and at affordable prices, launches on-line this Friday, June 19th. Veteran shapewear and lingerie designer to the stars Kate Liegey and SLIMINIZER co-creator Gizelle Bryant believe their slimming, yet affordable line of shapewear will resonate among all women. “I spent years designing apparel for stars and now I’m thrilled to be making it accessible to everyday women,” says Liegey. “We’re really proud of SLIMINIZER because it combines the comfort of lingerie with the sleekness of shapewear at affordable prices.”
SLIMINIZER shapewear co-creator Gizelle Bryant, who together with Liegey created the color match system giving women 10 skintones to choose from, believes women of all ethnicities will celebrate and embrace this new line. Bryant believes, “Sliminizer is a product for every woman who wants to look and feel her best.”
In today’s tough economic climate, the creation of SLIMINIZER is a story of perseverance and reinvention. After a highly successful career spanning two decades as an intimate apparel and shapewear designer for leading apparel companies including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Bali – Liegey, who has also designed apparel lines for pop star Jessica Simpson, and Tyra, struck out on her own committed to creating a new shapewear line to meet the needs of today’s woman.
Liegey began an immeasurably challenging year of product development which finally paid off leading to the production of the SLIMINIZER shapewear line in China! It was a chance meeting at a popular New York eatery that brought Liegey together with Bryant in the ladies room where the two met while commiserating about the downside of shapewear – how hot it makes you feel, how it hikes up on your thighs, and how limited the color choices are. That conversation led to their current partnership on SLIMINIZER shapewear and to the innovative creation of the color match system which provides women with 10 skintone choices.
The shapewear line has already been embraced by O Magazine in this month’s “Adam Says” column where SLIMINIZER is featured as a must-have for women wanting a smooth and sophisticated look. Also on Oprah.com this month, SLIMINIZER is featured again in another of Adam Glassman’s summer fashion columns.
Good for Gizelle! I love to see women pull it together and succeed in spite of circumstances and negativity.
The shapewear can be found HERE