Steve Harvey’s Twin Daughters Brandi & Karli Share Messages Of Style & Self Esteem

March 10, 2013  |  


Photo Credit: Gregg Newton

The high school girls attending Disney Dreamers Academy were in for a treat Saturday morning as they sat in for an engaging, interactive fashion lesson from Brandi and Karli Harvey. The 30 year old twin daughters of comedian and media host, Steve Harvey, these two women have managed to carve out a lane for themselves encouraging and inspiring young girls. Whether it’s through their now defunct program, Young Fit and Fly or in presentations like the one yesterday, these dynamic women know how use realness to relate to their audience. MadameNoire sat down with these two after their presentation. See what they had to say about the role fashion plays in reaching your dreams, fashion faux pas and how they learned to love themselves after being teased in high school.

You guys have it together, fashion-wise now, but what was the biggest fashion mistake you made in the past 10-15 years?

Karli: 15 years ago, I was 15 and I dressed like a boy at 15. I used wore Nautica, Polo, Tommy and I wore Timbs…

Brandi: Everyday.

Karli: I wore a size 34/34 in mens. That’s how baggy my pants were and I was a small high schooler. Everything was huge. I was into the Hip Hop phase.


What about you?

Brandi: Yes. We dressed alike until we were 15.


So what happened? What changed?

Brandi: You know what, I think what happened with us was that we just got our own style. We started to just become our own person. Karli cut her hair at 16 and then I started to wear the long, micro braids. So that became my signature, even through college. And that became Karli’s signature the short hair. And we started to just find our own way.

Karli: Now, we had style when we were little, when our mom dressed us we had style. Because she could dress us like nobody’s business. We were always impeccably dressed as kids.

Brandi: And especially going to church.

Karli: But when we got to be teenagers and had free reign, oh we looked a hot mess.

Brandi: So probably the tomboy phase, the baggy clothes was probably the worst because it was just big. But some girls probably need to go back to that and wear big clothes because half of their clothes are too tight.


So would you say that’s the biggest mistake you’ve see young girls make?

Brandi: Yeah. Too tight. Clothes that are too small…

Karli: Too small and just inappropriate. I think a lot of girls, because of the media and what they see, they believe that sex sells. And to them, sometimes even with women, they think that if I don’t have on clothes and I show a lot of clothes, then I’m Hot. But what makes you Hot is what comes from the inside. It is a confidence, you exude confidence. And I’m telling you, if a man can dream about what he can have with you. If he is not seeing everything up front, there’s going to be that mystery there. He wants to see. He wants to get to know because he’s like ‘Man, she looks so good and she has on all her clothes.” I went through, in college, I wore short dresses. I did the body dress, really short because ‘Oh we going to the club.’ But I’ve learned over the years, I’m so comfortable with who I am, I don’t need–I have bits of sex appeal. Like my pants are fitted but I have on a blousy top, a fitted jacket. We like fitted dresses but it’s just having a balance.

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    They are very unpleasant looking!!!!


    He should have kept himself in a closet with his shuckin’ and jiving minstrel show mentality as well….


    Their father is a lacefront afro wearing, shucking and jiving fruitcake….



  • LivinNATL

    Wow! None of what you folks are saying here is okay. These comments are exactly what they’re trying to arm these young sisters against. Why is it so easy for us to tear other people down?

    Karli and Brandi Harvey are two of the most genuine, beautiful, generous, stylish and confident people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. They are marvelous in their desire and effort to give back. They know they’ve been blessed and work hard to bless others. How many of us here can say we invest time in changing other people’s lives? These sisters are beautiful. And they’re doing their part (and maybe some of ours) to be an asset to the community and the world.

    Their father is rich. They could’ve chosen to ride his coattails into a whole lot of nonsense. But, I noticed a lot of people here didn’t even know he had twin daughters. You think that’s beause they don’t wind up on the Bossip and gossip pages because of foolish behavior? Don’t talk badly about these young women. They don’t deserve it. They’re good people; doing good things.

  • What The Hell Ever

    They’re only 30? They look much older. Anyway, I’m glad they’re doing something positive.

  • Boo

    They would be teaching girls about self-esteem considering they definately need it with those looks *cringes*

  • leffrot

    learn to spell before insulting someone

    • wepo1

      Learn to spell what? Black women out all the people in the world think they have the right to check people on grammar and!

      • DaisyDooks

        Anyone, regardless of race, who has mastered the European language called ‘English’ will check others on grammar and spelling. This goes beyond Black women, buddy.

        • wepo1

          Well, black women should always be the last in checking others!

          Let the lady I replied to me tell me what I spelled wrong!

          • DaisyDooks

            But…Black women aren’t last. We are—in the ENTIRE scheme of human life—FIRST!!!

            Why did you find it necessary to throw ‘Black women’ under the bus in replying to other female poster?

            • wepo1

              “We are—in the ENTIRE scheme of human life—FIRST!!!”

              That can be debated because not all “black people” are the same and the black women in America are not 100% African! So, that is like saying a mutt is a purebred!

              “Why did you find it necessary to throw ‘Black women’ under the bus in replying to other female poster?”

              From my experience black women will always talk about grammar/spelling or call someone gay whenever they have a disagreement with a man!

              I wasn’t throwing her under the bus but I was trying to say her actions were typical!

  • DaisyDooks

    Would you so kindly clarify your statement? After reading this article, what qualities did YOU find in them that warranted such labeling?

    • Sojourner’s Truth

      Thanks for pointing that out. You rock….

      • DaisyDooks

        And so do you, mama! 🙂

    • IAJS

      he’s a troll, don’t pay him no attention

      • DaisyDooks

        Trolls are not off limits to teachable moments. Most are not the sharpest tools in the shed.

        • MRFINALJUSTICE2012

          Why would you attempt to teach WEPO 1 anything when you have nothing of interest or intelligence to be gleaned from your message???

          • DaisyDooks

            And you find that Wepo1’s comments are ‘intelligent’ and ‘interesting’? And what exactly is MY message, pray tell?

    • wepo1

      U G LY! Their faces!

      • DaisyDooks

        What dictionary do you use that lists ‘ugly’ as a synonym to ‘whor3’?

        • wepo1

          Black woman, u g l y is a synonym for unpleasant!

          • For someone who doesn’t like black women you should find another site to troll on!

            • wepo1

              I never said that! I love black women!

              • MRFINALJUSTICE2012

                As do I, but I refuse to tell any unattractive women (ESPECIALLY STEVE HARVEY’S UNATTRACTIVE DAUGHTERS) that they are beautiful to spare their feelings….That is the problem with a lot of BLACK WOMEN nowadays….They claim that they are strong, yet they can’t EVER handle the truth……..

          • DaisyDooks

            Ok, but what does that have to do with the definition of ‘whor3’? I’m not seeing the connection like you. Please clarify.

            • wepo1

              I’m just joking and you should know that by now!
              I don’t know why you think I’m white!

            • DaisyDooks

              Did you read the article? My inquiries to WEPO1 were based on the article. WEPO1 hadn’t indicated that he was joking initially—which tells me something about his integrity. What ‘pity party’ are you talking about? How did I disparage you? The exchange between Wepo1 and myself had nothing to do with you. I don’t care if you disagree with me. That’s your prerogative.

          • MRFINALJUSTICE2012

            Quite true……


      Ummmmm,,,,,The fact that they are extremely unattractive may have something to do with it……