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Curves Rock Weekend

Posted on: August 3, 2013

Curves Rock Weekend

Baltimore, MD




I was supposed to be in Baltimore on Friday night. I was delayed at the airport for nine hours due to weather and flew in at 1:30am on Saturday. I woke up at 8:00am and got ready to help at Curves Rock Weekend Fashion Show.

I had a game plan. Lack of sleep wasn’t going to stop me.


Faces beat before the show. Pose.


Hair done before the show. Look at the dedication in her face.


I was on my way to the Curves Rock Discussion Panel and bumped into this beauty, Jade of K Station Boutique in Baltimore, MD. She tells me she has this dress in stock as well.



The panel members. (Left) Ashley Stewart models Anita Marshal and Nicole Zepeda. (Right) Jade and model, Samantha Lebbie.


The panel discussion was about confidence, self-esteem, breaking into the industry, and much more.


The entire panel. Great, great talk. And much advice given. (Left to right) Bella Styles, Tionna Smalls, Nina Taylor, Anita Marshall, Nicole Zepeda, and Jade


(Left) Two powerhouses. Bella Styles, fashion stylist and blogger. (Right) Nina Taylor, model and businesswoman.


Pre-Show. The VIP seats and a sweet stage.



(Left) Tionna Smalls author and host of MTV’s show Girl, Get Your Mind Right slayed the competition.

(Right) Nicole and I. She killed me in this dress. Love the print.


The Torrid models.


They are going to kill me for this one. At least Jessica was ready 🙂



We had vibrant colors.




We had sex kittens.


Swimsuits and legs for days.



Some of the Fall looks. I am ready for fall because of these outfits. Chic and comfy.


The queen has arrived. This design was from Shanda Freeman. One of her many awesome designs.


Shanda’s entire line. Hey, there is Shanda in the middle. Magnificent.


I got to see behind the scenes and in front of the scenes.


(Left) Got a pic with the host and top model, Liris Crosse. She is a tall drink of cool water.

(Right) Author of My Fat Is Not A Flaw, TroJah Irby-Morgan. I finally got to meet her.


Nicole and I after the show. She showed me some dance moves 🙂



Super woman pose. The glasses I got from Simply Fashions. The pink and white scarf and the red blouse came from Forever 21. The yellow blazer comes from Torrid. The pants I got from Rainbow. The sandals are from Pay-Less. The bracelets are from Debs. Pow!



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Over pizza, a friend and I talked openly about hijab and sexism we’d experienced around it. 
Many people assumed that because I wear hijab it means I’m married. Hence, the idea of a woman wears hijab for a man and not herself or for God. 
She shared a story about going to a club with her hijab and being told that she shouldn’t be there by random Muslim men because she was hijabi. She bluntly replied, “Neither you or I should be in the club as Muslims.” Her story triggered me because I too had been through the same scenario. In addition to that I remember when my ex used to constantly tell me that I didn’t love God enough or I wasn’t Muslim because I doubted wearing hijab. But the chick he ended up going out with, during our marriage, was a non-hijabi 🤔 
My friend said something that resonated with me. “If it’s so easy to wear hijab, then why don’t men do it? They won’t. Because it makes them visible.” Being visibly Muslim, for some of us, isn’t easy. To wear or continue to wear hijab isn’t always easy. So, why are we so harsh on non-hijabis? 
When I went to California this summer, I decided that I was going to wear a bathing suit and ditch my hijab. For so long, I always wondered what it’d be like. Although, I felt guilty for showing my body as a Muslim I also felt empowered because I had the choice. And that I was very much so still Muslim whether I was covered or not. 
As a Muslim woman, I applaud you for wearing hijab, but I also understand if you aren’t there yet. Not all Muslims come in one size fits all. 
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