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Michigan F.A.S.H Fest: The Runway Industry Showcase

Posted on: September 16, 2013



A few months ago, I sought out some styling work in the fashion industry, and I stumbled upon Leslie Ann Philing and F.A.S.H Fest, boy was I excited to work with her and her team on this fashion show. As a “dresser” behind the scenes, we had to wear all black. I went for an edgy chic look.

Let’s break down the look: The scarf, shirt, half jacket, and pants were from Dot’s Fashion, the necklace was from Deb’s, the bracelets were given to me by a friend, the ring was from Claire’s, the studded flats are from Cato’s. Oh, and the shades are from Forever 21. You likey?


More pics of my OOTD 🙂


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My good friend and stylish MUA, Madinah, came along. (left)

I met a really cool, and chic blogger from Detroit for the second time, Liz. (right)

Fash13 Mira the designer with Chrysalis Fashions prepping before the show.

Fest6 The runway. It was truly an amazing setup.

Fest7 Run through walks.


Hair stylists at work. Look at the dedication in those faces.

Fest5 It was getting close to showtime!

Fest4 Two local models. They were cool, calm, and collected.



The models were gearing up to rip that runway. Great job ladies.



Corsets and styles by Ivy’s Custom Corsetry by Robin  Richardson.






A stylist at work. Creating art.


This forest inspired dress was mesmerizing. The best dress in the show for me.


Madinah with a fellow male model .


Jireh, an awesome photographer, Liz, a blogger, and Madinah, MUA.



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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. 
What are some common misconceptions about Muslim women that you’ve heard? What’s your take on hijabi vs non-hijabi? And anyone can chime in on this discussion ☕️
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