Beauty and the Muse

Archive for November 2013

BeforeThis will be the first and last time you see my face naked like this!

Before1My friend, Madinah, the MUA wanted to practice her skills. So, I played the mannequin. She starts out by shaping, contouring, and shading the eyebrows.

Before2She blends the colors on my eye lids, then adds some false lashes for glamour and drama.

Before4The concealer and foundation process begin. I look like Simba from the Lion King 🙂

Before7The finished process. She finished the look with an ombre lip. A queen in the making.

Before6Before5

Model Behavior. I love makeup.

Before8I am wearing a dress I got from Dot’s a few years ago, and the blazer is from Torrid. The makeup was done and turban wrapped by Madinah.

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(Above: Carlotta Tutt Holloway of the She Is… Project)

October 26, 2013

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Detroit, MI

I was invited to this expo by Carlotta the founder of the She Is Project and True Root Marketing. It was a day filled with panel discussions by PR and marketing women, fashion bloggers, and business minded people. The room was full of photographers, retail booths, and local bloggers all coming together for one purpose: empowerment.

Sheis2Cydara, R&B singer.
Sheis5 Mercedesz and her friend and I 🙂

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My OOTD. I went with a rocker chic look. Army fatigue swag.

Sheis3One of the panel members, and she is a fashion blogger. Her OOTD slays!

Sheis8Pictures of fabulous audience members. Sheis10  The owners of Thrifty Broads and audience members.

Sheis7The panel members after the panel discussion.

Sheis9Carlotta and her niece, Annastasia.


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Because I model, sometimes I feel as if I just shouldn’t have low self esteem. Because I’m a body-positive activist, I feel I have a duty to be “on”. To be okay with my body all the time publicly. To not deal with body dysmorphia because I take photos that others see as “perfect”. I have so many girls and women inbox me about how much my photos give them life. Give them courage. Allow them to go out and take up space. I do not want to let them down. Ya know? Sometimes, I feel like social media is like an overly perfect Tinder profile. We all are trying to create the perfect narrative. I get it. I shot this outfit last week. These were the only black jeans I had. And the only pair that matched. I was able to wear them comfortably last year. This time around I was busting out of them. When you can’t fit something that you used to fit or try on your size at the store and it doesn’t or no longer fits, it’s like the world is coming down. I spazzed out. I am huge. I am big. I am huge-r than the hugest person. Why can’t I fit into them? Why do you insist on eating a bag of chips every night? Why can’t you just drink water instead of juice? Empty calories! I wanted to throw the whole outfit away, but my job dictates that I take photos and show off clothes. So, I took the photo. Do you feel the need to uphold a certain standard in life, on social media? And, was there a time where you spazzed out when something hadn’t fit the way you wanted it to? How’d you manage? All bodies can chime in. Photo: @being_madinah Jacket: @fashionnovacurve #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #highfashion #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #novababe #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #90sfashion #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #hijabi #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #teenvogue #selflove #streetstyle #summerstyle #goldenconfidence

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