Beauty and the Muse

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I was amazed by the sheer skill and glamour of Siana Treece’s newest collection. It’s bold, sexy, and oh so couture. She’s styled America’s Next Top Model winner, Naima Mora, a reality TV star from the hit show Chicagolicious, and Kenya Moore from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which was worn on an aired episode on the show and featured on MediaTakeout.com.

We sat down at a local Starbucks, and I got a glimpse of the Siana Treece behind the scenes.

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Leah: Tell us about Siana before she became Siana Treece.

Siana: Well, I grew up in Detroit, and definitely a city girl. I graduated from Cass Tech and always had been into drawing. It is actually my first love. But in middle school was when I decided to go into fashion. I always loved drawing women’s bodies; the structure of their bodies is beautiful. I remember playing with tons of paper dolls, and at first I wanted to be a fashion illustrator. I still do here and there, but I always illustrate before I sew/design. I was an art major in high school and started a fashion club in senior year.

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Leah: What were some of your inspirations growing up? Now?

Siana: We had no men in our family, so growing up it was a ton of women who were very, very girly. I used to watch my mom and aunt get dressed up, and I have always been inspired to dress up because of it. Now, I get a lot of inspirations from art work, my favorite paintings.

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Leah: What are some designers you look up to? 

Siana: Roberto Cavalli and Diane von Fürstenberg. Her clothes are timeless.

Leah: How would you describe your personal style?

Siana: I love colors, textures, and flowy things. I like things to be a little risqué and silhouettes that flatter, no matter how old or what shape. But when I design, I want women to feel good. And it shows when you feel good in what you wear.  Animal prints are the best. I think I overkill animal prints in my own closet though. (Laughs)

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Leah: Tell us about some of your collections.

Siana: I like to organize my ideas before I begin with any collection. I’ve only done four since 2011. My first fashion show was at the African World Festival, where I came in second place which was really a boost for me. The next collection was called Queen of Hearts. It was regal with a lot of textures and gold trims. My third was entitled The Secret Garden, which included flowers, lots of pastels, and flowy fabrics. The recent collection is bold, sexy, kind of high fashion which consists of metallics and cutouts.

Leah: What types of shows have you done this year?

Siana: I’ve done Walk Fashion, Destiny at the Masonic Temple, Catwalk, Detroit Rocks the Runway, The Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta; I’ve done one in Chicago, Michigan Fashion week, and MI F.A.S.H Fest. Doing shows has really put me on the map. A lot of people ask how I got started, and I always tell them to do shows.  

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Leah: What are you working on now?

Siana: I will be showing my newest collection in New York for the Catwalk show the beginning of next year. I have applied to Harlem’s Fashion Row. It’s a really cool show, an official show. June Ambrose has attended past shows, and other important people like that have been there and supported. For me it’s really big.  

Leah: Leave us with some advice.

Siana: Just find what you want to do, what you really enjoy and just hone it. Everyone has a talent. Nurture it and make a way for it in your life.

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Editorial shots. Lol. I was modeling some custom made African inspired pieces.

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(Bukola Are, designer, founder of House Versatile Styles)

University of Windsor

November 30, 2013

Charity Fashion Benefit

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Caketopia was one of the tasty food vendors that attended the benefit fashion show. The cake pops were delicious.

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Before the show, the audience was serenaded by belly dancers.

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The host, Bianca Golden, from America’s Next Top Model All-Stars

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Models after the show draped in HVS wear.

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More models in HVS wear. So many patterns. Lovely.
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(Founder of Beautifully Wrapped and The Headwrap Expo & Fashion Show, Zarinah El-Amin Naeem)

Headwrap Expo & Fashion Show

November 17, 2013

Dearborn, Michigan

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(Fashionable and modest audience members before the show)

Zarinah set out to create a multicultural, interfaith expo where wrapping could be celebrated in its various forms all around the world.

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 A model ready to rip the runway.
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A group of models ‘Beautifully Wrapped”.

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Fatima is the master of head wraps!

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Huda, a MUA, beautified faces left and right.

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I got to meet the fashion blogger and international advocate, Hijablog, Imaan Ali.

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My sister, Taahira, modeled she is getting her head wrapped by Fatima.

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I must give my shoutouts to a few of the fashion team members and headwrap stylists that made this all happen: Madinah, Janeea, Laila, Huda, Taqwa, Jathiyah, Marketta, Jendayi, all the stylists, the designers, the floor models, and every volunteer. Great job you guys 🙂


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Went to Jummah (Friday prayer for Muslims) today and got a chance to meditate and pray, if only for a few minutes, I took the time out. I’ve been missing Friday prayer lately because I’m too busy doing everything else. Worried about everything else. A journalist and crew came to my apartment yesterday and interviewed me about modest fashion about my relationship with hijab. I told them straight up, I don’t have to dress modestly. I can go buy a pair of short-shorts, show my whole ass. Cuz it’s there *tongue pop* I can throw on my polka dot two-piece bikini and pop it on the gram and get three, four times more likes cuz that’s what folks wanna see all the time now. Like it or not, I could do that and still be Muslim. But my modesty, my head covering (hijab)is something that I choose to do, when it wasn’t a choice a long time ago. It was something forced upon me. That I had to do or else I didn’t love God enough as the next covered gal. It’s something that I do because it connects me spiritually and I’ve reclaimed my choice to dress the way I want. Despite other folk’s opinions on the matter. So, when you see me wrapping my crown, my hijab don’t go “dang, she must be forced to wear that” or “she must be married”. My crown, my hijab isn’t a symbol of oppression. It’s just the opposite. It’s my power that I’ve reclaimed as an individual to express myself how I see fit. So, here’s the video I promised a lot of y’all who’ve been asking for me to show you how to wrap your crown—Muslim or not. Rock what inspires you. Head over to YouTube to watch the step by step process 💁🏽‍♀️ Do you practice modesty in your dress? How do you stay modest in the summer heat? What’s some of the stereotypes you’ve heard or thought about the hijab? All bodies can chime in. Let’s chat. #newyorkblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #wamfam #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #modestfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #bodyconfidence #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #selflove #goldenconfidence #hijabfashion #beautyblogger #instavideo #musically

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