Beauty and the Muse

House of Versatile Styles

Posted on: December 18, 2013



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

University of Windsor

November 30, 2013

Charity Fashion Benefit



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


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

windsor9windsor8Windsor10Just a few of the amazing looks from Are’s spring/summer collection.


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



Models after the show draped in HVS wear.




More models in HVS wear. So many patterns. Lovely.


windsor2Fashionable audience members giving the camera love.

windsor1MaadMoiselle came all the way from New York and killed her performance. windsor13Ohhhh killem! I enjoyed the show. Thanks for the invite Bukola.




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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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