Beauty and the Muse

Styling: Custom Made African Pieces at La Bon Fabrics

Posted on: January 15, 2014



My friend, Madinah, asked me if I’d like to model with her for Yemisi, seamstress and owner of La Bon Fabrics in Detroit. How could I oblige?



I got my makeup done by none other than the queen of beat faces, Madinah.



Our heads were wrapped by Yemisi and Zarinah El- Amin Naeem (above), author and creator of the “Beautifully Wrapped” movement, which celebrates the vast cultural world of headwrapping. She even has a cool calender she produces every year, the proceeds go to helping children in Africa.


I felt amazing in these custom made threads. The top was giving me life!



Madinah was killing her look. So regal!


Bloopers 🙂


Yaaaaaassss hunty. Makeup. On point. Headwrap. On point.


africa9I felt like a geisha in this ensemble. The skirt was amazing.


Madinha, Zarinah, and I. If you want more information on her head wrap calenders go to


The end of the day.

The models and the creative and talented seamstress, Yemisi Olorunsola (in the black pants). For more info on any of these custom made pieces at La Bon Fabrics call (313) 341-0634 or go to 18999 Livernois Ave, Detroit Michigan.


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