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(Fashion bloggers and the founder of Embrace The Natural You, Ginny)

Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo

Hosted By Embrace The Natural You

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University

June 7th, 2014

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Many fashionistas, naturalistas, health gurus, and creative souls came together and made this 2nd annual event a great success.

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Guests from all over the city came together to attend the style, health, and beauty workshops.

Embrace4I thought these two were just stunning in their colorful print and floral patterned dresses.

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Outfit Details: The dress and shades are from Forever21, and the floral jacket I got from Burlington Coat Factory 🙂

Thank you Ginny for inviting me. I learned a lot about health, beauty, and style. Can’t wait for the third expo!

For more info on upcoming events check out her website @  http://www.embracethenaturalyou.com/

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(One of the models in the show)

 

The 2nd annual Headwrap Expo

June 8, 2014

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Dearborn, Michigan

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(Backstage with the headwrap stylists)

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem is the chief founder of the Headwrap Expo, first debuting her show last year in Dearborn with hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures coming together for several causes: interfaith relations, the art of headwrapping, and fashion. She plans to take her expo on the road to the Big Apple, New York in November.

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“Beautifully Wrapped” models and the designer with her daughter.

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I had the pleasure of working with all the models in the fashion segments, teaching them how to walk with poise and pose for the cameras like never before. I must say, I am so very proud of all of you who ‘werked’ and ‘ripped’ the runway.

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expo5You know we had to take some selfies before my loves went on stage 🙂

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expo12Marketta and her sister, Jathiyah, really made the fashion segments run smoothly. They didn’t get any sleep trying to figure out the what-was-whats. Congrats to our fashion coordinators!

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  It was a tiring day, but I always have time to pose.

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Makeup artists, the host, models,volunteers, and the founder, Zarinah, in purple, awesome job!

For more info on upcoming shows go to: http://www.headwrapexpo.com/

 

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(One of the samurai inspired looks in the show.)

 

March 17, 2014

Samurai: Beyond the Armor Finale Fashion Show

Detroit Institute of Art

Downtown Detroit

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Ten local designers from the Metro Detroit Area were chosen to create their own individual samurai inspired looks. Weeks before the show, thousands of people voted for their favorite ensemble. And the winner was announced at the end of the show by The Detroit Garment Guild!

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Before I reveal the winner here are a few of my favorite looks in the show. I loved this reptile looking blazer with the pumpkin colored trousers.

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This dainty ballerina tip-toed down the runway with this feminine gown.

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Nope! This one didn’t win but this gown is definitely winning in my book.

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And the winner is… Janna Coumoundouros’s gown. She is a local jewelry maker and photographer, Lilacpop. I’ve seen her around butnever knew she was a designer too! By the way the crown gasped I knew that he dress was the winner.

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A model and the designer. So much work was involved in these pieces.

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The winner! Congrats Janna! (Opps. This link is broken. Click the pic to view.)

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Last but not least, my Outfit Of The Day!

My blazer was from Torrid. The Shirt from Burlington Coat Factory. The pants from Wal-Mart. The shades and scarf are from Forever 21.


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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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