Beauty and the Muse

The Headwrap Expo Explosion

Posted on: June 21, 2014



(One of the models in the show)


The 2nd annual Headwrap Expo

June 8, 2014

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Dearborn, Michigan


(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.


“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.

expo3Look at all of these colors and textures!

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

expo6expo7expo8One of the fab make-up artists who made magic behind the scenes.

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!


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


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

For more info on upcoming shows go to:



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