Beauty and the Muse

Archive for July 2014

W5

(Above: My mentor and friend, Author, Taylor Polites)

I made it you guys! I officially have a graduate degree in creative writing. I never thought in a million years that this would happen. But, with the guidance of my mentor and support of my loving cohort, I did it.

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(Left to right: Deb, Me, Elisabeth, Nicky, and Nina)

So basically, I will be posting a ton of pictures of my cohort, Wilkes Alum, staff, and professors. So Enjoy.

W15Nicky is wearing a ‘Cat-Lady Chic’ ensemble.

W16Talented screenwriter, Kelly and I.

W13Chris, Danielle, Sara, and Diva Nina.

W12Rocked out with Raegan.

W11Metal.

W10We always seem to match.

W9What is Rachel looking at?

W8Joe, Rachel, and John.

W7Austin, Margaret, Elisabeth, and Kelly.

W6A fine young man, Casey and Rachel.

W4Hey look! There’s Nathan! The best at like, gosh, everything in life.

W3Michael gave me the best graduation present. So sweet 🙂

W2Joanne, Molly, Ken, and Tiff Tiff.

W1Me and Dawn. She knows everything about anything…

I just want to say that I love my cohorts, wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. We did it, and now we are at the next step. See you guys in January!

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Gosh. I just love when Madinah does my make-up. She wanted to try a soft face with a blue lip.

I2

She also wrapped my turban for me. I love the new style.

#Turbinista

I1

I wish my skin looked this smooth everyday. The struggle.

I5

Yes, it’s a photo shoot. All black everything ‘curvy style’ with polka dot leggings underneath a sheer maxi dress from

Forever 21.

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I (heart) my MUA!


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I don’t know why I’m so nervous. But, I am. You get to see the @simplybeuk ad here before it’s aired on TV right before the show X Factor tomm. Me. My face. On a whole ass commercial. I’m a bit at lost for what this all means to be apart of the #morethanourbodies campaign, but I just want to share this. I was 13. Bigger than all the other girls my age. Clothes for plus-size folks were nonexistent. On top of that, Mom was a single mother of 5. She hadn’t had the funds. I was frumpy. Some ppl had mistaken me for a boy. My confidence down the drain. Mom put my younger brother in modeling. He was half Black, half Algerian. Everyone said he’d do good modeling because of his looks. I used to watch ANTM. I knew how to smize. Knew all the moves and poses. I sat in the audience watching all the models. Watching my brother not do very well on stage. I could do that, I told myself. I wanted to ask Mom so badly to let me do it, let my try. But, after seeing the others, I noticed that none of them looked like me. That world wasn’t for me. And, if I ever wanted to be involved in fashion, then I’d have to style people thinner than me, taller, more proportionate. On set, I was the shortest girl. The biggest in size. The unsigned underdog of the group. But, I earned my spot as the first fat, Black, and very Muslim model to land a major campaign with a retailer in Europe. I’m not sure y’all understand how major this is. How I’ve never had anyone who looked like me tell me it was okay to be unapologetic. How that little Muslim girl is told no, no, no. With my body, I am telling her yes, fuck yes. And, I’m telling you yes! You are valid, your dreams valid. After you gas me 😂 answer this: who in your life gave you permission to be yourself unapologetically, and how? #ad #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #effyourbeautystandards #girlboss #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #streetstyle #feminist #fatacceptance #psootd #seventeen #turbanista #honormycurves #bodydysmorphia #instabeauty #intersectionalfeminism #fashionblogger #simplybe #eatingdisorderrecovery #editorial #hijabi

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