Beauty and the Muse

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I wasn’t quite sure where I was going, but I was determined to wear my tutu shirt that my bestie, Cassy M., gave me.

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I was feeling myself 🙂

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The Tutu shirt is made by Krafty.

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A selfie was in order. The lipstick is called Graylite by RK Kiss in matte. I also used a bright gray liner.

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This is my Kanye face.

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(Photos: Brian Menz Photography)

LV: What was style for you growing up?

DM:  I was a tomboy. I built things and worked on houses with my dad and lived on a farm. I was very athletic; I loved natured and went hiking. So there was no need for fashion. I kind of stumbled into myself and fashion when I turned 18.   LV: How’d you end up modeling? DM: When I was 18, a co-worker of mine encouraged me to model. That’s when I really started getting into fashion. It was a hobby at first. Then I went to Australia and got hurt rescuing someone who was drowning. So I came back to Michigan and went full force and it became my career.

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(Photo: JRosa Photography)

LV:  What are some of the obstacles you’ve faced in the industry? How did you overcome them?

DM: I have a body that is sexy, but I love working on high fashion, edgy projects. People always wanted me to do lingerie when I wanted to do editorial. It was hard to break out of that and to get people to see me in another way. The other obstacle I faced was that they considered me plus-size even when I was a size 6. I really got picked on; photographers would say they wouldn’t work with me because I was plus-size or too fat. I’ve worked with hundreds of photographers and a lot of them were rude. I lost 50 pounds just to try and fit the mold. I got down to 90 pounds. I was disgustingly skinny. I got to a point where I was like “this is me, I like to eat, and I’m not going through this just so someone can accept me”.

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(Photo: Summerfrost Photography)

LV: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

DM: If I was to do it again, I wouldn’t change anything. I wouldn’t let people get to me, but it’s a learning experience. I have a strong backbone now. You have to be able to face rejection and keep your head up. I have body confidence that I didn’t have before because of modeling. I’ve grown and met different people throughout my career. I realized that there is only one me and that I should enjoy myself.

LV: Advice for aspiring models.

DM: I always tell people to really think hard before you do it. Not to be harsh, but take a look at yourself and ask yourself if you can really model. Just having a pretty face isn’t enough. You need to be mentally strong, have confidence, and work your butt off. It’s not just a pretty picture on Facebook. You have to be direct. You’re just a glorified clothes hanger, so if you’re willing to sacrifice then make it happen, and follow through. 543808_10151511129877606_248160087_n

(Photo: Leza Foto)

 

LV: Describe your fashion as of now…

DM: Leather jackets and boots, rocker chic. Black leggings and a white t-shirt. I wear minimal makeup when I’m not working.

LV: What if you had unlimited money, what would your dream outfit look like?

DM: A fitted dress, lace with see through panels, neon yellow or green, and some sparkly heels. I love rhinestones. Give me some bling. 58266_10151177682207606_310850684_n

(Photo: JRosa Photography)

LV: How do you feel about body image in the media?

DM: The girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazine. When you look at them, know that no one looks like that. Don’t take it seriously. Models are photoshopped. Embrace what you have and work it. Everyone else is already taken, work with what you’ve got.

LV: Leave us with a quote…

DM: “Stop looking at girls on social media and thinking that their lives are perfect. We all struggle, we all cry, and we all use filters.


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Here to brighten up your Sunday timeline with lewks and a story 🙋🏾‍♀️ On Friday, I was about ready to run away from it all. Emails. Folks messaging me with nonsense. Having to deal with book tour stuff. I was irritable and didn’t want people talking to or looking at me. I took a good ole depression nap and woke up with such a bad headache. “I’m leaving!” I told myself. I started looking up rental cars to go somewhere, anywhere. But no rentals were available. I slammed the laptop, wondering how the hell I was going to get away with no whip. The next day, I told myself that I wasn’t going to do any work or social media for 24 hours (we gonna start small. It’s hard 🤷🏽‍♀️). And that all of the work can wait. I asked me, “what would you like to do today?” I took an almost 2-hour train ride by myself to Coney Island and with my rolling luggage, I created editorial images in the amusement park, I ate chicken fingers and fried Oreos, I got my fat ass on not one but three scary rides (I’ll make a post later about how to navigate amusement parks as a fat person). One was a rollercoaster, bitch, that almost took my hijab straight off 😂 I took my shoes off and walked on the beach. I watched the sunset. I found a random party on the boardwalk, parked my luggage, and danced with strangers. I’m proud of myself because I get anxious going places I’ve never been alone. But I did it anyway. I had fun. I was spontaneous. I went on an adventure. And was my own company. Have you ever felt the need to just “run away”? What do you do when you are just overstimulated and overwhelmed? What solo adventures have you embarked on? Let’s chat. P.S. Can’t wait to show y’all these fire pics! #newyorkblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #bodyconfidence #plusmodel #feminist #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #selflove #goldenconfidence #wamfam #editorial #hijabi #beautyblogger #covergirl #monochromatic

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