Beauty and the Muse

Hour Detroit’s: Best Dressed Fashion Show

Posted on: October 6, 2015


(Thanks for the pics JB!)


September 24, 2015

The Fillmore

Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed

Downtown Detroit


(Custom lace gown by Ann Nahari)

I heard about Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed for two years in a row and somehow never got a chance to attend. I called Somerset. I emailed and even called Hour Magazine. And no response. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be, I thought. Finally, a few days before the event, their PR firm contacted me with a press pass. I was ecstatic.


I felt like an all black dress would’ve been too blah…I wanted to make a splash at the event. I decided what better color to wear: red!

Hawt like fire.

Explosive like lava.

Spicy like peppers.


I adore this photo. It says curvy fashionista conquers the world.

By the way: hat and sunnies from Forever 21, neck piece from Burlington, and belt was from Rainbow Clothing.


Close-up. Tried new foundation from Lancome. Lipstick by Kat Von D. No, Madinah didn’t beat my face. I had to do it all by my lonesome. My wing liner is getting a little better.


Oh, Hey at Lil Miss JB Style and Colour and Grace.


Bumped into these rowdy youngins’ outside the venue.


Best Dressed Trio goes to this beaded and laced gang.


Best Dressed Male goes to this velvet suit and embellished loafer gentleman.



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Over pizza, a friend and I talked openly about hijab and sexism we’d experienced around it. 
Many people assumed that because I wear hijab it means I’m married. Hence, the idea of a woman wears hijab for a man and not herself or for God. 
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