Beauty and the Muse

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 IMG_9263(Photographer: Barakah Photography, MUA: Madinah, and Stylist: Leah V.)

 

 

Note: I’ve changed blog sites! Check out my new one: www.beautyandthemuse.net

 

Leah V., Wardrobe Stylist, Freelance Writer, and Fashion Blogger.

I’m and African-American Muslim living in the D (Detroit). I have many roles, some of which include wardrobe styling, fashion curating, and creative writing. I style all sizes, plus or straight, demure or bizarre.

I have a B.S. in business, an M.A. in creative fiction, and an M.F.A. in publishing. I’m currently working on an interracial young adult novel set in the future. I blog about anything: fashion, how-to, non-fiction, culture, diversity, and body acceptance. The list goes on.

If you have any questions, would like an interview, would like to book me to style your next photo-shoot, ad, or show email me @ Lvernon20@yahoo.com and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @ Lvernon2000

Features/Interviews:
• GorgeousInGrey.com
• Detroit Free Press
• Ultimate Style Expo
• NatashaToffa.com
• DailyVenusDiva.com
• StylishCurves
• TurbanistaParis
• Turbinista.com
• NaturallyFlyy
• Embrace The Natural You
• CurvyNStyle
• Bbbgirls4Ever
• Fire91 New York Radio
• HourDetroit
Curated Photo-shoots:
• Modern Mod
• Ragin’ Turbans
• “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
• Color Explosion
• + DARK
Fashion Shows:
• Walk Fashion Show
• Pam Shainhouse, Designer and founder of Allistyles
• Curves Rock Weekend and Fashion Show
• F.A.S.H Fest, Leslie Ann-Philing
• Michigan Fashion Week
• Mark England’s “Fashion Fights Cancer” Fashion Show
• The Runway Boutique’s Tryst
• The International Headwrap Expo and Fashion Show (Stylist/Model Coordinator)

Coming Soon…
Detroit Design Festival (DDF) “Future Totem” Fashion/Architecture

Blogger Photoshoot “Women Empowerment”

*New* YouTube Vlog Launch

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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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