Beauty and the Muse

Posts Tagged ‘African-American Model

20150517_142513(MUA: Madinah M.)

The Headwrap Expo

Dearborn, MI

May 17th, 2015

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

20150517_142241So let’s talk about my beat face for a sec. This green dramatic cut-crease was everything. Thanks Madinah 🙂

20150517_180228Jannah (in the middle) was the fashion and event coordinator for the expo. She invited me to speak about my personal style, catching good deals, and how to walk in any room and own it!

My lil sis, also named Jannah, came out to support. Like our ugly fake laughs? Ha.

20150517_153740My fashionable friend, Cassy, also came out to support! Love her dress.

20150517_175537Model, Aliyah, rocking a custom made dress and turban.

20150517_162232Mama and baby turbans 🙂

20150517_165648My hubby came and showed out of course. Man Style!

20150517_172656Oh, look, there’s Etta and Jennifer from Naturally Flyy Detroit.

20150517_164428End of the day photo shoots after the show.

SWAG…

Advertisements

IMG_1953

(Photo: Timothy Paule)

LV: What were your fashion inspirations growing up?

AH: I found fashion inspirations everywhere. I adopted a kind of tomboy-ish look as well as preppy. I always seemed to notice when people wore unique outfits and often used that as creative inspiration.

LV: Describe your style identity as an adolescent?

AH: I was very big on loose fitting t-shirts and skinny colored jeans and sneakers. I grew up in Detroit as well as Texas, so my dress had to vary due to the differences in temperature. As I got older, I had more time to shop and customize my wardrobe so that my style would differ daily.

cd1(Photo: Jennifer Alder)

LV: When did you decide that you wanted to be involved in modeling?

AH: I’ve always wanted to try modeling but I was in high-school sports and academics so it took up a lot of my time. It also didn’t help that I was very shy. Once I obtained my bachelor’s degree, I had a lot more time and started auditioning for shows. I fell in love with it immediately!

LV: What magazines, campaigns, organizations, and/or media have you been featured in?

AH: I have been featured in Ambassador Magazine, Women’s Elevation Magazine, Hour Magazine, and Xpressions magazine to name a few.

LV: What types of setbacks or obstacles have you faced as a woman in the fashion industry?

AH: An obstacle I routinely face is size discrimination. The industry wants you to be really small. I attended a casting for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to walk for Project Runway, but after I walked someone measured my hips and said they were “too big”. I looked around and noticed that a lot of the girls were a size 0 or at the biggest a 2. I am small but not that small. I fit a dress size 2 and my hips are a 35 but the lady who measured me said I was a 38 hip. Each obstacle or struggle has made me stronger, eager, and even more appreciative of the work I do book and the people I work with.

IMG_4107

(Photo: Bre’Ann photography)

LV: What are some of the projects you are working on currently?

AH: I have a casting this weekend with BET. A few weeks from now. I have a casting in Georgia for a runway show. I also have two fashion shows and a photoshoot coming up at the end of May. Next week, I have an audition with an agency that I am excited about as well.

LV: Define beauty and confidence…

AM: Beauty is a way of being. It’s an attitude. I think beauty has more to do with the way you carry yourself, your personality, and how you conduct yourself. Physically you may be beautiful, but for others that may not be the case. Confidence is believing in your abilities, knowing your strengths, embracing your weaknesses and flaws, but loving them all equally.

2014-7-12-Ashley02(Photo: Von Kou Photography)

LV: What advice would you give other women who are in your position or want to get to your position?

AH: My advice would be to stay true to yourself. Also find those in your corner that really care about you and help elevate you.

LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

AH: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
–Helen Keller

Follow Ashley on Facebook: Ashley Monique or on Instagram: Ashleymonique88


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 896 other followers

Follow Me On Instagram

“Your arms are showing? I thought you were Muslim. Lol. I’m so confused.” Welp. You’ll stay confused and then blocked. I’m angsty today because well it has been a throw-the-whole-day-in-the-trash kinda day. But, I have time in between anxiety to address confusion. Yes. I put my life on the net for all to critique. That’s cool. Do I wish I could go back to anonymity? Sometimes. Unfortunately folks think that since I’m behind the screen they can assume who I am through only a part of what I share. That’s not fair. Internet people are real people in real life. I share snippets of my life because it helps me cope. Secondly, because it helps other ppl cope. To share things they’ve never shared before or just get it off their chest or feel a little less alone in world. Honestly, I’m not arguing with or appeasing anyone about how I choose to live as a Muslim. I’m past that part of my life where I had to constantly defend my Muslim-ness. What I choose to say. Wear or not. Is between my creator and I. I don’t want unsolicited advice on what I should be doing. I’m sorry but the sleeves or lack of sleeves on a shirt isn’t enough to question my faith. Anyone’s faith! If you’d like to follow a sleeve wearing Hijabi then feel free. Lastly, 👏🏾I’m 👏🏾not👏🏾the👏🏾poster👏🏾child👏🏾for👏🏾all👏🏾muslim👏🏾women. Stop putting me on a pedestal. I’m struggling like the next person. Shit, I’m constantly questioning who I am. I don’t have all the answers. All I can do is try and live my best life. *Adjusts hijab* *Tongue pop* Has anyone ever shoved their beliefs or culture down your throat? How do you handle it? And, do you feel the need to be a poster child for your group? Any race and religion can answer. Let’s chat. Photo: @olivia.lennn Fit: @lovedrobe @topsycurvy #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #highfashion #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #hijabi #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #naturalhair #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #teamtopsy #highfashion #summerstyle #selflove #seventeen #lovedrobeloves

Blog Stats

  • 46,854 hits

FashDet

Advertisements