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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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I was very naive about the world since I hadn’t had a conventional upbringing in the public school system. I was homeschooled, and I had no idea that girls could be so mean. I used to think ‘ALL’ girls were evil. I was a smaller fat back then but I never dressed trendy, which was always an issue. They’d talk about how weird my black nail polish was or why I wore glitter on my eyes. Big girls just wanted attention they said. When I got into the workplace, it got worse. Because I’ve always had a strong presence without even speaking, women seemed to take that as a threat. That by my mere existence I was threatening. Fast forward, I’m not even gonna go into where a lot of these folks are... It’s Ramadan and I’m not gonna spill the tea. Okurrrrrr. But, all this to say one women’s gain isn’t your loss. Someone’s self confidence isn’t an attack on you. I’m sooo glad that I got rid of individuals who side-eyed my accomplishments. Told me ‘you changed’. Or, always had something negative to say about ideas I had. Clear 👏🏾 your 👏🏾 space 👏🏾 Girls and women. Smile at your fellow girl in passing. Tell her her lippie is amazing. That her skin is flawless. That her hijab is on point. That her presentation is strong. Have you had frenemies before? Why don’t more women congratulate one another instead of taking your accomplishment as an attack? Let’s spill the teaaaaaa! Photo/MUA: @being_madinah #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #streetstyle #plusmodel #feminist #plussizemodel #fatacceptance #selflove #blackmuslimahexcellence #psootd #seventeen #californiablogger #turbanista #novababe #honormycurves #eatingdisorderrecovery #bodydysmorphia #fentybeauty #leopardprint

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