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(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.

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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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Here’s my before and after photo. I thought I’d add my own personal one to the mix. Mine may not seem to fit the usual before/after photos that you’re used to on the net. The ones labeled “transformation” “body goals” or “fitspiration”. Mine goes from smaller to bigger. Less weight to more weight. Eating Disorders to recovering from Eating Disorders. The first photo wasn’t even taken at my lowest weight. When I’d gotten down to 146 by the worst kind of ways possible, I hadn’t taken photos. To me, if I wasn’t 130 pounds then I was a slob who hadn’t deserved to be seen. I found this photo last night. Tears welled. It reminded me of my toxic past. I was 18 years old and in college. A closed mouth smile because I hated my teeth. I thought my stomach was the biggest, so I sucked it in, as tightly as I could. My hands are covering my wide hip. I read somewhere that posing like this slimmed the hips in photos. I gravitated towards dark jeans and black pants. Again. It was slimming. I wouldn’t be caught dead in the outfit on the right. Cellulite in public! *Gasps* What would other people think? Thirteen years later and over a hundred pounds more. I’m wearing things that magazines told me not to. I’m skipping body shapers. I’m not always sucking it in. I am nourishing my body. I’m being good to my body. I’m no longer asking, “what will other people think”. What’s some interesting (or downright ridiculous) advice that you were given or read about dressing for your body type? When you dress do you find yourself asking, “what will other people think?” Any body type is welcome to answer. Let’s chat. #eatingdisorderrecovery #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bodydysmorphia #fitnessmotivation #effyourbeautystandards #beforeandafterweightloss #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #londonblogger #psfashion #detroit #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #plusmodel #feminist #turbanista #ootd #plussizemodel #fatfitness #honormycurves #fitness #psootd #bodygoals #selflove #fatacceptance #fitnessmotivation #afrogirlfitness

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