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(Fan pic at Chanel’s Pop-Up Exhibit: Boyfriend Watch Launch)

 

Leah V. Daily Crashes NYFW

New York City

NYFW Headquarters

September 13, 2015

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(Wilhelmina Model: Weston Serame @westonserame wearing the crown.)

 

As you all know, my blogger friends and I planned on doing a series on what we would wear to NYFW if we had a chance to go. Of course, I’d wear my tutu! I was on Instagram the next day and saw all my buddies at NYFW: posting selfies, street style, and clips from high-profile shows. At that very moment, I decided that I was actually going to fly to NY for the day and crash the Rachel Zoe show.

Here’s what happened…

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(NYFW isn’t NYFW without the street style photograpers.)

 

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(Fan pics with the crown and Coca-Cola)

I took the subway to Washington St. I then got lost. I hailed a cab. Got changed in the back of said cab. He dropped me off on the side of the building. I hopped out. Laid my tutu down. Threw on my crown and strutted into a barrage of hungry street photographers. They didn’t know my name, but they snapped. And snapped. And I posed and blew kisses. I even twirled. My time in the limelight was over once a ‘real’ celeb by. I was ok with that. I got my three seconds of fame. Ha.

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(Fan pics: Nikki Minaj face. lol)

I got in line to the Rachel Zoe show as if I had an invite. I stood patiently, more pics were taken of me. Fashionistas stood beside me, in front of me, and in back. The doors opened. People began taking their invites out. I gulped. When it was my turn to go up. I explained to the chic gate-keepers dressed in all black. I told them I was a blogger from Detroit. I flew in just on the belief that I would get into the Rachel Zoe show.

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(Dude’s face in the back: priceless)

The girls in black looked at me like I was crazy for wasting their precious time and politely said no. No ticket. No entry. I nodded and took the walk of shame out the opening. I fluffed my tutu and hailed a cab to NYFW Headquarters. I wouldn’t be defeated.

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I stopped by Chanel’s Meet My Boyfriend (the watch’s name) Exhibit. And received all the fan love after I was just denied access to Rachel Zoe’s show. I felt better already.

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(They offered me a customized Coca-Cola.)

 

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(They even let me try on a very expensive, fancy, schmancy watch encrusted with diamonds.)

 

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(A student photographer from Europe.)

After I left Chanel, I went across the street to NYFW Headquarters. Some of the people were a little snooty, but then I met this cool student and her friend (who took the pic).

 

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(Chloe Schnell, designer)

I asked Chloe if I could capture her style, and then we started talking. She’s an indie designer living in NYC.

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(Model: Maureen from Amsterdam. Her hair compliments my ensemble.)

 

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(I got to see my good friend, Kait. Style is definitely on Mars.)

So that is half of my story of how I crashed (or tried to crash) NYFW in my tutu and crown!

The 2nd part of my journey will be posted soon.

The story doesn’t stop here…

 

🙂

 

 

 

 

20150530_231032(I love this silhouette.)

Walk Fashion Show

Garden Theater

Detroit, MI

May 30, 2015

20150531_000622My ensemble for the Walk Fashion Show. Cape jacket courtesy of Ashley Stewart.

20150530_204645Basically, I am posting my “Top Seven Looks” from the show.

This gown was made out of coffee filters!

20150530_204404A bubble wrap mini in neon green.

20150530_211910Superhero swag anyone?

20150530_223847Sheer outer-space. Love the shoulder detail. 20150530_230536I thought this was simple and chic.

20150530_230612Floral is all this season. And the pop of color on this really brings it all together.

20150530_204137Wildcard! His teeny trunks are made out of rice krispy treat packages.

20150531_002534Dark pic Alert. Radio personality, Stewe and I after the show. Head gear was on fleek!

20150531_000825One of the designers, Lena.

20150531_000857And my fashion squad.

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Naturally Flly Detroit “We Rock Dope Hair”

The Artist Village

Detroit, MI

5/16/15

 

20150516_192255(Etta Flyy, Raina B., Myself, and Quiet Flyy)

I met Etta and Jennifer last year at a natural hair event at WSU. They were really tall and boisterous. Not to mention their hair was super dope. I met them again at the restaurant they own, Sweet Potato Sensations, in Redford. Months went by…

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One day, Etta asked me if I’d be interested in doing a “headwrapping” session at their event. Hellz yeah! I replied. When and Where?

20150516_151332(One of my turban tutorial models)

 

When I tell you these ladies showed out…they showed out! Many of the women packed into the room, wanting to know everything about turbans and how to tie them.

 

20150516_161422Another happy turban model

20150516_180047(My view of the audience!)

So not only was I able to teach the ladies about turbans, but I also got to speak on the style and fashion panel.

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My friends came out to support 🙂

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And we got to meet Mia Ray, fashion & lifestyle blogger

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Raina B. sat next to me on the panel. A positive force, indeed.

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Ebony, Trish’s Garage, was also on the panel.

Thanks so much for having me Naturally Flyy Detroit!!!

 


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Seeing all these photos (swipe) overwhelm me in a beautiful way. These were taken by family, fans, and supporters from @target stores all over the U.S. This was my face when my sis spotted me in store yesterday with her coworkers. “Your sister is famous!” They gushed. She said she had to stop herself from crying because to see her sister be the first fat, Black Muslim model to be advertised in thousands of stores is a huge feat. I auditioned for Target last summer. I was scared shitless. Shocked that they even gave me a chance to step foot in the studio. On that first audition, I knew I didn’t do well. I left defeated. They didn’t hire me. I went on a second audition. This time ready. I aced it! Again, they passed. I was angry that I probably wouldn’t ever get it because maybe they weren’t ready for a Black Muslim. Yet... The third time, I got it. I got it. Me. So many times I’ve wanted to quit this. So many times people have told me to stop. That I could never. Would never. No one believed me when I told them that I was gonna be somebody one day. I’ve had people, close people try to shatter me. Defile my character. Make me feel bad for striving to be better. I’ve been called fake. A drama queen. Oh, she think she better than us. She’s too much. No one will ever accept her as is. I wanna be petty. I really do to the folks who hurt my feelings. But, I didn’t get here by sweating the little stuff. I got here because I move forward despite my mistakes and failures. I’m in your local Target store because I work damn hard with very little. I’m basking in my win today (even though I’m sick again 😭). Have you seen me in Target? What’s something you’ve accomplished when no one else believed you could? Bonus: how do you keep yourself from being petty? I need answers! Let’s chat. #newyorkblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #bodyconfidence #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #selflove #goldenconfidence #unashamedleahv #beautyblogger #targetstyle

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