Beauty and the Muse

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(Photos Courtesy of Worldiction) 

Mel: My name is Melissa, aka MafiaMel, and I am a film maker, journalist and actor living in Michigan. For fun, I like to travel, hike, read and take photographs.

Detroit Does NYFW Series

Eastern Market

Mafia Mel

Sept. 14th, 2015

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Q: Inspiration behind the look?

 

Mel: Spain! The Spanish style is very simple but bold and dynamic. I wanted to work with that.

Q: How would you define your style?

 

Mel: Punk kid has fun. I really look at my style as revolving and boundless, there isn’t anything that can’t be made mine.

Q: Who are your style icons?

 

Mel:Isabella Blow, Gia Carangi, Angelina Jolie and Mae West

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Q: Where do you like to shop?

 

Mel: Forever 21 and online. Most of the time I really have something in mind that I want and it isn’t always “modern” and I don’t want to be bound by that, so I search the world wide web!

 

Q: Have you ever been to NYFW, if so when and what was your fave part?

 

Mel: I have not been, but they won’t be able to keep me out for long.

 

Q: Who is your fave designer?

 

Mel: There are so many to pick from really! I just like a designer who stays consistent. I consistently like what they produce.

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Q: Whose show are you most looking forward to this year?

 

Mel: I’m always excited to see what Moschino is going to do.

 

Q: What do you like about NYFW more, the runway shows or the street style and why?

 

Mel: Wherever the true risk-takers are.

 

Q: Links to Social Media

 

Mel: @Melisterine7

 

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leah_0884(Photo: Davide Photo, Model: Griselda U., MUA: Madinah M., and Wardrobe Stylist: Leah V. )

June 29, 2015

Pontiac, MI

Leah V.’s Hepburn Inspired Photo Shoot

When I begin any photo shoot or creative process, I always choose a theme or an era. Then I allow it to grow, piece by piece, brick by brick. I wanted a dark-haired model and I wanted to create a billowy tulle skirt in black.

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Griselda and I are friends on Facebook, she responded to my post looking for a sultry dark-haired muse. And it was set. I usually do colorful ensembles with a lot of print and pattern, so for this shoot I wanted to do the complete opposite.

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Initially, I was going for a modern ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired shoot, but then it took a creative turn. Griselda has this Lady Gaga’esque nature about her, so we went with the flow.

IMG_0925Griselda slayed the shoot. She was easy to work with and high-energy. Here’s what she had to say about working with us: “Working with Leah was such a wonderful experience. She let me know her vision, but also gave me the opportunity to give her my personal thoughts. Through laughter and jokes, she kept it professional. I look forward to working with her again.”

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I love working with a team of down-to-earth creative individuals. Davide did a wonderful job (as usual) being patient and adding the cool smoky background. And of course my MUA, Madinah, beat her face to perfection.

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Outfit Details:

Shirt: (turned backwards) Regeneration

Blazer: Regeneration

Velvet Stockings: Pay-Less

Tulle Skirt: Custom Made by Leah V.

Turban: Wrapped by Leah V.

Heels: Model’s own

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Thank you 🙂


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Went to Jummah (Friday prayer for Muslims) today and got a chance to meditate and pray, if only for a few minutes, I took the time out. I’ve been missing Friday prayer lately because I’m too busy doing everything else. Worried about everything else. A journalist and crew came to my apartment yesterday and interviewed me about modest fashion about my relationship with hijab. I told them straight up, I don’t have to dress modestly. I can go buy a pair of short-shorts, show my whole ass. Cuz it’s there *tongue pop* I can throw on my polka dot two-piece bikini and pop it on the gram and get three, four times more likes cuz that’s what folks wanna see all the time now. Like it or not, I could do that and still be Muslim. But my modesty, my head covering (hijab)is something that I choose to do, when it wasn’t a choice a long time ago. It was something forced upon me. That I had to do or else I didn’t love God enough as the next covered gal. It’s something that I do because it connects me spiritually and I’ve reclaimed my choice to dress the way I want. Despite other folk’s opinions on the matter. So, when you see me wrapping my crown, my hijab don’t go “dang, she must be forced to wear that” or “she must be married”. My crown, my hijab isn’t a symbol of oppression. It’s just the opposite. It’s my power that I’ve reclaimed as an individual to express myself how I see fit. So, here’s the video I promised a lot of y’all who’ve been asking for me to show you how to wrap your crown—Muslim or not. Rock what inspires you. Head over to YouTube to watch the step by step process 💁🏽‍♀️ Do you practice modesty in your dress? How do you stay modest in the summer heat? What’s some of the stereotypes you’ve heard or thought about the hijab? All bodies can chime in. Let’s chat. #newyorkblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #wamfam #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #modestfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #bodyconfidence #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #selflove #goldenconfidence #hijabfashion #beautyblogger #instavideo #musically

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