Beauty and the Muse

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IMG_9013(Photo: Sumiyyah Abdur-Rasheed, MUA: Bertina B., and Model/Stylist: Leah. V.)

The photo above shows a lady who just got off a plane, had about four hours of sleep, and curated an entire photo-shoot with wardrobe included for four models from another state. Mind blown.

IMG_8468 (Model: Jonda, Photo: Sumiyyah, MUA: Bertina, Turban/Stylist: Leah V.)

So basically, I was introduced to Sumiyyah of Ann Nahari earlier this year. We clicked immediately. She told me she had equipment. I told her I could get models and curate the shoot. We came up with this set of beautiful photos. Our concept was ‘Ragin’ Turbans’.

IMG_8558(Model: Jonda/ Stylist: Leah V.)

I wanted this shoot to be culturally diverse, as well as body-diverse. We wanted to show people that anyone could rock a turban!

IMG_8597(Model: Brittany, Wardrobe/Turban: Leah V.)

I found Brittany off Instagram. She’s also an Atlanta-native. Boy, did she transform!

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I fell in love with this “Golden Girls” sequin top.

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So fierce. I can’t even handle it. I love when my team’s work comes to life!

IMG_8929(1)(Model: Erica, Photo: Sumiyyah, MUA: Bertina, Stylist/Turban: Leah V.)

Erica is also a local Atlanta model and a dance choreographer. Such a pleasure to work with 🙂

For this look, I was going for African Queen. I love how the prints mix and collide.

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Queen Erica.

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I had an idea for a dress. Sumiyyah took my idea and made it come to life. The dress fit like a glove. I love designing!

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So, at the end of the day, this was an amazing shoot. Everyone chipped in when I started to freak out. Clothes and bits of fabric was everywhere. All in all I had a wonderful time curating this shoot. Thanks to everyone who was involved :0 🙂 😮

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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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(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.

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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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