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(One of the models in the show)

 

The 2nd annual Headwrap Expo

June 8, 2014

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Dearborn, Michigan

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(Backstage with the headwrap stylists)

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem is the chief founder of the Headwrap Expo, first debuting her show last year in Dearborn with hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures coming together for several causes: interfaith relations, the art of headwrapping, and fashion. She plans to take her expo on the road to the Big Apple, New York in November.

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“Beautifully Wrapped” models and the designer with her daughter.

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I had the pleasure of working with all the models in the fashion segments, teaching them how to walk with poise and pose for the cameras like never before. I must say, I am so very proud of all of you who ‘werked’ and ‘ripped’ the runway.

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expo12Marketta and her sister, Jathiyah, really made the fashion segments run smoothly. They didn’t get any sleep trying to figure out the what-was-whats. Congrats to our fashion coordinators!

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  It was a tiring day, but I always have time to pose.

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Makeup artists, the host, models,volunteers, and the founder, Zarinah, in purple, awesome job!

For more info on upcoming shows go to: http://www.headwrapexpo.com/

 

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(Founder of Beautifully Wrapped and The Headwrap Expo & Fashion Show, Zarinah El-Amin Naeem)

Headwrap Expo & Fashion Show

November 17, 2013

Dearborn, Michigan

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(Fashionable and modest audience members before the show)

Zarinah set out to create a multicultural, interfaith expo where wrapping could be celebrated in its various forms all around the world.

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 A model ready to rip the runway.
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A group of models ‘Beautifully Wrapped”.

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Fatima is the master of head wraps!

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Huda, a MUA, beautified faces left and right.

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Head5This abaya/kaftan (overgarment) from Al-Madinah’s was pretty amazing. I wish the photo did it justice.

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I got to meet the fashion blogger and international advocate, Hijablog, Imaan Ali.

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My sister, Taahira, modeled she is getting her head wrapped by Fatima.

Head21I did a little head wrap of my own. You likey?

HeadThis pic is super dark. But my OOTD begins with a yellow blazer from Torrid, and the dress is like three years old from Dots Fashions. The accessories are from Rainbow and DEB’s. And the “Flinstone” necklace was a gift from a friend.

I must give my shoutouts to a few of the fashion team members and headwrap stylists that made this all happen: Madinah, Janeea, Laila, Huda, Taqwa, Jathiyah, Marketta, Jendayi, all the stylists, the designers, the floor models, and every volunteer. Great job you guys 🙂

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It is the Islamic holiday, Ramadan, where Muslims are to fast (refrain from water, food, backbiting, and anything else bad) from dawn to dusk. It is day three, and I am going strong! I feel great and look good (as always). I found this dress from like four years ago in my closet. I got it from Dots Fashions and it still looks good. And better yet, I can fit it!

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The pink scarf I got from an Iraqi lady I worked with a few years ago. She got it from Iraq. The gray cardigan is also a few years old; I think I may have gotten it from Burlington Coat Factory or Dots.

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