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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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20150517_142513(MUA: Madinah M.)

The Headwrap Expo

Dearborn, MI

May 17th, 2015

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

20150517_142241So let’s talk about my beat face for a sec. This green dramatic cut-crease was everything. Thanks Madinah 🙂

20150517_180228Jannah (in the middle) was the fashion and event coordinator for the expo. She invited me to speak about my personal style, catching good deals, and how to walk in any room and own it!

My lil sis, also named Jannah, came out to support. Like our ugly fake laughs? Ha.

20150517_153740My fashionable friend, Cassy, also came out to support! Love her dress.

20150517_175537Model, Aliyah, rocking a custom made dress and turban.

20150517_162232Mama and baby turbans 🙂

20150517_165648My hubby came and showed out of course. Man Style!

20150517_172656Oh, look, there’s Etta and Jennifer from Naturally Flyy Detroit.

20150517_164428End of the day photo shoots after the show.

SWAG…

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(Photo Cred and Makeup: Madinah M.)

May 5, 2015

Max M. Fisher Music Center

Detroit, MI

Ford Freedom Awards 2015

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Before I begin going into the awards show and the unforgettable musical performances. I just want to shout out my ‘glam’ team. Madinah hooked me up once again with this dramatic, yet subtle makeup look. She and her daughter, Lamiah, also helped me get dressed and accessorized 🙂 The owner of Ann Nahari, shipped my couture gown overnight. I designed this gown with her a few months ago, and she brought my idea to life. Thanks!

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I styled this entire look. I haven’t really worn red that much, but I am experimenting with new textures and colors this season.

Dress: Ann Nahari

Lace Turban: Indo/Paki Flea Market

Belt: Dots

Head piece, Earrings, and Bracelet: Forever 21

20150505_213458I never would’ve found out about this event unless Carlotta didn’t mention it on her Facebook page. Thanks for the invite. We were definitely the ‘Ladies in Red’.

20150505_205847Special musical guests for the evening was Big Sean and award winning singer, Ledisi. She can blow!

20150505_222617Shout out to White Castle for being open 24 hours!

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I wasn’t quite sure where I was going, but I was determined to wear my tutu shirt that my bestie, Cassy M., gave me.

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I was feeling myself 🙂

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The Tutu shirt is made by Krafty.

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A selfie was in order. The lipstick is called Graylite by RK Kiss in matte. I also used a bright gray liner.

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This is my Kanye face.

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Gosh. I just love when Madinah does my make-up. She wanted to try a soft face with a blue lip.

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She also wrapped my turban for me. I love the new style.

#Turbinista

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I wish my skin looked this smooth everyday. The struggle.

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Yes, it’s a photo shoot. All black everything ‘curvy style’ with polka dot leggings underneath a sheer maxi dress from

Forever 21.

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I (heart) my MUA!

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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.

Head14One of my favorite looks on Mercedesz from designer, Taqwa of the Ziarra Collection.

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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 🙂

BeforeThis will be the first and last time you see my face naked like this!

Before1My friend, Madinah, the MUA wanted to practice her skills. So, I played the mannequin. She starts out by shaping, contouring, and shading the eyebrows.

Before2She blends the colors on my eye lids, then adds some false lashes for glamour and drama.

Before4The concealer and foundation process begin. I look like Simba from the Lion King 🙂

Before7The finished process. She finished the look with an ombre lip. A queen in the making.

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Model Behavior. I love makeup.

Before8I am wearing a dress I got from Dot’s a few years ago, and the blazer is from Torrid. The makeup was done and turban wrapped by Madinah.


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I was very naive about the world since I hadn’t had a conventional upbringing in the public school system. I was homeschooled, and I had no idea that girls could be so mean. I used to think ‘ALL’ girls were evil. I was a smaller fat back then but I never dressed trendy, which was always an issue. They’d talk about how weird my black nail polish was or why I wore glitter on my eyes. Big girls just wanted attention they said. When I got into the workplace, it got worse. Because I’ve always had a strong presence without even speaking, women seemed to take that as a threat. That by my mere existence I was threatening. Fast forward, I’m not even gonna go into where a lot of these folks are... It’s Ramadan and I’m not gonna spill the tea. Okurrrrrr. But, all this to say one women’s gain isn’t your loss. Someone’s self confidence isn’t an attack on you. I’m sooo glad that I got rid of individuals who side-eyed my accomplishments. Told me ‘you changed’. Or, always had something negative to say about ideas I had. Clear 👏🏾 your 👏🏾 space 👏🏾 Girls and women. Smile at your fellow girl in passing. Tell her her lippie is amazing. That her skin is flawless. That her hijab is on point. That her presentation is strong. Have you had frenemies before? Why don’t more women congratulate one another instead of taking your accomplishment as an attack? Let’s spill the teaaaaaa! Photo/MUA: @being_madinah #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #streetstyle #plusmodel #feminist #plussizemodel #fatacceptance #selflove #blackmuslimahexcellence #psootd #seventeen #californiablogger #turbanista #novababe #honormycurves #eatingdisorderrecovery #bodydysmorphia #fentybeauty #leopardprint

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