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(Me and model, Ashley M.)

July 12th, 2015

Garden Theatre

Royal Oak, MI

Amor De Fashion Show IV

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Below are a few of my favorite looks of the show:

SAM_2279I really like the contrast of the light blazer with the dark denim.

SAM_2275Neon trim and bold prints.

SAM_2226Again I am digging the bright on bright look. And check out that skull clutch.

SAM_2229I tend to check outfits for the details. Can you spot the one’s I like?

SAM_2270One of the hosts in a mesh-paneled leather bodycon.

SAM_2264You can never go wrong in a cat-woman bodysuit.

SAM_2246Thaad, our photographer for the evening and his boo. Hehe.

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(MUA: Madinah M.)

May 3, 2015

Southfield, MI

The Ultimate Style Expo by Scotta Intimates

http://www.scottaintimates.net/

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So Bruna of the blog StyleMile and I were asked to return to the Ultimate Style Expo to serve as guest judges on the Street Style Blogger Competition!

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We chose Jordan Blackwell of Lil Miss JB Style. Loved the monochromatic look!

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Thanks Shaneia for inviting me 🙂 I enjoyed myself.

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This model rocked the runway.

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Madinah with the host, Ron Dance.

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Models after the show.

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These pics are super dark. Forgive the lighting. Yall like my dress, though? It’s from Forever 21 and so is the necklace. I shop there so much that I think I should just start working there. Ha.

(Photo courtesy of FashionMeetsGod.com)

Jireh (at the end, far left) of the blog Fashion Meets God didn’t win, but she looked amazing. Her dress was courtesy of Thrift on the Ave in Detroit.

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(Model after the show)

 

October 4, 2014

Detroit, MI

Blue Velvet Vintage

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Salon Detroit Collaboration

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I am a big fan of the Great Gatsby era and this model totally pulls it off.

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Vintage boutique owners and fashionistas

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Such an amazing personality and she’s wearing vintage Betsey Johnson.

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It was an amazing show!

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The stylist behind it all. Thanks Jessica for the invite.

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Model Behavior

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I was in love with my goth chic outfit for that evening. The dress is from Forever 21 and I paired it with a lace up boot and a turban.

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(Photo Credits: Necole Dash)

Ultimate Style Expo 2014

The Westin

1500 Town Center Road

Southfield, MI

August 3, 2014

I was asked by Scotta Intimates owner, Shaneia Caldwell, to participate in a Street Style Blogger Competition along side Colours By Numbrs, Kori and StyleMile, Bruna (pictured above). Although, I didn’t win I had a blast.

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I had to prepare my fierce face and walk before the competition started.

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My older sister came to support, and I taught her some new poses.

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One of the lingerie models before she rocked the runway.

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Before the show started, you know we had to get some photos in!

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I am so silly. Gorgeously silly. DIY skirt by the way!

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A few of the models, waiting their turn on the runway.

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Thank you Madinah for the BeatFace 🙂 Thanks to my sister for coming out. The models looked fabulous, and congrats to all the bloggers who came out and supported.

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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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  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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(My mom is in the middle, and my big sis, Tonisha, is on the end)

 

I have worked with Leslie Ann Pilling before last year on a fashion show, and I just love what she is doing in Detroit, meshing local fashion, art, and music. She invited us to The ‘Reveal’ Beauty and Trend Showcase at the Fillmore in Downtown Detroit. We had a blast watching the ballet dancers, listening to the opera singers, and the electro-funk pop band play.

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I got to wear my new Forever 21 Plus dress and shades.

20140514_192249One of the models getting her wild hair done. The theme reminded me of urban forest fairies.

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20140514_192802This hair model has been practicing pointe/ballet for over thirteen years. She was an exceptionally graceful dancer.

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First, let me take a selfie!

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My big sis came out. We had a blast.

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You know I had to take photos after the show.

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The first photo I saw of Velvet D’ Amour was last summer when I searched for plus size models. Initially, I wrote a small post about Velvet just showcasing a few of her editorial shots. I sent it to her. She posted it on all of her media pages.

I was officially a blogger.

We played email tag for a few days, and then finally she called me all the way from Paris. We spoke for over an hour about fashion, life, traveling, and even Islam! She’s so down to earth, bodacious, and truly an honest soul.

Originally born in Rochester, New York, Velvet has graced the runways of Paris, strutting in Jean-Paul Gaultier‘s 2007 Spring/Summer collection and has been featured in French Vogue. Velvet was even in a French film, AVIDA, in 2006 that was selected to participate in Cannes International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently working on Vol-Up2, a voluptuous magazine that celebrates not just curvy bodies but all beautiful bodies.

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LV: What was fashion like for you growing up?

VDA: When I was growing up I was a fat kid. My mom took me to stores for husky children. My parents were much older, so when other kids wore Levis, I wore like nerdy clothes.

In high-school we didn’t have uniforms, and I took a sewing class. So I made a lot of my pieces. I got into more angular, edgy looks, while my mom on the other hand liked Ralph Lauren, preppy and conservative. She wouldn’t allow me to leave the house wearing certain things, so I’d just sneak and change when I left. I think style is a personal thing, and while she wanted a certain look, I wanted to be sexy.

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LV: What about when you were in New York during college?

VDA: I was pretty much known for being the “Lady Gaga” on campus; this was before Lady Gaga was even out. I loved lace, leather, and super sexy stuff.

When I lived in New York it was great. They appreciated someone who was daring in fashion. Primarily we were just Club Kids, where the whole point was to dress as crazy as possible. Fashion played a large role in my life and from a photographic and modeling standpoint I was drawn into the whole world of fashion.

Fashion drew me in because I loved drama. I liked to be as bizarre as I wanted to be.

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LV: How did you get started earlier in your career?

VDA: During high-school people would always ask if I was a model. But on the other hand, I would go to Macy’s and things wouldn’t fit. So when I was 21, I got down to 140 pounds in order for a modeling agency to sign me. I did crazy diets and got to 117 pounds, and they still called me fat. Afterwards, I just started gaining and gaining. I did all the crash diets, and still gained.

After that I began to start a revolution. I would take high fashion concepts and use myself as the model.

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LV: When did you decide that you wanted to be a plus model?

VDA: I hadn’t really planned on becoming a plus model. I just saw a need. Every time there was a plus size shoot available no photographers wanted to do it. So I said, “I’m fat and it would be cool to shoot these models that no one else wanted to shoot.” I got to shoot a lot of well-known plus models at the time.

But I sent a picture to a new Parisian plus modeling agency, basically telling them that plus women felt more comfortable with a plus woman to shoot them. They told me to come in. When I went in they said that they wanted to sign me. I had killed myself to be signed with an agency before in my 20’s and now they wanted me. I was 38 and 300 pounds, the very last thing in my mind was modeling. I couldn’t believe it.

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LV: Amazing story, Velvet. Now let’s get into some of the films and television shows you’ve done.

VDA:  I did a film in 2006 called Avida. (Spoiler Alert: She does get butt naked in the movie!) The film made it to Cannes and The Tribeca Film Festival. I was like Ohmigod! when I found out.

I have been on a reality show called Celebrity Farm. They sent us to a nature reserve in South Africa. I got bit by a snake! And all you do is take care of animals like baby cheetahs and lions. It was an amazing experience. It was funny though because I don’t drink or smoke, and they wanted you to be dramatic, but that’s not my personality, so I was like I am going to bed y’all!

Brooke Burke from Dancing with the Stars visited. Bridgette Nelson was on the show too. I was dying to speak to her because she dated Sylvester Stallone. I didn’t win, but I stayed until the end of the show. I thought I was going to get kicked off in the first week.

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LV:  Sounds like a super experience. Now let’s talk about obstacles you’ve faced in your career.

VDA: Fitting into the clothes would be the main obstacle. In some ways, I don’t perceive it as an obstacle though. I see not fitting into clothes, in a weird way, as good because if I could fit into everything I would probably be homeless, I’d just buy it all. I can always fit into lingerie though; I have a massive amount of it. But, for me, it forces you to create a different kind of style, and it stops you from being materialistic too.

 

LV: What about your individual style as of today?

VDA: I love corsets custom-made by Underground Aristocracy. With all the responsibilities of the magazine, I have kind of stepped back from the whole fashion scene, but if I go somewhere I will buy clothes from ASOS.

 

LV: So what were your inspirations for starting a magazine? What’s your goals?

VDA: Vol-Up 2, which is a spin off from the French word Voluptoo, was inspired by my need as a photographer to be more edgy, more editorial when I shot. Some of the problems with the magazines at the time were that they never incorporated editorial shots for people who looked like me. The mainstream models were a lot younger, under 30, and proportionate. Women who were older, who looked like me had no place in fashion. I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen at my age and weight by wonderful people to be involved in mainstream high-end fashion.

Vol-Up 2 is a departure from the “norm” and it showcases all sizes of plus. What makes it more bizarre is that I will put a size zero agency model next to a lady who is plus-size and never modeled before in her life then I’ll place her next to a paraplegic who is next to a women who has suffered from cancer. I have a plethora of curves in my magazine, but it has an emphasis on plus-size because of the lack thereof in the industry. Many people are left behind in the fashion world. The way I showcase my images is a democratized way of showing fashion.

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(Photo: Velvet D’ Amour, Model: Liris Crosse)

LV: What would like to do next?

VDA: I would love to do an editorial for Muslim women. It’s nice to see that our audience is so wide, complete conservative people to older swingers.

LV: What advice would you give to others that would like to be in your position?

VDA: People are drawn to be being known, or wanting to be famous. They are not acting because they have the desire to act, but to be in the spotlight. There are people who want to model just to get that stamp of approval. People want to be accepted and loved, those attributes are highly valued. But at the same time, if you want to model and you get in front of the camera and you’re not posing, and you want to post the pictures ten minutes later just to put them on your FB page then I’m not sure what to tell you.

You have to have real passion behind whatever it is that you do. If you want to be a model, you have to invest in yourself, and know the industry.

The power of photography is strong, but helping others is stronger, getting out of yourself and getting away from self-absorption. I get so much more out of helping others. That is the true liberty of getting rid of that obsession.

The real beauty is in inspiring others.

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LV: Leave us with a quote:

VDA: “You’re only as happy as you let yourself be” -Abe Lincoln

Check out her websites to see her awesome collection of photos:

http://www.velvetography.com/

http://www.volup2.com/

 


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