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We have a banquet/graduation every January at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. New and old students, faculty, and board members come together to congratulate the graduating students. I took the liberty of taking about a hundred selfies/usies with all my lovely cohorts and faculty members.

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Let’s talk about my OOTD for a second: dress with gold belt attached and shawl from Forever 21 Plus, the white scarf/turban came from Burlington Coat Factory, and the black scarf around my neck was from Lane Bryant. The gold bracelets were gifts. I wanted to go for a gothic Roman empire chic look. How’d did I do?

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My Mentor, Taylor P.

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The wonderful Kaylie J.

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A wonderful bunch of writers 🙂

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(Photos courtesy of Kades Mode)

Earlier in the summer, I was invited by wardrobe expert, Kades Mode, for an event with Aldo in New York City. I checked out her website and found a ton of useful information ranging from DIY to How To Wear. Please visit her website, which is beautifully laid out, and read her blog.

I had a chance to interview this fashionista and here is what she had to say:

 

 

LV: Give us a little bit of your background…Who is Kades Mode?

KM: Kades Mode is a style conscious fashion brand. It’s a virtual extension of who I am (alongside all of my growing social media accounts), the journey of existing through everyday life, and my experiences in the world as I pursue my dreams.

 

LV: What was fashion like for you growing up?

KM: Fashion was an outlet. My family didn’t have discretionary income to spend. Therefore, fashion to me was an outlet that one day I would have access to lavish things.

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LV: How would you describe your individual style?

KM: I have an eclectic, polished, and classic style.

 

LV: When did you decide that you wanted to be involved in fashion and start your blog?

KM: At the tender age of 10, my love for fashion evolved. When I paid more attention to sketching than school work, or researching books about fashion schools rather than other childlike activities, I knew what I was called to do.

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LV: What magazines or campaigns have you been featured in?

KM: I’ve been featured as a personality in Solis Magazine, Lens Magazine, and as a stylist assistant and key stylist. I’ve been featured in Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Tush, Harper Bazaar, and many others. I’ve also partnered with brands such as Intermix and Aldo.

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LV: What would you tell someone who wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry?

KM: You don’t have to be a bitch to be respected. There are different ways to know what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to.

 

LV: What are some big projects you are working on currently?

KM: I am currently styling and sending submissions to magazines, testing with photographers, models, and vendors to build my craft. I’m also seeking to expand my clientele list.

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LV: What advice would you give to people who are in your position or want to get to your position?

KM: To research, have confidence in yourself, and build your craft.

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LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

KM: “Style, because the first thing judged is appearance.”

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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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I don’t know if anyone noticed but I am trying to take over the world. All my life I have been bursting with creative energy and never allowed to explore it. I just turned 26, I have all types of issues ranging from my job and etc. etc. etc. But I am on a mission. I have seen too many things that I must attempt to have. I have three goals. To be a happy and good person. To be a writer. To be in the fashion industry. This is my journey…

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These are photos taken with a cell phone. No edits. Yes, I am that fine. And yes, Madinah beat my face to a pulp. The theme for this shoot was “Color Explosion”.

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Behind the scenes. Davide took some really nice pics.

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I’m reading InStyle Magazine!

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The Mastermind behind the makeup. MUA: Madinah

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Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. Cover Girl.

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The orange turban scarf, the paisley scarf around my neck, and blouse are from Forever 21. The jewelry is from Dots Fashions. The yellow blazer is from Torrid. The blue pants are from Rainbow. The wedges are from Cato’s.

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After shoot bloopers.

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eid15On Eid day 1, I wore the Swak dress I won from SexyPlus Clothing in Toronto! Thanks again, Stephanie. I got the stripped jacket from Torrid, and the gorgeous necklace from Victorious Me.

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Yes. I am straight flexin’.

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My family, nieces, and friends.

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My friends and I. Pose.

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We are being sooo extra. lol.

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Eid day 2. We slayed at the park. A whole of array of colors. Taste the rainbow.

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Posing. And acting super de duper silly.

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Eid day 3. My OOTD at the block party. Raaaawr!

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Hey look. I spotted a stylistah. Her name is Nurah. Her face is beat and her outfit is very pattern chic.

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No. We aren’t celebrities…well, at least not yet.

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I had to beat my own face on Eid day 4. I think I did a pretty good job.

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Some more of my gorgeous friends. We had fun at the concert.

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So I had this idea. I said, “let’s model walk into the camera.” We did. This was the first shot. Epic. We slay!

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For the last month I have been planning a photo shoot. I have been going through photos, makeup looks, and styles. I wanted my shoot to be couture, edgy, and unique. I always see a certain type of revealing and sometimes cookie-cutter style that some people use . I wanted to have a shoot and stand out.

I think we may have done it this time.

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Just getting to the shoot proved to be hectic. Madinah and I ended up making it on set an hour and a half late. We didn’t get to do the second look but we got some awesome shots.

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Waiting patiently while the photographer, Kenneth Harris, gets the lights right.

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Last minute touch-ups by MUA: Madinah.

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Do you like my Gaga nail ring? The look I was going for was high-fashion, curvy style.

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OOTD: Scary Chic

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All styles by me. MUA is the very talented, Madinah. And the professional photos above are by Kenneth Harris

Stay tuned for more…The photo shoots aren’t over.

Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest’s Model Casting Call

Boll YMCA Theatre on Broadway St.

July 29, 2013

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I am excited to announce that I will be working with the team and Leslie Ann Pilling, CEO and founder of Michigan F.A.S.H Fest on September 6th through the 8th to bring you:

F: Fashion

A: Art

S: Sound

H: History

Tickets are on sale now! Come out and be blown away on the 6th of September at 8:00p.m. as we bring to you The Runway Industry Showcase and Gala.

Tickets can be purchased at https://therunwayindustryshowcase.eventbrite.com/

Ticket prices range from $75 or $100, which includes an amazing VIP treatment and a goodie bag.

This years Runway Industry Showcase Featured Designers are:

* Alexandria Cheri by Kimberly Oneal-Boykin

* Ivy’s Custom Corsetry by Robin Richardson

* Everything Alpaca

* Bridget Sullivan Designs by Bridget Sullivan

* Chrysalis Fashions by Mira Bedi

And Culinary Delights and Open Bar brought to you by:

* Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

* Pernod Ricard and Absolute Vodka

For more information on the show go to @ http://www.michiganfashfest.com

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Now back to the behind the scenes photos at the model casting last Monday… You had to be tall to meet the requirements for both shows. So all the shorties out there, you’ll have to miss out on this one 😦

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The models first had to sign in. After they signed in, they had to take the height test. Once that was passed then you went to get measured.

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We had all kinds of hopeful models show up. Male models too.

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A possible model strutting for the judges.

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We had an awesome turnout. Now time to choose. Who will model in the final showcase? Stay tuned to find out.


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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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