Business Spotlight: Curls Queen

During these hot summer months, sometimes we need a break from wearing our hair out. Extensions offer the unique advantage of versatility and protection. Finding extensions that match a tight coily hair texture can be a task. Curls Queen online hair store provides textured human hair extensions, wigs, and ponytails. They offer high-grade human hair with at least a 6-month lifespan. Our lives can get hectic, and styling natural hair does take time. With Curls Queen extensions, you’ll be out the door in no time!

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Advantages of Yaki Clip-Ins

When worn properly, clip-ins are a great way to add volume and length to your natural hair. You can use them as a reference as to how long your natural hair can grow with added time and correct maintenance. They won’t feel too heated or add too much weight to your scalp. Do you have commitment issues? Yaki clip-ins can give you the chance to experiment with the type of hairstyles you want to try.

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Flexible. Growth stages while embarking on this natural hair journey can vary from person to person. Some women of color can grow long hair naturally in a matter of months, while others’ growth can take years. Yaki hair matches 4c curls while giving you a “wow” factor that you want during date night or special events.

Confidence builder. Your hair can reach lengths that you haven’t reached before if you regularly keep it covered in a protective style. Curly hair can quickly get tangled, dry, and overwhelming. Yaki-clip-ins can cover your natural hair, giving it a shield from the sun and other natural elements. The added length is also a confidence booster. Clip-ins can enhance your natural beauty. Have you ever had a bad hair day and no amount of frizz control could contain your hair? Try clip-ins. It is worth the purchase.

No heat is needed. A lot of naturalists will admit that in the past the constant use of curling irons did cause burns to their scalp and breakage to their strands. Curling irons when not used in moderation can fry your hair. Clip-ins don’t require any heated devices. Once you know what your hair type is, you will see that Curls Queen has hair extensions that blend in with kinky hair. No hassle, no pain.

Drawstring Ponytails Are Beneficial

Beginner-friendly options are all the rage since many are jumping on the self-care bandwagon. With a Curls Queen Convert-Cap Wig, you have the benefit of an easy hairstyle that can be done in a few minutes. You can cornrow your hair and add a ponytail. Using the rubber band or threading option also works. Or french twist your hair into a drawstring ponytail. The styling options are limitless. 

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Custom-made design. Be authentically you with a style that brings out your face the most. With drawstring ponytails, you can sleek your hair back and wear your hair up. This is a perfect look for professional business settings. And you don’t have to worry about it feeling too tight. Curls Queen has a breathable and flexible cap that you can simply place over your natural ponytail. It comes in different lengths and colors, so you can order one that best suits you.

Versatility. With an updo comes the use of headbands, scarves, and hair accessories. Almost anything you can think of. It can adapt to many looks. Curls Queen Converti-Cap Wig has many uses. Its adjustable drawstring can stretch or shrink to fit your hair. It is made with human hair, so you can rest assured that it is high-quality. 

Washable. Keeping extensions clean is imperative to your hairstyles lasting long. It is not recommended that you do not blow-dry extensions, because it can cause major hair fallout. Just wet the clip-ins thoroughly. Purchase sulfate-free shampoo to rinse your clip-ins with. After washing with shampoo, allow your extensions to sit in a conditioner for at least 10-15 minutes. Rinse out and gently comb your hair. Then hang it up for air dry. It is advised to only wash hair extensions every 4 to 6 weeks. Hair extensions do not receive natural oils as natural hair does. They also are more liable to breakage. So using a wide-tooth comb when styling is best.

Curls Queen has many positive reviews and ideal textures for African hair. Whether you have 3a or 4b hair, need light yaki to coarse yaki, or a coarse kinky blowout, you can use them as a one-stop-shop for hair extensions. 

Have you tried out clip-in extensions for your natural hair before? Sound off below!

Featurism: A Growing Epidemic

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Every time I scroll down my social media feed, I notice a pattern of which type of advertisements are shown to me. I usually search for other freelance writers of color so I can learn and grow from them. I guess Facebook and Instagram examines my data input. Their ads cater to my likes and dislikes. Chocolate models often pop up marketing various hair/beauty products. And although I love me some chocolate, I am often disappointed to see that the variety displayed lacks Afrocentric features.

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What Is Featurism?

Featurism is “a prejudice towards individuals with certain features and a preference towards those with features that correlate with a set beauty standard.” Although colorism and featurism are closely linked, they need to be put in separate categories. If you watch fashion runways, you will quickly notice that although dark-skinned models are featured, the ones that are used more possess European features.

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African models that are not biracial usually have bigger noses, and bigger lips. Those who have tighter coils, larger noses, and larger hips, are most likely to be excluded from mainstream fashion projects.

Self-hatred within the Black/African community is very real. And at times it can start with our facial features.

Back in the day when exclusive commercials in the United States where geared towards people of color, they would exaggerate our features. This has led to many older brands being pulled off the shelf. For example, Aunt Jemima’s pancake syrup. Quaker decided to remove the image and title after being flooded with customer’s complaints of its racist past.

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And featurism does not just end with black people. In Asia, going under the knife to have a double-eyelid surgery is popular. Many Asians do this so they can appear to have bigger eyes. Larger eyes conform more to Eurocentric features.

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Why Is Featurism So Problematic?

When you receive a lot of praise and likes online, but not in real life, you start to wonder: Is my version of black really beautiful?

It is estimated that 40 percent of black businesses will have no choice but to shut down during this coronavirus pandemic. As a black freelance blogger, this means that this pandemic will either make me or break me. A beauty blogger’s salary can range anywhere from $100 a month to $100,000 a month. But when I see Facebook or Instagram ads of the successful bloggers who claim to be millionaires, they are 9 times out of 10 women of European descent. Are talented Africans who look more African worth less?

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We need to promote self-love even in a world of hate. While others might find this time as an opportunity to riot, steal, and kill, we need to reinforce confidence in our black Queens. That means stop showing favoritism. Don’t tell your daughter that she is more prettier than your other daughter because her nose is more thinner and her curls are looser. And don’t tell your girlfriend that you broke up with her because her butt was not big enough. Stop with the hate. Promote love.

Personally, I find beauty in all shades and all races. Microaggressions coincide with racism. When you hate your own kind, your own kind, in the long run, gets paid less. So the next time you see someone who looks nothing like what you normally see on the T.V, complement them. We can all stop this self-hatred once we see that all-natural, unalterable features are made to be treated equal.

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Sources: http://www.therotundaonline.com/opinion/we-need-to-recognize-featurism-and-its-effects/article_1c841d3c-4313-11ea-a12f-fb4b83810632.html

https://deardarkskinnedgirl.com/2020/05/04/what-is-featurism/

Colorism Is Not the Only Thing That's Problematic, So Is Featurism…

Rihanna Rocks A Classic African Hairstyle For Vogue

For the May 2020 issue of Vogue, Rihanna chose to represent with a beautiful, classic hairstyle.  Her hair was styled in what is called the Betsimisaraka hairstyle. Such homage brings awareness to the distinctive styles that women of color display.

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The Betsimisaraka Hairstyle Originates From Madagascar

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What makes this hairstyle so iconic, is the fact that Madagascar was discovered by women. Tropical and serene, this island is located off the east coast of Africa. The natives that inhabit the land carry Indonesian genes. A vessel arrived 1200 years ago on the island holding 30 women. It is a possibility that they sailed off course. Extensive DNA studies have traced today’s residents to these 30 women, who probably mated with African men who were already there. Indonesia and Madagascar have a distance of 5000 miles. So their trip across the Indian Ocean was quite a lengthy one.

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Madagascar prides itself on having a mixture of Asian and African descent. They have many tribes, one of them being Betsimisaraka. Plaiting hair is seen as important to one’s beauty among their women. The Betsimisaraka hairstyles includes 5 tufts, 2 on each side, and one behind. They also wear numerous plaits that are not fully braided at the end, as Rihanna modeled.

Gold and silver pins are sometimes put in their plaits, right above their forehead. Other ornaments used are crocodiles teeth, bones, or shells. In the late 19th or early 20th century, the way you wore your hair let people know your rank and financial level. The rich would wear many silver and gold ringlets in their hair. Married women would wear their hair twisted up. Unmarried women would let their hair flow over the shoulders. In the year 1822, the Europeans arrived, and they introduced their unique way of styling hair. But that did not stop the Madagascar women from wearing their native hairstyles.

A Barbados Singer Who Pays Tribute To Culture

“I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything – I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre – now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want.” – Rihanna

This is not the first time Rihanna has shown love for her people. Just recently she donated $700,000 to Barbados so her people can have respirators during this pandemic. And for the cover of her Limited edition i-D Rihannazin cover, she sported cornrows. Her stylist for both magazines was Yusef Williams, a British-Nigerian. Cornrows are another popular African hairstyle. They have been seen in ancient paintings dating back to the early 5th century BC.

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Our motherland is where civilization started. So many inventions that began in Egypt have reached every corner of the globe. This includes different stylings of hair. How amazing. Our roots don’t only grow past our scalps. They have grown to touch many hearts.

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What classic African hairstyle do you like to rock? Comment, like, and subscribe.

Sources:

https://www.seeker.com/madagascar-founded-by-women-1765687347.html

https://www.msn.com/en-za/lifestyle/lifestylebeautyandstyle/crowning-glory-rihannas-top-3-iconic-fashion-cover-looks/ar-BB120Xet

History of Madagascar, By William Ellis, Joseph John Freeman

Spring 2020 Fashion Week Screamed Modesty

New York Fashion Week was held the week of February 6, 2020. And it loudly screamed modesty. It was like YAS, honey, YAS! Y’all better show off those long, flowery dresses, those fancy business suits, and those long-sleeve sweaters.

With many of us under quarantine, we may not have that much to spend on extravagant styles. That’s what makes these outfits so lovable. They are simple, and can easily be found at a local thrift store. Let us go over the full fashion forecast for the season upon us.

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Bright Primary Colors

Red is a strong color that emits fiery passion. Many creatives opt for this color to be an integral part of their clothesline. And it is a perfect color for business attire.

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Light yellow can be compared to the golden sun. When you are out and about, you will feel the temperature rise. Many nature lovers resort to bright yellow because it gives them spring vibes.

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A strong green is the right fit for spring. It represents healthy grass, peace, and financial growth.

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Deep blue is like the waters that surround the beach. Even though beaches are closed, wearing bright blue will help us to connect with the peacefulness of the ocean.

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Unique Sleeves

Long gone are the days when people just wore normal sleeves. We are now seeing sleeves with flair, street-style, and medieval features. If you are in the mood to feel like a renaissance poet, then a flowy sleeve is the way to go.

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Puffed sleeves give off a brave, courageous look. They also draw more attention to your shoulders. If your stomach has become a muffin top, then choose puffed sleeves.

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Small And Big Florals

The Spring 2020 Fashion Show placed a lot of emphasis on long flowery dresses. Which makes sense, because spring is all about flowers. What is different though, was the distinction between the types of flowers that were seen on the dresses/skirts. Some were intricately small. And some were graphically big. The cartoon-like flowers were mostly placed in front of a black background. The smaller, realistic-looking flowers laid on a bright background. Do you love gardens? Then purchase a flower dress from your favorite retailer. Transform into a walk in the garden.

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Strong Suits

If you are obsessed with suits then now is your season to slay. Feminine suits were rocked on the runway and predominantly had feminine vibes. Soft materials give off a welcoming, soft, lush feel. The 90s are making a comeback with this look. This trend also fits those who regularly attend religious services.

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Slip-On Slide Sandals

With the weather reaching warm temperatures, toes will be out. Slip-on sandals are fun and casual. If you like long walks in the park you may love the grass brushing against your ankles. You can wear wide straps, small straps, sparkles, or bows. They are many styles to choose from, that are simple, yet cute!

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Which looks catches your eye the most? Comment below! Also share, like, and follow my blog for more trending topics on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.

Sources:

The Top Ten Modest Trends From Spring 2020 Fashion Week

Style Trends for Spring/Summer 2022 That Moms Can Actually Wear

https://www.elle.com/fashion/trend-reports/a31006915/fashion-trends-2020/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Super Cute Winter Items for 2020

We are already in the second month for 2020. The snow is falling and the humidity is gone. Climate change is in full effect. With winter blowing cold air and giving us freezing temperatures, one should make it a priority to bundle up. With all the layers that have to be put on, fashion must be a part of your everyday wear. Here are 10 super cute outfits that will leave you dressed to impress.

The Bank Blazer

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Are you feeling like a boss? Then have no fear, the bank blazer is here! What is lovable about this look is the fact that it is very professional looking. It will also add some warmth to your body while you feel comfy. If you want to keep it simple, just add a white T-shirt underneath.

Long Sleeve Sweater Dress

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Sweater dresses are a must-have because we all have those lazy days where we do not want to throw on a whole suit. We just want to slip into a long dress without adding too many accessories. Wear a sweater dress and some knee-high boots, to save yourself time.

High-Waist Button-Leg Pants

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High waist pants are a great way to show off your figure. If they are plaid they can easily be worn with a plain turtleneck. Show off ’em legs gurl!!!

Maxi Dress

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Maxi dresses are an affordable, colorful item. It can be worn under a long coat. They are usually made out of thin materials so you can layer it with a wool sweater.

Faux Leather Wide-Leg Pants

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With wide-leg pants on you are leaving ample room for leggings to be worn underneath. Also, there will be plenty of space for knee-high socks and boots. Add a bold cheetah sweater and you will be good to go!

Puffer Jacket

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The puffer jacket was made infamous after Drake was seen wearing it and doing the salsa to hip hop music. Very creative move on his part. Another musician that used a puffer jacket to make his song go viral was Big Shaq. The irony of his music video was the fact that on a very hot day he was seen in a heavy jacket screaming “Mans Not Hot”. On a beach. While everyone else was wearing shorts and flip flops. This jacket will increase the heat on your body for sure.

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Bohemian Midi-Dress

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The bohemian look is full of multicolors that can be worn with hiking boots. These dresses are light, so make sure to wear layers.

Capes

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Are you feeling like a hero? The classical look of capes has transformed into a modern trend. It can be worn in a casual way or as eveningwear.

Shoulder Pads

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The 1980s look is coming back because vintage is the new savior. You want to look like an office owner but don’t want to break your bank? Then buy a shoulder pad coat suit from your local thrift store.

Faux-fur

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Environmental awareness is at an all-time high. With global warming causing concern for many, wearing real animal skin is no longer in demand. You can shield yourself from freezing temperatures with faux fur.

Sources:

https://www.vogue.fr/fashion/article/the-17-fashion-trends-you-need-to-know-for-fallwinter-2019-2020

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/g29553913/winter-work-outfits/

 

The Modesty Movement In 2019

If you check Pinterest searches in the UK, the searches for modest fashion has gone up 500% since the beginning of 2018. Many who believe that modest fashion is not a trending topic are believing inaccurate claims. It is estimated that the global fashion market is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Five years from now those numbers will explode into an even bigger magnitude of profit. But what exactly is “modest fashion”? What are the fall runways suggesting when it comes to covering up? Why is the modesty movement so female-driven? Is the mainstream fashion industry interested in modest fashion?

Modest Fashion In A Nutshell

There is not one main definition that points to what modest fashion means. It varies from person to person. But what it all boils down to is making sure certains part of your body is covered up. Awareness should be obtained when dressing. Modern day clothing tends to porposefully draw attention to your private parts. Extremely tight fitting skirts, cleavage showing sweaters, or shorts exposing your butt cheeks is not considered to be modest fashion. “Modest fashion is a market term, that came to prevalence in the mid-2000s, and this was partly because a number of the brands that first started up came from designers and creative entrepreneurs who were themselves religiously motivated,” says Reina Lewis, professor of cultural studies at London College of Fashion, UAL. The decision to be modest is usually based upon one’s religious background.

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What Are The Fall Runways Suggesting When It Comes To Covering Up?

In the 70’s miniskirts were seen as hot. In the 80’s low-rise jeans were the “in thing” to wear. Now we are approaching 2020. The upcoming year sounds futuristic everytime people say it. What will be trending?

“It’s no secret that Phoebe Philo made it cool to be modest, but what she also did was give women a choice about how we choose to present our bodies in this world and I don’t see women relinquishing that choice anytime soon,” stylist Rachael Wang tells the Zoe Report. “I don’t think the [modesty] market is underserved, per se, but I think there is always room for more options.”

On the Paris center stage, covered-up dressing is becoming popular. Long-sleeved tops are now the norm. And a lot of younger, edgier brands are taking notice. Aalto and Rokh are presenting modest fashions to millenials/Generation Z. 

Many women young or old embrace proper dressing because it gives them a sense of empowerment. You feel more humbled, chaste, lowly, and meek. Your closet wardrobe looks more simple.

 

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Fall runways are suggesting that covering up is in and dressing like a hooker is not. So prepare this fall to see a lot of head coverings, hemlines, necklines, hosiery, and outerwear. A year ago, on the runway showing what was below the neck was seen as important. But this year, hats and scarves are being advertised.

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High end brands like Tibi, Nanushka, JW Anderson, and Self Portrait, are now offering many modest types of clothing.

Why The Modesty Movement Is So Female-Driven

Modest dressing is an aesthetic that has gone on for centuries. It has been displayed through many continents and cultures in history. Elizabeth Taylor loved to show off fancy headdresses. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore many signature Chanel suits. Since the 16th century, the Middle East and North Africa have been rocking kaftans. Muslims are not the only women that love conservative attire. Those who profess to be from a Jewish/Christian background also choose to be conservative.

“It’s not to say that there isn’t a woman that might be being forced to cover, but there’s also a woman who is choosing to cover,” explains Algerian-born Ghizlan Guenez, who founded the e-commerce platform The Modist in 2017 as a luxury style destination dedicated to modest wardrobes. “The issue is that you then start stereotyping a whole religion and a whole population of women [based on one extreme circumstance]. What we try and do at The Modist, and not just through fashion but through the stories we tell, is to break down as much these stereotypes as we can.”

Women have always been into fashion more than men are. They also tend to gravitate towards religion more than men.

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Is The Mainstream Fashion Industry Interested In Modest Fashion?

According to the Global Islamic Economy Report, the Muslim fashion industry alone in the UK is estimated to reach $467 billion by 2020. The millennial generation has more spending power when it comes to females. Our women are no longer just stay at home wives. We are no longer seen as the gender that just stays home and gets barefoot and pregnant. We have options. We have talents, brains, and beauty. Many females are CEO’s entrepreneurs, self-made bosses, doctors, lawyers, etc. We now make up a large part of the workplace.

So with a growing amount of women entering the business world, there is an increasing need to have a wardrobe that is full of business casual options.

” Lyst, the data-crunching fashion search engine, has seen an increase in related terms such as “high neck” or “long sleeve” increasing by 40% and 52%, respectively, over the past six months. Meanwhile, the brand notes that even more specific categories, such as “modest bikinis,” are winning out over skimpier styles. (Source:https://www.whowhatwear.com/modest-fashion/slide4).

The mainstream fashion industry has to be interested in modest fashion for it to continue to make a profit. Covering up does not have to be boring. It does not have to dismiss trends. You can still have a lot of colors, prints, patterns, and exotic designs. A lot of modest fashion bloggers go viral because their style resonates with a lot of people. When you set boundaries in your life, even when it involves clothing, your mind will reach a level of peace and comfort. The appetite for conservative outfits is strong.  Women are coming from all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds showing extreme interest. On an international scale, the need for modest fashion will not slow down anytime soon.

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From Child Refugee To Supermodel : Halima Aden

She was born in a refugee camp. Now she is the first supermodel to do a modest swimwear photo-shoot for Sports Illustrated. This is the life and fashion of Halima Aden.

From Refugee Camp To Walking Runways

Life was not always glamorous for Halima. Originally from Somali, Halima was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. Aden advice to refugee women and girls is this : “There is one thing that I can say to those girls: Nothing is permanent…..you have to be accepting of the change and be ready to evolve”. Once she moved to the United States with her family at the age of six, she started chasing after her goals. She entered into the Miss Minnesota Pageant. She became a semi-finalist, and was voted as homecoming queen in her high school. She is a Muslim model who advocates for the hijab . She is the first hijabi model to walk international runways. She is signed to a major agency. She has also been the first hijabi model to be on the cover of Vogue, Arabia, Allure, and British Vogue.

“I want to be known for encouraging other girls to go out and have their own success stories,” she told Paper.

Backlash For Sports-Illustrated Photo Shoot

Not everyone was happy with her modest swimsuit photos.

“Modesty culture is backward & anti-women. Thousands of women are arrested in Islamic countries protesting against veiling & yet your silly mag is celebrating a symbol of oppression…in the most absurdly incoherent way imaginable. Fail.”- Rita Panahi

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How is it backwards and anti-women to promote modesty? If anything, dressing provocatively and wearing revealing clothes is backwards. How will a man respect you if you dress without leaving anything to the imagination? That is why I always admire African styles in general. It is colorful and full of life. Our headscarves are full of intricate designs. Our skirts are long and flowy.  If you want to feel like a Queen, just walk around at your local African boutique. The designs will fill you with pride.

Somali Fashion

Somali is a country full of diverse cultures. The country is located along a international trade route. Most of Somali people still live in Somalia, although their is some who have migrated to Ethiopia. Other groups of people that are Somali are living in Yemen, Kenya,  Djibouti, and other parts of the world. The strong influence of Islam can be seen in their dress codes. The young and those living in the city/urban areas can be seen wearing Western dress for everyday clothing. But for special occasions they always rock their traditional clothing. In the rural area, wearing traditional clothing everyday is more prevalent.

The woman of Somalia frown upon revealing clothing. Most of their garments are comprised of conservative colors. They have many full-length dresses that come in a variety of styles. In a random day in Somalia , you might see a female wearing a guntiino. A guntiino is a long piece of cloth. You tie it over your shoulder and drape it around your waist.

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For formal events, women will be seen wearing a dirac. A dirac is a long dress. It is made up of 100% cotton , or a blend of cotton, linen, and/or polyester.

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If you are a married woman you wear a scarf on your head. Your scarf is called a shash. Some Muslim women wear a burqa . This garment covers the body from head to foot. (Source: Interesting Africa Facts)

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What Does The Future Hold For Halima?

The trend of being modest has rose in recent years. A lot of older vintage styles are coming back and are in high demand. “Headpieces were being celebrated,” says Aden. “It’s no longer a ‘Muslim women head covering’ thing, you know. Turbans are in.” Many women around the world are embracing that “we are all Africa” and are rocking colorful headpieces. “I believe that the time has changed. For instance, once there were not enough cosmetic products for even adult women and now even 2-year-olds are playing with makeup. This change is coming with the change of times and I’m afraid older generations might have difficulty in accepting that,” Aden says.

Halima Aden: ‘My family doesn’t understand modelling is a real job’

“I’m not Rapunzel stuck in a castle,” she says defiantly. “In today’s society, you’re out and about, and you’re visible, no matter what. So why is it OK for me to be visible in a classroom? Why is it OK to be out in a mall, or just outside, but I can’t be seen in a magazine?”

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The future holds a lot for Halima. She will be opening many doors for those who are Muslim in the fashion world. She is a designer herself, with a fashion collection that will break many barriers. And she will be inspiring others to believe, that you can be beautiful and modest, for years to come.