Category Archives: Season 4

Challenge 2- Head Wraps and Culture

Challenge 2- Head Wraps and Culture

Head wraps of many styles have been a distinctive piece of African American culture. Head wraps have traveled the time from the mother land, through slavery and landing as a style in the 20th century. For many women, head wraps are not just a means of covering up a bad hair day or a cultural gesture but can be worn as a styling option.

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Desyray ElModelo

Desyray ElModelo

Hats are definitely one of the vital blocks on my fashion pyramid! They play a big part in the display of my individuality and love for fashion freedom! Not to mention the fact that they reflect a part my Jamaican background. I cannot express the excitement that I felt when I opened my FedEx package and saw a hat smiling up at me!

With my locs and hats combined, the possibilities are endless. I love to incorporate hats into my wardrobe.I feel like each hat exumes a different mood and sense of style. I choose a hat based on the way that Im feeling that day and also by my choice of attire. Each hat tends to set the tone. I have some that make me feel jazzy, and some that make me feel strong. I have my classy hats and the ones that take me to New York despite the fact that I reside in Jacksonville, FL! I like to wear my hats when i go out on the town and also to big events. I enjoy feeling set apart from the crowd that abides by the rules of the mannequin model in the department store. I’m not afraid to allow myself diversity. I truly feel that once the last number is discovered, at that moment the last hat will be created! The diverse fashion world allows me to be who I chose to be rather than what society deems as acceptable or the norm.

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Revealing a Beautiful Softer Side with Iman

Revealing a Beautiful Softer Side with Iman

During the challenges I always find that I take a life lesson away with me to keep in my heart‘s treasure chest. This week’s challenge involved a lot of pressure for me. Not necessarily because of the requirements, but because of the external pressures and distractions of life and sick family members during the competition. This week involved a constant state of running from place to place .

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Carlie M on Challenge 1

Carlie M on Challenge 1

My hair has experienced a variety of damage including hot comb straightening, curly perm, relaxer, curling iron, and flat iron.  My hair felt and looked fried with split ends.

How did you damage your hair?

My hair has experienced a variety of damage including hot comb straightening, curly perm, relaxer, curling iron, and flat iron. My hair felt and looked fried with split ends. My scalp would get chemical burns each time I got a relaxer. The damage was extensive.

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Head wraps: Past, present, and future

Head wraps: Past, present, and future

As my father once said “Black people are truly original, there is no one like us”. That’s how I feel when I think of how Black women all over the globe wear their head wraps. From the Muslim women in Somalia to the women in the Caribbean, or the urban chic in Brooklyn, New York, we know how to turn a scarf into a fashion statement.

For this photo shoot, I thought about all of these women and tried to capture their spirit and their style into my photos. A head wrap can make you look mysterious, elegant, or sassy.

Usually, when I wear my head wrap, I wear it fully covering my head with a bun or a knot on the side. I like to combine the wrap with a sleek coat and a pair of nice jeans to give it a casual but sophisticated look.

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ReShonda for Iman

ReShonda for Iman

A Walk on the Wild Side!

When we were given this challenge, I really had to do some thinking because I wanted to create a look that would make any woman feel like they could be a Super Model or Cover Girl. I wanted to approach it in a way that would not come off looking too difficult, yet still look like you took time on it.

I feel every woman deserves to feel good about herself, especially in a society that puts extra emphasis on having the perfect body, having long straight hair or the perfect skin. I wanted to create a look that a woman could do and look in the mirror and say “I am Sexy, I am Beautiful and most of all I am ME!”!

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Once Damaged: Inside Out

Once Damaged: Inside Out

The topic of damaged hair is something that many African-American women and even little girls are all to familiar with. As a little girl, I remember the Saturdays that I would get my hair pressed by my grandmother. The finalized product was one of a little knocked kneed girl running around with straightened strands of hair.

Once Damaged: Inside Out ANNM: Challenge 1 By Natasha S. Houston   The topic of damaged hair is something that many African-American women and even little girls are all to familiar with. As a little girl, I remember the Saturdays that I would get my hair pressed by my grandmother. The finalized product was one of a little knocked kneed girl running around with straightened strands of hair. This experience involved everything from cringing on account of the heat, to jumping out of seats from pressing combs that seemingly missed my hair to stroke a tender scalp.

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