WHERE ARE ALL THE BLACK MODELS?

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Model: Poppy Okotcha

Today I wanna talk about models, you know – the models that you see in runway fashion shows and magazine covers. You may ask yourself, whats so different about this subject? I’ve heard it all before, what about it? In reality, you have head about it but the models that you see are the typical norm thats all over the fashion scene.

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Let me explain – models nowadays are normally white, slim, tall, fair-skinned and they have the hair that looks like they just came out of a Guiseppe Franco salon in Beverly Hills. Yeah, its all the job of a makeup and hair crew but lets face it, its the typical norm and I really feel like our black models are really being left behind. Let’s give recognition to our up and coming future black skinned models shall we?

They’re almost always tall with beautifully tanned skin, unique hair and they also have the amazing facial features that are to die for. We have to agree that our dark-skinned models are fierce, sexy, and they have a certain something about them that commands respect and admiration wherever they may be. Lets meet one of these beauties and you can come to your own conclusion, shall we…

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We need more dark skinned models on the runway and on covers of magazines…hey, why not? They’re beautiful!

Meet the model: Poppy Okotcha – she’s one of model managements newest faces and she’s 19 years old from Marlborough, England. Her favorite designer is Alexander McQueen but she’s also fond of Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs. Her future dream is to own her own eco-freindly fashion label. She also wants to change how little Afro hair products there are currently on the market. She would also love to someday portray Grace Jones because to her Grace is a powerful woman. I agree, Poppy – for sure she really is powerful and sexy! Here’s a few more pictures of this dark skinned beauty below…

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Dazed Magazine, Summer 2015

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I love this picture of her! It speaks a million words, so beautiful!

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Isn’t she beautiful!

Don’t miss my next post…Thank you for reading and stopping by!

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THE BUZZ: NYC FASHION WEEK 2015

This past weekend was an amazing one for this fashionista! I attended two events, one in which my dearest friend John Ashford of Authentic by John Ashford Shoes was featuring his designs from the John Ashford Art of the Shoe Show sponsored by Who Wore That Magazine and Huberts Lemonade. His often colorful, sometimes seriously sexy, and at times unbelievably amazing shoes are really a sight to see…really – you’ve got to have a look at them. Wait, what am I saying? Ladies, you have to own a few of his shoes. They’re handmade plus they’re amazing and he only makes them custom so no two pairs are alike…I like that! I already own a couple from his exclusive collection and the fashionista in me is loving his designs. Don’t wait – get a pair, or two, now!

For the second event of my day, I met the lovely Martu E. Freeman – Parker owner and founder of M.E.F Style Report and she really kicked it up a notch for me. She invited me to Style Fashion Week at Gotham Hall and I couldn’t have been more happier to attend. I was right there happily holding my camera in hand, ready to get my much awaited fill of a fashionista’s dream. The moment was exciting and the event was fabulous.

The designers that had their collections featured were: Quynh Paris, Esosa, Santa Clara Moda, Chrisber’y, and Anthony Rubio. The show was amazing and the models looked beautiful. The designs were stunning and featured beautiful colorful, flowery headpieces, flowy dresses in stunning, vibrant, colors and there were even beautiful bridal dresses that were fit for a few goddesses. Oh and I met and took a picture with a celebrity from Project Runway – how cool is that!

Between the anticipation of seeing what shoes Mr. John Ashford had designed for the event and the fashion show I attended, I have to admit it was overwhelming but it felt great to be available to experience these moments. The events were successful and I got to meet some amazing people along the way. I’m always grateful to meet such talented individuals at these events that can inspire me in any way. Can’t wait till the next one – check out the pics of the events below! Thank you, I appreciate you all!

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The models were looking fierce in John Ashford Shoes!

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Aren’t these amazing!

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I can’t believe I own these boots – They’re ridiculously hot!

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I think John Ashford boots were made so you can show off in them…sexy indeed!

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Love the Huberts Lemonade Shoes – Fabulous Job Mr. Ashford!

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Left: Photographer Jose Pagan and Shoe Designer John Ashford featuring photos of his shoes in the Who Wore That Magazine!

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Hubert Amazing Lemonade…love this stuff!

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I’m so glad I met you Mrs. Freeman-Parker – hope to see you again soon! It was lots of fun.

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Just a Quick Photo …Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get myself in a fashion pic with this lovely lady!

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Gotham – Isn’t this place amazing!

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All of the Santa Clara Moda Models had these gorgeous headpieces on…I wanted one so badly!

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Loved all of her flowy, princesslike, dresses…you can hardly see the bottom of this dress but it looked like it was adorned with sequin flowers.

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Love this patterned skirt and jacket

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Look who we found…Casanova from Project Runway Season 8! He’s such a nice guy in person..love him!

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Fashion Photog Alley – standing room only!

Well, there it is – my experience at fashion week and then some. On to the next one….I’m so excited!

COLOR BECOMES ME: MY OBSESSION WITH MAKEUP!

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Its all started when I was 12, color was everything to me. I can remember in school when my teacher would ask the class what colors we would like in folders or writing notebooks and I was always the odd ball. The kids in the class would pick beautiful pinks, red, blues, or purple and I was the only girl in class to pick yellow, orange, green or some whacky tacky color like that. I didn’t care, I was expressing my love for unconventional colors that most girls my age would have never picked to be their fave at the time. Was I an oddball or was it the start of something seriously obsessive?

Lets go back to when I remember it all started for me. Being 12 and living in NYC, I was constantly around color, makeup, and trendy stylish people. My first encounter with makeup was when I was allowed by my mother to wear colored lipgloss. Yeah, I considered that makeup and it made me feel all grown up and ladylike. I was so happy to have been allowed to wear it because it was the start of something big for me. As the years went by I experimented with more vibrant colors (I won’t post pics because I want to save myself the embarrassment) that I thought would look amazing on me. At the age of 17, I remember buying this beautiful blue Maybelline eyeshadow (haven’t seen that color since) – hey I thought It was going to bring out my light brown eyes. Needless to say, It was an awful choice and I was made fun of by other girls in high school because they thought it looked horrible on me and did nothing but make me look like a clown. Could it have been jealousy or was it really that bad? I’m really not sure but I loved that eyeshadow and I believed at the time that it looked beautiful on me. So I decided to experiment with more colors in makeup over the years – this is the beginning of my obsession with all things color and cosmetics.

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My childhood lip glosses looked like these. I thought I was grown with my new found glossy lips!

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My first eyeshadow was almost similar to this color and I was so in love with it. Haven’t see that exact same color in years.

Today I can truly say I’m a true makeup junkie, I collect makeup like I collect shoes, scarves, and handbags. Today’s makeup is nothing like the makeup from years ago. Nowadays you can find every and any color you are searching for versus ages ago where you only had the basic colors. There are so many brands/color varieties that its saturated the market and you almost need a makeup allowance to keep up with it all. Uhh Ohh, I think I gave myself an idea..Sephora and Ulta are already loving me.

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Eyeshadows in various colors…need a color I probably have it. This is only a portion of my collection!

Color is important but the patterns or the way they are presented to me are important also. Heres why – A while back, I went with a friend on a shopping trip and walked into the Vera Bradley store and boy were my eyes in for a shock. I mean I love color but jeez I felt like I had walked into the 70’s. I’m sorry, I know that there are those that love the Vera Bradley brand but her colorful merchandise really doesn’t appeal to me. I can never find a color pattern that I like in her items, although I did see a beautiful towel that was amazing and I need to go back and purchase it before I never see it again. Thats a first of me ever liking one of her items, the colors never seem to be right for me and they do not seem to go together…and those swirls and flowers Uggghhh! I will stop at that thought for now before I put my foot in my mouth LOL.

I love color but this is insane!

 I woite this blog post because of an epiphany while leaving the Ulta store. I walked in with the idea of taking advantage of a sale and walked out with a hundred dollars worth of makeup. What happened? Well I was asked by one of the ladies that worked there if I needed help and was given one of their complimentary makeovers and thats what did me in. Don’t get me wrong I love complimentary makeovers and I loved the way it looked on me. It gave me a dewy look and I was sold. I walked out with every item she applied on my face plus a few more non makeup items.  Did I need it, No! Did I want it, Yes! Heck, it made me look beautiful and thats what had me sold. Will I ever get tired of makeup, color patterns, and the beauty of it all? I probably will not and will continue to enjoy it for as long as I can. Its in me or should I say it becomes me and we become one.

As you can see here’s my problem, how can I walk into this store and not wanna buy everything….Ughh!

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Oh Ulta, I’m obsessed with you!

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My Ulta Purchase..plus that free glittery cute bag, love it!

Makeup for me is at times obsessive, expensive, and color crazy but I love it. Hey, how can you not love looking and feeling beautiful. Ladies do I really need help and is there any other female that can relate to my epiphany?