When a woman reminisces about her first pair of shoes, she usually waxes poetic about her first pair of heels. Yet, there’s something about the memory of your first pair of kicks that sparks up a wave of nostalgia. Whether you broke them for special occasions like the first day or school or wore them out while hanging around the block, they bring that perfect blend of style and swagger that’ll wrap your look up to a tee. So, take a minute today to give props to the first and fabulous pair of sneaks in your life.
I wanted to post this fashion video yesterday from the TODAY show. Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway stopped by and dished on his makeup line with Victoria’s Secret (*oh.kay.*) and some cute Fall fashion trends.
Applause and standing ovation for Aminat Ayinde from season 12 of America’s Next Top Model. This Lavish Lady courageously put her body on display in the complete raw, sans makeup to prove that the pictures in magazines are touched up and altered to make the model look perfect, something she says that her and so many other models really aren’t. Aminat, along with members of The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) was apart of a special show covering body image during BET’s 106 & Park that aired July 30. So many young women and girls strive to obtain an unrealistic body weight plus an image free from flaws, which only ends up in them damaging their self-esteem and questioning their self-worth.
Aminat may not have won the top model spot, but for this bold move, she’s a top model in my book.
Sudanese sensation and supermodel Alek Wek first piqued our interest and stole our hearts with her artsy beauty when she took to the runways in 1995. Discovered at an outside London market by a modeling scout, Alek first gained attention in the music video “Golden Eye” by Tina Turner. She quickly gained supermodel status once she entered the world of high fashion. Going on to sign with Ford Models in 1996, Alek was soon after named “Model of the Year” by MTV in 1997. She has since appeared in ads for Issey Miyake and Victoria’s Secret, as well as walked the runways for many top designers like Calvin Klein, Donna Karen, and John Galliano. From the catwalk to the big screen, Alek played the role of a Sudanese princess in the movie The Four Feathers in 2002.
Alek has not always lived a lavish life. One of nine children born in Wau located in the southern Sudan, her family had fled to Britain to escape civil war between Sudanese Muslims and Christians. Her story is told in her autobiography, Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel.
As if that is not enough, she is also a designer of handbags called Wek 1933, and a member of the U.S. Committee for Refugees’Advisory Council, helping to bring awareness to the dilemma of refugees globally.