BEAUTY MAVEN, RAYYAN AKHDAR, LAUNCHES NAYYARA BEAUTY

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NEW YORK, NY– New York-based independent beauty expert and consultant, Rayyan Akhdar, announced today that she will be launching her own independent beauty brand, Nayyara Beauty in July. The highly sought after beauty creative will be hosting the brand’s debut event on July 19th in Brooklyn.

Rayyan Akhdar is quickly establishing herself as a “one to watch” for her talents with both hair and make-up within the fashion and beauty industries. ThePaul Mitchell trained beauty maven has had her work featured in publications including Cover Time and Who Wore That Magazines and has worked with established and emerging brands alike such as Ashley Stewart, Amber Poitier, Izavel Varela, the Underwraps Agency and Terilyn K Bridal.Rayyan’s work has also appeared on the runways of both New York and Full Figured Fashion Weeks.

“I actually started out in college as a pre-med major, but my true calling was cosmetology,” said Rayyan Akhdar. “I have always been a creative soul and was always experimenting with my sisters’ and friends’ hair and makeup. It just felt so natural to me and after touring Paul Mitchell, I realized that beauty was where my heart was and I had to follow it. That was the best decision I ever made. I fell in love!!! From there my passion for hair and makeup continued to blossom and that’s when Nayyara Beauty was born. I truly love what I do and I am extremely grateful to the talent God has gifted me with and want to continue to share my happiness with the world.

Nayyara Beauty, Akhdar’s start-up beauty brand, will debut later this month as a platform for her to showcase her work as well as a medium to share tips, recommendations, tutorials and more. Eventually Rayyan hopes to develop her own beauty line under the Nayyara Beauty name.

Rayyan will host a private, invitation only event in a picturesque loft in Brooklyn. The beautiful venue located at 161 Stockholm Street, will serve as a backdrop for the showcase of Ms. Akhdar’s work and the debut of the Nayyara brand.

For press inquiries or to RSVP, email Tamara@qmedia-pr.com.

 

ABOUT RAYYAN AKHDAR

Rayyan Akhdar is one of the beauty industry’s rising stars. With dual talents in both hair and makeup, Ms. Akhdar has quickly established herself as “one to watch.” Formally trained at Paul Mitchell the School in North Haven, CT, Rayyan’s worked has appeared in fashion and beauty publications across the country as well as on the catwalks of major industry events including New York Fashion Week and Full Figured Fashion Week. In July 2016, she launched her own independent brand, Nayyara Beauty.

 

ABOUT NAYYARA BEAUTY

Nayyara Beauty, is an independent start-up style brand started by Rayyan Akhdar. Launched in July 2016, Nayyara Beauty serves not only as a platform for Rayyan to showcase her work but as an outlet to share her tips, recommendations, tutorials and more. Eventually the beauty maven hopes to develop her own beauty line under the Nayyara Beauty name. For more information, visit, www.nayyarabeauty.com.

 

EMPOWERING WOMEN: Broadening the Definition of Beauty in Fashion and the Media

On the heels of adding author to her list of titles with the release of her debut book, The Art of Dressing Curves, celebrity stylist Susan Moses is now adding the distinguished position of advocate to her resume with the launch of Empowering Women NYC, a platform to advocate for the equal representation of ALL women in fashion, beauty and the media. The groundbreaking organization officially launched on Monday, May 9th with the “Body Inclusivity & Diversity Summit,” held in the most fitting of locations, the United Nations.

Susan gathered over 300 of fashion, beauty and the media’s top thought leaders and influencers to openly discuss how to be “agents of change,” and how to continue to democratize the industry that has slowly began changing its antiquated standards of what is deemed beautiful at the UN’s Prestigious Delegates Dining Room.

Guests of the inaugural Empowering Women NYC luncheon were first treated to the showing of the spring capsule collection of the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection which was held out on the terrace. The models for the show included the who’s who of the Curvy Girl lexicon including models Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine, bloggers GabiFresh and Nicolette Mason and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks, who served as the designer’s muse and closed the show.

Following the show, the afternoon’s epic agenda continued with the attendees listening to an eclectic mix of stellar speakers and panelists hailing from the fashion, beauty, creative and media worlds. Some of the diverse class of speakers included:

  • Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
  • Linda Heasley, Chief Executive Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Jill Scott, three-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter and Actress
  • Sherri Shepherd, Comedian, Actress and Host of The View
  • Emme, the first plus supermodel, Body Positive Activist
  • Ashley Graham, Model, Designer, Body Activist
  • Mikki Taylor, Author &  Editor at Large, Essence Magazine
  • Brian Beitler, Chief Marketing Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Christian Siriano, CFDA Designer
  • Danielle Brooks, Actress and Star of Orange is the New Black and Broadway’s Color Purple

Lane Bryant served as the afternoon’s title sponsor with other notable brands including Bond NO 9, MSA Models, True Model Management, Beauty Blender, Mattel, Decade Citizen, Yandy.com (whose Chief Marketing Officer Charley Clemens was on hand to fete the launch of Empowering Women NYC), EMME, Glamour Magazine, Ashay Media and Kusmi Tea.

When asked about her vision for Empowering Women NYC, Founder Susan Moses responded, “It’s imperative that we continue to nurture the value of all women equally regardless of size, age and ethnicity in fashion, beauty and the media at large.”

For more about Empowering Women NYC, visit http://susanmoses.com/empowering-women-nyc/.

For more about the Art of Dressing Curves, visit: http://susanmoses.com/the-art-of-dressing-curves/.

ABOUT SUSAN MOSES

Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist who has styled for numerous magazines, television shows, films, and red carpet events. Her clients include Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Kathy Bates, Wynonna Judd, Jill Scott, and many others. She is a former stylist for Mode magazine, was named one of the “Six Plus Fashion Power Players on the Rise” in Ebony, and has appeared on HSN to help the network’s plus-size audience dress. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information about Susan Moses, visit her website, www.susanmoses.com.

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CELEBRATING THE FULL SPECTRUM OF BEAUTY

Famed Photographer, Jose Pagan, to  Be a Part of Women’s History Month Showcase at Brooklyn’s Kalahari Gallery

 

New York fine art and fashion photographer, Jose Pagan, recently announced his inclusion in the upcoming BeautiFULL Spectrum exhibition at the Kalahari Gallery in Brooklyn. The exhibit, a selection of blacklight work showcasing the female form, goes on display in honor of Women’s History Month. The open reception takes place on March 18th.

A product of the cultural richness and vast talent that New York is known for, Jose Pagan has been garnering a great deal of attention in today’s market for his work as an artist and as a fashion photographer.  This month has been rather busy for Jose with a successful run of his Charkralicious exhibit in Harlem and sponsoring the photography for the runway debut of luxury plus designer, PLY Apparel during this past season of New York Fashion Week.

BeautiFULL Spectrum represents Pagan’s exploration into the “unseen.”  Combining the beauty of the feminine form and his experimentation with the blacklight photo technique, he was able to “shed a visible light into an invisible world.” Featuring bodies of all shapes and sizes as well as colors and creeds, the exhibit shares with the audience, a human experience—frozen in time.

“It pleases me to honor the female form in all its diversity and who it represents– a blessing from the Creator,” Jose Pagan recently said when asked about his choice to participate in the Women’s History Month exhibition at the Kalahari Gallery.

The opening reception for BeautiFULL Spectrum will take place from 6 to 8pm on Friday, March 18th at the Kalahari Gallery, located at 1101 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. To RSVP, contact Angela Hope Weusi at 917.757.0170 or Jose Pagan at 917.361.5305. For media inquiries, contact Tamara Walker at tamara@qmedia-pr.com.

 

ABOUT JOSE PAGAN

Jose Pagan is a New York-based fine art and fashion photographer known for his eclectic and creative vision. A product of the culturally rich landscape of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Pagan has been using his dynamic talent to take the market by storm. His work has graced the pages of both high fashion and niche editorial publications around the world including ELLE Brazil, PLUS Model Magazine, Designer Original and Music Insider Magazines. Jose has worked with some of the industry’s most innovative brands including Adrian Alicea and the Underwraps Agency (the world’s first Muslim and modest modeling agency) but all the while still making the time to give back through his work with such charitable groups as Hunks4Hope (anti-domestic violence) and with the X Collective, the non-profit arts organization where he is also a board member. His artist endeavors are routinely on display at galleries around the city. For more information about Jose Pagan, visit. www.paganphotography.org.

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Seen on the Scene: E2 NORTHEAST MOTORSPORTS

In June, E2 Northeast Motorsports (the first multicultural competitive racing team in NASCAR) made an appearance at the BODY SCULPT of New York Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo held at Brooklyn’s Boys & Girls High School.

Kids (and adults alike) got a chance to get up close and personal with the young racing team and its owner, Melissa Harville-Lebron and got a chance to sit behind the wheel of a real race car!

From Left to Right: E2 Northeast Motorsports Team: Eric Lebron, Tyler Gallup, Enico Lebron and team owner, Melissa Harville-Lebron

From Left to Right: E2 Northeast Motorsports Team: Eric Lebron, Tyler Gallup, Enico Lebron and team owner, Melissa Harville-Lebron

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NEW YORK CITY— Brooklyn-based fashion brand, Amirah Creations, announced recently that her Spring/Summer 2014 collection will debut during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York later this month. Featuring the modest yet edgily sophisticated designs of ingénue, Nailah Lymus, the highly anticipated presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Alchemical Theatre, located at 104 W 14th Street in the city’s trendy West Village.

Known for creating modest yet fashion forward apparel, Amirah Creations is an established brand who has successfully shown collections around the United States and most recently in Indonesia. The brand targets women who seek quality fabrications, great fit, en trend styling all the while conforming to a more modest style of dress. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection, entitled Equanimity, is inspired by a woman who leads a stress free, fashionable life. She cares about her presentation, making a statement with her style yet refused to make things complicated and uncomfortable. She will not be identified as a follower but rather defined by her individuality. The collection is for women in all stages of life…mother, wife, career woman, socialite and of course…fashionista.

This season, Nailah Lymus will be co-presenting her collection with Australian-based designer Amalina Aman. Showcasing her self-titled line, Amalina is well known throughout Asia and Australia for creating beautiful, feminine and modest yet chic clothing. Drawing inspiration from cultural (Malay/Cocos/Australian) and familial ties, Aman will debut her collection entitled Enchanting Romance. This particular collection was inspired by history, nature and art. Amalina find the motivation for her fashion from everything around—from works of art in a museum to the beaches of her native Keeling Island to her mother and grandmother who serve as her muses.  Amalina Aman is for today’s woman.

Nailah Lymus, who in addition to being a designer is the founder of modest modeling agency, Underwraps Agency (www.theunderwrapsagency.com) is casting and producing this season’s presentation. Both designers have teamed with the famed Japanese creative services agency, Augment (http://augment.cc), who will be creating hair and make-up magic for the showcase.

Amirah Creations and Amalina Aman will be available for view by invitation only at 12:30pm. The public is invited to view the collection and shop the Fall 2014 collections at 4pm.

For information about the designers, email tamara@sienamediagrp.com or to RSVP, please contact events@sienamediagrp.com.

 

THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ARE IN!

THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ARE IN!

Brooklyn’s Aiesha Turman and the Black Girl Project are celebrating today with news that they have been nominated for a Ujima Award

The Ujima Awards are given to an individual, group, or organization who has made significant contributions above and beyond to the empowering and advancement of the community.

Congratulations to the Black Girl Project!

MORE THAN A PRETTY YOUNG THING

The Black Girl Project has announced the date of their 2nd Annual Sisterhood Summit.

The Black Girl Project Announces the Date for its Second Summit

 

BROOKLYN, NY – SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 — Brooklyn-based non-profit, the Black Girl Project (www.blackgirlproject.org), announced today that the organization will host its second “Sisterhood Summit” on October. Hosted by the BGP founder, Aiesha Turman, the day of workshops and seminars will continue its format as a symposium designed to provide a platform for young women and girls to develop the tools to advocate, express, create and inspire each other. The Sisterhood Summit will also serve as a means to build active and sustainable networks on local, national and global levels. The event will take place on Saturday, October 27 at the State University of New York- Empire State College  Brooklyn Campus.

“This year’s summit was planned based on feedback and the bits of conversation we were able to glean from last year’s attendees,” Aiesha said. “We have a lot in store for both youth and adults — parents, educators and caregivers — and we’re excited that there will be more intergenerational exchanges.”

This year’s symposium is themed: PYT: Pleasure, Youth & Transformation. Inspired by last year’s summit experience, the theme will have participants explore the deeper themes of sex, sexuality, intimacy, love and identity and how these issues resonate in the lives of young women and girls, their communities and popular culture. The purpose of the summit is to give the participants an opportunity to engage in dialogue and interactive workshops that will allow them to question, discuss viewpoints and deepen their awareness and insight. This year, Turman and her team have created a section of the summit dedicated solely to the parents and other adult caretakers in the attendees’ lives. The Black Girl Project firmly believes in the importance of providing a space for a diversity of perspectives to encourage growth as sharing views and ideas lead to enrichment, transformation and understanding.

Interested in attending this year’s Black Girl Project Sisterhood Summit? Online registration is available here:  http://blackgirlproject.wufoo.com/forms/sisterhood-summit-participant-registration/.

 

About The Black Girl Project Sisterhood Summit 2012


BGP’s annual Sisterhood Summit is situated in BGP’s mission to empower young women and girls to navigate the challenging social issues they are faced with around sex, sexuality, and gender by providing a safe environment for them to connect and collaborate with peers, investigate, innovate and explore; in order to educate themselves, educate others, and take action.

About The Black Girl Project


The Black Girl Project is the outreach arm of the film of the same name. The mission of The Black Girl Project is to use the issues discussed in the film–Identity, Obstacles, Goals, Love & Sex, Family and the Media–to help build critical thinking, inspire dialogue and empower young women and girls. For more information, visit us at blackgirlproject.org.

*The Sisterhood Summit is open to all people who identify as Black and women and/or girls and is inclusive of transgender women and girls as well as people who identify with any femininity/femmeness/etc. spectrum.

 

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