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.

 

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HONORING THE PLUS PIONEERS

 

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Full Figured Fashion Week to Pay Tribute to Plus Runway Icons With Legends Showcase

NEW YORK, NY–Gwen DeVoe, Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®), announced today that the annual week-long curve centric fashion and lifestyle event will be hosting a special showcase that pays homage to the plus icons that blazed trails on the catwalk.  The runway show, entitled the Legends Showcase, will take place on June 16th at 404 NYC in Manhattan.

“It’s important that we honor and showcase the women who were the trailblazers for the  curvy faces that have become household names today,” says DeVoe, who herself was a former plus model. “It is important to the history of the industry to know the names and faces of the icons who took the first steps down the catwalk and broadened the definition of beauty in fashion all those years ago.”

The “Legends” runway show will feature some of the women who paved the way for the equal modeling opportunity for the plus models of today including:

    • Emme, the first plus size supermodel
    • Sharon Quinn, former Wilhelmina model, contestant on Mo’nique’s FAT Chance
    • Lisa Scott,  former IPM model
    • Alexandra Boos, former plus model turned writer and actress
    • Chyna McGarity, former MSA model
    • Kim Baker, former Wilhelmina model now celebrity makeup artist
    • Terri Murray, plus size intimates fit model signed with Ford
    • Wyinnetka Aaron, Dorothy Coombs model

The Legends Showcase also marks the return of Lane Bryant to Full Figured Fashion Week as a sponsor after a brief hiatus.

For more information about the Legends Showcase or to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite here.

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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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FIT FOR ME by FRUIT OF THE LOOM RETURNS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK (FFFWEEK®) 2016

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NEW YORK, NY—MARCH 28, 2016Gwendolyn DeVoe, the Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®), announced that Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom is returning as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 edition of the plus centric fashion event taking place this June in New York City. This marks the brand’s second year in this marques role.

“We are happy that Fit for Me has agreed to partner with us again this year,” says Ms. DeVoe. “As our presenting sponsor, we believe their brand matches perfectly with our event because of their overall mission of providing quality, great fitting products that empower women from the inside out.”

As the returning sponsor, Fit for Me will showcase the latest prints, patterns and colors from the line during the retailers’ fashion showcase. Also, along with celebrity stylist and spokesperson Denise Caldwell, the brand will delight media and event attendees with focused events throughout the week focused on sharing expert advice on how “a great look starts with a great foundation” and embracing your curves while doing so.

Fruit of the Loom is thrilled to be a part of Full Figured Fashion Week for the second year in a row,” said Karen Kendrick, VP Brand Communications & Creative Services. “Together with the Full Figured Fashion Week team, Fit for Me hopes to empower women to celebrate their curves by providing them a variety of silhouettes designed exclusively with them in mind.”

Launched in 2009, FFFWeek® has grown from what was then a bold step to support the plus size fashion movement to what is now a revolutionary weeklong event with over 100 partners including sponsors designers, retailers, bloggers, small businesses and other industry professionals from across the country and around the world. Full Figured Fashion Week features a full schedule of events including of fashion shows, networking events, business development workshops, concerts and more – all catering to the plus community.  FFFWeek® 2016 runs from June 12th through the 18th.

For more information on Full Figured Fashion Week and the full schedule of events for this season, please visit the website atwww.fffweek.com.
ABOUT FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK®
Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®) is produced by DeVoe Signature Events (DSE), a boutique events management company with an extensive background in the production of fashion-related events and a strong and effective mix of proven plus industry experience and success. With over 20 years of fashion event production in the plus size industry, Full Figured Fashion Week and DSE continue to receive accolades throughout the plus community and national and international media coverage of the event. For more information on Full Figured Fashion Week, visit http://www.fffweek.com.

ABOUT FRUIT OF THE LOOM

Fruit of the Loom knows the power of positive underwear. That’s why we’ve been helping families pull on a daily pick-me-up for over 160 years. We make colorful, smile-inducing, clothes with fits that won’t quit. And we’re wallet-friendly too. From hipsters to hoodies, boxers to bras, and sleepwear to socks, our clothes are made so you can grab the world by the waistband and start your day happy. For more information on Fruit of the Loom, visit http://www.fruit.com.

 

 

EVENT: FASHION WORKSHOP- LEARN ABOUT CULTURE & DIVERSITY THROUGH FASHION

 

 

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Style Maven, Nailah Lymus, To Lead Workshop at Children’s Museum of Manhattan As Part of New Exhibit on Muslim Culture

Visitors to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s newest exhibit, “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far”, are in for a special treat this weekend. As part of the exhibition that opened last month designed to introduce children and their families to the diverse Muslim communities around the world and right here in New York, kids ages 5 and older will get to participate in two hands-on workshops where they will get to create a unique design and style a new look using paper models, fabric and gems with Brooklyn based fashion maven, Nailah Lymus. Children will explore different designs of head coverings called hijabs (head wraps and scarves worn by women) and kufis (brimless round caps worn by men) and learn about folding and draping fabrics. Nailah will walk the children through the basic design process and share her experiences as a Muslim fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Nailah Lymus, a well know fashion designer and stylist whose work has been seen on the runways ofNew York Fashion Week and Jakarta International Fashion Week as well as in the pages of such top tier publications as Elle Brazil and Time Magazine, launched Underwraps, the first Muslim and Modest modeling agency in 2011. Lymus’ fashion talents and Islamic cultural background were tapped by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for the American Home area of the exhibition where several hijabs she styled are on display. The America to Zanzibar exhibit will run through February 2017.

The workshops will take place on Sunday, March 20th. The workshops are included with museum admission. Visitors can sign up to participate upon arrival. For more information, visitwww.cmom.org/visit/calendar.

DATE:                        Sunday, March 20th, 2016

TIME:                         2:00pm and 3:00pm

VENUE:                     Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd Street, New York, NY

ADMISSION:          12 for adults and children over 12 months of age.

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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INDULGING IN PARADISE

SULA NYC Launches Home Fragrance Collection Featuring Scented Candles, Room Sprays and Diffusers

SULA NYC, the organic argan oil based beauty brand, recently announced its foray into the lifestyle arena with the launch of a line of scented candles, room sprays and diffusers.  The lifestyle collection began selling this month on the brand’s website, www.sulanyc.com.

SULA NYC is known for high quality, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients which it is now bringing to its home fragrance collection. Like its beauty collections, the lifestyle products will feature ingredients sourced from around the world coupled with Swiss made scents allowing consumers to “transform any space into a paradise for the senses,” with long lasting sensual fragrances. The premier collection will feature the three scents the brand is known for: Tokyo Moonlight (a gentle blend of jasmine, white ginger, teak and amber), Amazon Dew (a lush blend of wild orchid, fresh lilies, green tea, and Jacaranda wood) and SULA NYC’s signature scent, Fruit of Desire (a fragrant blend of osmanthus, bergamot, mandarin and ylang ylang flowers). Each item within the lifestyle collection retails for under $50. SULA NYC has partnered with a sleep and loungewear designer on sleep masks and headbands made of 100% Peruvian Pima cotton as part of the new line of gift sets that will debut in April 2016.

To shop the SULA NYC Lifestyle collection, visit www.sulanyc.com/collections.

 

ABOUT SULA NYC

SULA NYC is beauty and lifestyle brand featuring organic and natural ingredients sustainably sourced from around the world. The boutique brand has a well-established presence in throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. In 2014, SULA NYC JAPAN opened two day spas in Tokyo and Kyoto. SULA NYC SURINAME will be launching a day spa in late 2016 as part of the Jacana eco-resort in Paramaribo. For more information about SULA NYC, visit www.sulanyc.com.

 

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