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My Teen Vogue Story

My Experience 

Before Instagram and Pinterest were introduced to world,  Teen Vogue, along with Vogue, Elle, Grazia and other fashion/art like magazines were my only source for inspiration. 

Also I noticed, when it comes to magazines, I prefer to go to the shops and buy the actual magazine or order it, if i cant find it than to read it all online, even though it is easier with technology. 

I have been collecting it for the past 8 years, which means I have about 96 issues.
(12 issues per year x 8 years= 96 issues).  
My first issue that I ever bought was in 2008 and Rachel Bilson was on the cover.

Vogue Italia Event 2013 

In 2013 when I was interning at Esquire Middle East , I had the chance to the first Vogue Italia's Fashion Experience at Dubai Mall. At this event, it included a press conference for the media at Burj Khalifa, fashion show in Dubai Mall with various up and coming designers from around the globe and other store events. 

Throughout the event, I saw designers, models such as Naomi Campbell , who was sitting 2 rows in front of me and fashion editors and bloggers, like Derek  Blasberg, a former writer for Teen Vogue. 
I was so happy to meet him in person and tell him how much of a fan I was of his book.

To find out more about the event, click the link bellow.

Muslim and Black Beauty Awareness in Teen Vogue

Since i've been collecting Teen Vogue for years, I have seen a progression in the content they have created in the magazine. By that I mean, they are now including designers, bloggers, musicians, creatives..etc from different backgrounds and religious beliefs and I am so happy that they are doing this and I strongly believe they should continue to do so. 

As a young, black, muslim woman, I say this, because there aren't many magazines out there that celebrate this factor and I think this is important to show this and to inspire young black/muslim children.

These are the articles I am talking about; 

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Chasing Destiny: Mayah Denyelle Q&A

As I mentioned before, Kelly Rowland  has started her search with next biggest girl group on her show, Chasing Destiny.

For the past few weeks, I have tuned into every episode and I have to say, I have never seen so many talented female vocalists on one show.
With any show that is  like this, its inevitable that some of them didn't make the final cut and to those females I wish them all the best and to not give up and keep striving.

But to the girls, who did make it to the girl group, I will say this; You have one of the best female minds, who was in one of the biggest girl groups in history, mentoring you. Watch her very closely, listen to everything she says and stay true to yourself!

One of my favourites, who unfortunately didn't it to the group and I was absolutely devastated was  Mayah Dyson from Woodbridge, Virginia.
Before Chasing Destiny,  she was a sophomore at Berklee College of Music. People such as Quincy Jones and John Mayer are alumnus.

Here was her audition clips;

Q & A

Since I am all the way in UK  at the moment, I reached out to Mayah to see if she could so a quick Q & A for Urbanista. This is what she had to say;

1. When did you start singing? 
I started singing when I was 7. I started out in church, singing in the youth choir. I didn't get really serious about my music career until I was 14
2. If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 
If I could collaborate with any artist right now it would be Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, or Brandy!! I've been studying them for years!

3. How would you describe your personal style? 

My personal style changes a lot, it really just depends on how I am feeling in the moment! I like a lot of earth tone colors!

4. What's one thing you can't live without? 

One thing I can't live without... MUSIC!

5. Do you have any advice or aspiring musicians?

my advice for aspiring musicians would be to take a leap of faith! Trust in God and in your talent and you will reach your goal. Never give up on your dream :)

Make sure you follow her on twitter @Xtreme_Ambition and also go buy her new single:
"Dont Cry" which is available on iTunes.
Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-cry-single/id1114974586

Website: https://www.mayahdenyelle.com/

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Powerful Words from Kanye West on Ellen

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YouTube Collection

Ever since I moved back to UK, I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos and they have made me become more motivated in life and inspired me to create more artwork!

So to these YouTubers;
( Note: I have included links to their vlog and main channels. Also I have included some Artworks inspired by them.)

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/IISuperwomanII
Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperwomanVlogs

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/fouseyTUBE
Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/user/DOSEofFOUSEY

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/swoozie06

Alex Wassabi 
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/hoiitsroi
Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/user/alexxwassabi

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LaurDIY

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/lazyronstudios

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/aynakoitsroi

Main Channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/marmarchanmar

Adam Saleh 
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TrueStoryASA
Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/user/ASAvlogs

Main Channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/SlimmySlim94

Tootsie Time 
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/dainaclarke

Alyssia Forever 
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CurlyByNature21

SBTV Jamal Edwards 
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/smokeybarz

Curly Hair YouTubers

The following YouTubers, I have already given them a shoutout on here;
(Link: http://urbanistafashionblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/curly-hair-youtubers.html )

 But make sure you subscribe to their channels :)

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Luhhsettyxo

Curly Penny- 
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CurlyPenny

Shameless Maya 
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/shamelessmaya

Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe5mzleXyv0-YCqaSuvnq3Q

Uk Curly Girl
Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/UKCurlyGirl

      To finish off, I wanted to say; Thank You for re inspiring me and I will continue to support you. :)

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To show more encouragement to young black women, Essence Magazine have started a new docuseries called "Black Girl Magic" which is being directed by Laurie Thomas, a film maker from New York.

This series is following the lives of young black women in America, who I would call young leaders and want to change to world with their talents & beliefs.

"ESSENCE celebrates the young women shaping our future and pays tribute to the #BlackGirlMagic movement through visual storytelling..."

Episode 1:  "Meet Artist and Activist Sage Adams"
For this episode, Essence shines a light on the 18 year old  Sage Adams, who is an artist and activist from Brooklyn.  

Click here to watch : http://bcove.me/z5mv2od8

She is also part of the collective Artho Collective. This collective is known as 
" A group of young creatives making a digital platform for underreprested artists to show their work.". This is is something that I celebrate and support because there are so many neglacted, talented, young, black artists out there and this collective not only celebrates it, it embraces and make you feel part of a community.

Click here to watch : http://bcove.me/xf4hpz6t

Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arthoecollective/

Episode 2 :  Ammarah Haynes

This next episode introduces us to this young girl, Ammarah Haynes, who happens to be a young muslim teen living in America trying to change peoples perspective and stereotypes about muslims and Islam.

Click here to watch : http://bcove.me/kelnbzvu

As a muslim myself, I feel so strongly about this and I want people to have a different perspective on muslims. Not all muslims are bad. It's only a small number of people over the years, who have given all muslims a stereotypical image, that we are all terrorists, which we are not. In Islam, it is writen that

"...whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. " - Qur'an 5:32

Make sure you watch the rest of the docuseries on Essence Magazine Online.
Link: http://www.essence.com/package/black-girl-magic

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Views From The 6 Thoughts

Views From The 6 by Drake has been officially released.
This is Drake's sixth album, with 20 song and it includes singles such as Hotline Bling, One Dance and Pop Style. 

Prior to the release, Drake did an interview with Zane Lowe in Toronto to talk about his recording process, what is next for him and The Young Money  ( ie Birdman, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj).

Drake explains that this particular album, compared his other albums was inspired by his hometown of Toronto  and the change of season in the city. 

"The album is based around the change of the season in our city. 
It starts around in wintertime. Starts with “Keep The Family Close.” 
Winter to summer and back to winter again. It’s just to show you the two extreme moods that we have.." 

Click bellow to listen to the full interview

My Views

 From what I have heard from the album, it combines a mix of everything; from ballads to dancehall.

As a creative, this shows me that Drake doesn't limit his music style to one genre. It shows that he can be more versatile and create better and more unique songs.

So far, I would have to say these are my favourite songs;

1. Controlla
2. Weston Road Flows
3. Redemption 
4.  One Dance
5. Too Good ft Rihanna

Go support the OVO Sound and Drake by purchasing this album on iTunes.

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I would say for any female growing up, Prom is one of the biggest events to happen in your life time.
It's almost as big as your wedding and having your first child, for the reason of a lot of planning goes into what you wear on that day.

Some people spend months of their high school year, planning what they will wear. they would search through fashion magazines, websites, even dress shops to find the right dress/tux.

I would advice anyone who is currently looking for their prom dress, to search online to get an idea of the latest trends and see what suits you.
 Here are some websites that I would recommend;

This is a website is a great place for you to choose the perfect tux for prom without any hassle.

All you have to do is select your favorite pieces from their tuxedo rental collection, give them your measurements – which you can take yourself– and they'll send you your tuxedo and accessories with plenty of time before the event!

To find out more information, please visit their website and see how they can help you prepare for prom.
Link: https://theblacktux.com/prom

My  Prom Experience
For me, Prom was defiantly of one of the highlights from my final year in school.
When I decided what to wear, I read through Teen Vogue and Seventeen magazine to see what the last trends were.

( Note: This was before Instagram and Pinterest were available)

 I even visited a few shops in the area such as  Debenhams, Monsoon, Next and House of Frazer  to see what they had available in the Formal Dress department.

In the end, I ended up purchasing a maxi dress from Ted Baker. At that time, I wasn't looking for something over the top. I wanted something simple and for me to wear for other occasions, which I believe is the key to looking for formal attire. Always look for something practical, that you know you can wear for other occasions. Don't go all out on something you can only wear once.

Here are a few images from my Prom back in 2010

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