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10 Year Old Clothing Designer Talks Debuting at New York Fashion Week & Being Bullied (WATCH)

July 20th, 2016 - By jade
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Egypt “Ify” Ufele is a 10-year old fashion designer who was bullied in school because she was overweight due to taking steroids for severe asthma. As a result, she started a non-profit Bullychasers and her clothing line ChubiiLine to bring awareness and help other kids that are being bullied. Egypt has a clothing line for kids, women, and men. On top of all of that she also has a dog AND a doll collection. Can you tell us what you were doing at 10?

Check out the video above to hear her story and see her in action creating a garment. We were also in attendance at the 2016 Full Figured Fashion Week Runway show where she received the Junior Trailblazer of the Year Award and deservingly received a standing ovation.

Egypt’s clothes are available via online and in the following stores:

  • Dr. Jays
  • Macy’s
  • Rainbow

Follow Egypt on Instagram to shadow her journey.


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Leomie Anderson Defies The Odds With ‘Black Model Survival Kit’

March 6th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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When it comes to calling out the not-so equal opportunity fashion world, British-born, New York City-based model Leomie Anderson has no problem whatsoever sharing her personal gripes with the industry she has a love/hate-like relationship with.

Recently, while wrapping up a hectic week-long journey of New York Fashion Week, the 20-something model took to her personal blog, Cracked China Cup, for a mini rant of what most of us have already either experiencing in our personal lives (as black women) or heard through the grapevine.

To begin, Anderson used Twitter as an outlet to engage her followers for the blog post that would ensue. “Had to ask her straight ‘do you have foundation for my skin tone orrrr?”, she tweeted in regards to the makeup artist that she was working with before storming the runway. “My girl started sweating and said ‘I like to mix brands.'”

“Don’t tell me you’ve been a makeup artist for ten years yet your fingers develop a stutter when I mention brightening my complexion… WE NEED MORE MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIR WHO ARE COMPETENT WITH ALL RACES BACKSTAGE AT SHOWS,” she continued.

The Victoria’s Secret model went onto channel those same feelings in a video called “Black Model Survival Kit,” with the goal of helping others “survive the black model mishaps that you come up against.”

Press play on the video above and get into Leomie’s “most cherished products” that have saved her from Fashion Week mishaps.

Yay For Progress! This Was The Most Diverse New York Fashion Week In Years

February 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Just last year, Bethann Hardison, a former fashion model who has spoken only about her fight to diversify the fashion world (including increasing the number of opportunities for women of color to walk the runway), explained why she doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.

“I noticed that when I took my foot off the gas for about three years, everything went completely backwards. Now I realize it’s got to stay on. I’ve gotta keep calling people out. You gotta keep nudging them.”

Well, maybe all that nudging worked because according to a survey of 120 shows done by, this most recent New York Fashion Week was the most diverse in years. Of course, a majority of the models were still White (68.1 percent), but progress was made, with non-White models making up 31.9 percent of the women walking in NYFW shows. That number is up from the 28.4 percent of non-White models who did their thing in shows during Fashion Week in September and is much higher than Spring 2015 shows, which only included a dismal 20.9 percent of models of color.

Those who made an effort to switch it up include Zac Posen (whose show featured a majority of Black women), Chromat, Brandon Maxwell, Sophie Theallet and Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show, which included no White models. Still, big names like A.P.C. and Rachel Zoe were on the opposite end of the diversity spectrum, with their shows having some of the smallest numbers in non-White models. Zoe came in at 10 percent after only having two non-White models out of 20.

And in reference to that Zac Posen show, while some trolls did come out to slam it online, his decision to use more models of color on the runway sent a major message that he was proud to make clear: “Black models matter.”

Not only that but Posen’s inspiration for his new line was Uganda’s Elizabeth of Toro. And because she was his muse, it only made sense for Posen to have models who reflect her strength and beauty. He says the addition of Black models, 25 out of 33 featured, made the collection all the more “striking,” as he told CNN.

“Within this global environment – diversity is very important and it is something that has always been equally important to me as well as a key component of my collections whether it is shapes, sizes or skin color.”

Kudos to Posen, and all the designers who were more inclusive this New York Fashion Week. But here’s to hoping that diversity will also include changing up the size of women who walk on the runway. Sophie Theallet and Chromat included multiple plus-size models in their shows, but that’s about it. Either way, let’s hope the positive changes continue in the fashion world and the world as a whole.


Rihanna’s Next PUMA Installment Is Reportedly Headed To NYFW

November 28th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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#THECREEPER returns with new colors and men’s sizes! #FENTYXPUMA #AvailableAtMIDNIGHT

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2016 is bound to a be big year for global pop sensation Rihanna.

From teasing her faithful #Navy with her eighth studio album ANTI to gearing up for a world tour featuring Travis $cott, The Weeknd and Big Sean to creating her very own talent agency, chick has a lot of exciting ventures lined up in the near future.

Recently, it has been reported that Rih Rih is adding yet another bullet point to her laundry list of ideas for the new year and it includes her position PUMA’s global brand ambassador and women’s creative director. Aside from her wildly popular PUMA Creepers that have been selling out in just minutes upon arrival, the “Presh Out The Runway” singer is reportedly planning to debut a new PUMA collection at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2016.

According to Fashion Bomb Daily, the show will feature her entire collaboration with the apparel and footwear company that has been a huge success and revived the brand’s presence. In addition to reports, Rihanna’s own website for her Clara Lionel Foundation actually unveiled the exciting news, as the foundation will auction off one ticket to the fashion show for a lucky fan–the starting bid is a steep $15K so may the best #Navy faithful win.

The package includes a business class flight to New York City for two nights, a pre-show styling package; backstage access following the show; an invitation to the afterparty; one of each style of the entire Fall 2016 Rihanna x PUMA collection; an autographed pair of her PUMA Creepers and much more.

Sounds like Rihanna is pulling out all the stops for this runway show, and we already know the fashions will be top notch.


Instagram Glam: Some Of The Best Street Style Looks From New York Fashion Week 2015

September 16th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Dandies and dandies #gqinsider #GQFW #day2 #nyfw

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New York Fashion Week 2015 is in full swing, and serious style moments aren’t happening solely on the runway. People are making major statements on the streets, moving to and from a variety of fashion shows. When it comes to New York Fashion Week, the sartorially gifted are all about stepping out in style. Check out these amazing street style looks, including hot hair and makeup moments from the week so far.

New York Fashion Week Men’s Hires More Models Of Color Than Ever Before

July 18th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Men’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW) occurred this week and was met with rave reviews. With designers like Rag & Bone, Richard Chai and Public School revealing their exclusive Spring/Summer 2016 collection, viewers got a peek on the upcoming trends, along with diverse eye candy.

The Huffington Post reports at the time of their published article on the various fashion show events (July 13), over 90 models had appeared throughout the Men’s NYFW. Designer Todd Snyder told the media outlet, “My collections are diverse, my travel is diverse, my outlook is global. My runway is reality.”

However, Snyder’s reality is not shared with the NYFW for women, that occurs twice a year (February and September).

That particular fashion week is going on its 20-plus year stretch and lacks terribly in hiring models of color. Jezebel reported during the Fall/Winter 2014 season, there were only 21 percent of 4,621 female models who were non-white. The percentage became significantly lower for the Spring 2015 shows and London, Milan and Paris’s Fashion Weeks.

Fashion activist Bethann Hardison believes designer clothing for men makes a point of reaching a broader audience but its business is not as strong as women’s fashion. Hardison also says more money pours into the women runaway shows so there can be more exposure for designers who are trying to reach an influential female audience. Because of this, the fight for diversity is a challenge.

Hardison’s comments suggest that white beauty archetypes are highly regarded in the women’s fashion world. For inclusion to happen, some designers will have to let go of the belief that their brands will become tarnished by diversity.

She Be Killin It: Brown Girls Slaying at NYFW 2014

September 12th, 2014 - By Rich
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For as long as fashion has been around it has catered to a specific type of audience and clientele (or so it was thought). The scene at showed the world that fashion was decidedly saturated towards one body type / perspective for many years. Fast forward to the new millennia in which we live and now it seems the roles are reversed and ‘street style’ is having more of a profound presence on the runways and in the seats lining the catwalk. And it’s not just the models of color that are infiltrating the runways.

As bloggers are gaining more and more respect among the fashion elite, the scene outside Lincoln Center is decidedly getting a little more colorful and we couldn’t be happier about. Influencers from all corners of the world showed up and showed out! Everyone from magazine and blog editors, to buyers, photographers and fashion fans made it a point to let their style speak for them. Here we’ve compiled a few of our favorite street style snaps from the week long fashion fest. Tell us, which are your faves?

She Be Killin It: 10 Brown Girls Slaying at NYFW 2014

Bukola Are Brings Her Latest Collection HVS DeLuxe 15 To New York Fashion Week

September 12th, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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HVSGoldChromeTee1The modern day fashionista: Sophisticated. Self-assured. Playful. Bold. These words are used to describe the House of Versatile Styles woman and the young female fashion designer and creative director of the fashion line itself, Bukola Are. Her new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, HVS DeLuxe 15, features African, European, and American-inspired dresses, tops, and bottoms. But the road to showcasing a fashion collection at New York Fashion Week is paved with more than passion and peplum. There is also hard work, sacrifice, ambition, faith, a willingness to listen to your instincts, and a dash of luck to lean on. We sat down with Are after her recent NYFW presentation to get an idea of how she went from a teen with fashion dreams to the self-made style entrepreneur she is today.

HVS LogoMadameNoire: Congratulations on your Spring/Summer 2015 collection! Where are you from originally?

Bukola Are: I was born in the United States. I went to elementary school back home [in Lagos, Nigeria] and then came here for college for my love of fashion.

MN: What inspired you to start a career in fashion design?

BA: I always had this desire to make things look beautiful.  I started my path in fashion design doing a fashion show in college. People gravitated to it and loved it. I received enough support for me to keep going!

MN: What did your business plan for HVS look like? Did you have one at all? Did you start off with a lot of capital?

Are: No, I did not have a lot of startup funds. I actually started with nothing. I was 17 and ambitious. I had huge dreams, so I did what I saw on TV. I created my own board room in my little apartment, in the living room, and gave all my friends a position in my company.

MN: What were some of the business-related obstacles you faced in building your own fashion line from the ground up?

Are: Knowledge. There are so many things I wish I was exposed to earlier on. In order to be successful in this industry, you have to understand the business of fashion. At the time, I was more driven by passion and the excitement of sharing my work with an audience.

MN: What are the major components, in your opinion, that one must have to begin a career in fashion?   

Are: There are many opportunities in the fashion industry. It’s important to figure out what area one would like to specialize in. Some people are lucky enough to work in different areas of the industry. For example, in addition to being the head designer at HVS, I also work as a Creative Director at a creative firm I founded called Of A Kind Creatives.  


MN: What are the most essential personality attributes, in your opinion, required to be a skilled fashion designer?

Are: I am completely self-taught, and I believe that you must be realistic enough to be honest with yourself and humble, but aggressive enough to get the job done successfully.

MN: Who or what motivates your artistic flair?

Are: My artistic flair…to be honest, right now I just want to make clothing that people desire to put on. It’s all about the business for me right now.

MN: Do/did you have any mentors in the fashion industry?

Are: Tory Burch and Kimora Lee Simmons are my mentors in my head. I appreciate what these ladies have been able to do with their brands.

You can also follow Bukola and the House of Versatile Styles fashion brand on Twitter or email

“I Was Beaten Because I’m A Woman” Tahiry Speaks Out On Violent Attack

September 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Earlier this week, we reported that Tahiry was viciously attacked by a man at a fashion show she was supposed to walk in during New York Fashion Week.

Though reports have been conflicting about who started the initial altercation, there’s no denying that there was indeed a fight between Tahiry and a man.

Yesterday evening, Tahiry released this statement via her Instagram.

Thank you ALL for your well wishes. I am both appreciative and grateful to have you on my team and call you #teamtahiry! I am sincerely touched by your outpouring of love. As you may or may not know, on Monday, Sept. 8, I was attacked,  assaulted and violated, while in the workplace, by a man. I was beaten because I am woman with a voice and refuse to be disrespected. It is more proof that the violence against women is real and needs to be addressed publicly. The shaming and disrespecting of women/victims of violent abuses must stop. Violence against women must stop; a women’s voice and refusal to be disrespected is not grounds for physical abuse. #iamwoman #myvoicematters More to the point, I am home, healing and surrounded by love. Rest assured, I will continue all my efforts and endeavors with the same faith, determination, passion and spirit I have always possessed. Again, thank you! You are ALL heroes of mine! Love, Tahiry

I wasn’t there and I don’t know what happened but that doesn’t really matter. There is no reason she should have been subjected to this. Violence against women has been an issue since the beginning of time but the prevalence of these incidents as of late, in public, have really shown just how much of a problem it still is.  We’re wishing Tahiry a speedy recovery and severe consequences to the man who attacked her like this.

Serena Williams Shows Her HSN Line At New York Fashion Week

September 11th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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As if winning her sixth U.S. Open title wasn’t enough. Just two days after,  Serena Williams made her debut at New York Fashion Week with her new line for HSN.

And she pulled in an all-star crowd, including her U.S. Open finals opponent Caroline Wozniacki and Vogue editor Anna Wintour for the front row.

The ever-confident Williams described her new line as toned-down Dior. The pieces featured “easy fitting, yet bold, edgy and contemporary silhouettes,” reports USA Today. Williams has been known for her on-court fashion, which ranges in style from classic to provocative. And it seems she has taken a cue from her tennis apparel as inspiration for the new line. During her bid for her third-straight U.S. Open title, she donned leopard-print dresses. And her first runway show included various animal prints.

Actually, Williams admitted she was still conceptualizing plans for the show during her two weeks playing at the Open.

Williams is keeping her HSN line affordable, with prices ranging from $29.90 to $79.90.

While the line got mixed reviews, Williams might actually have a successful line of her hands. “She’s designing an affordable, name-brand line predominantly sold through television. With that goal in mind, the clothes had to be a success,” reports USA Today. Williams has a track record of being a savvy businesswoman. With a reported net worth of $22 million, Williams she has endorsement deals with Nike, Wilson, Gatorade, and OPI. And she owns small stakes in Sleep Sheets and the Miami Dolphins.