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Originally published 3.5.15
My name is Halimah Nia Muhammad. I am 17 years old and an aspiring fashion designer. I was taught by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan that each and every one of us have a purpose and mission in life. We all have something that we can do excellently that can benefit and serve people.
I believe my mission is as follows: To encourage self love and modest fashion for women and girls. I aspire to do so as a modest fashion designer with a message of self love and respect.
This has been a dream of mine since I was very young. At around 5 years old I would sketch designs, safety pin my mothers draping scarfs together to make dresses, and have mini amateur fashion shows down my hallway. At that time I was showing early signs of what was to come. My parents invested in sewing classes for me, and strived to keep me focused on educating and developing myself. Today, I am approaching my high school graduation. In the fall I will be a fashion design student at Kent State University, one of the best fashion schools in the country. I currently have a youtube channel and website where I strive to promote modest fashion, self love, and respect as well.
I am currently competing to become a 2015 Fashion IT girl! Winning this competition will allow me to have a paid 2 week fashion internship in New York City with two fashion companies ‘Fame&Partners’ and ‘Asos’ ! As an intern I will learn the process of creating, marketing and managing a fashion commerce website, how to promote fashion products online and through traditional channels, all about content marketing and social media, the process of trend forecasting; how Fame&Partners takes inspiration online to create a monthly capsule collection, the process of designing a dress from market research to design to specification, about the fabric selection and sourcing process, the production process for manufacturing formal dresses, the process of offering styling support and advice and potentially have the opportunity to attend industry events!
As an intern I will be responsible for contributing to the design process for the active capsule collection, contributing to the development of marketing materials, attend photo shoots where required as a styling assistant, researching key celebrity trends, researching key fashion trends, posting social media posts,writing blog articles, customer service support where required and attend industry events if the opportunity arises. Winning this opportunity would be a huge jumpstart to my career and would greatly help me in achieving my goals.
My goals in fashion are as follows: God willing I will launch a fashion line self-entitled HalimahNia, with designs featured in every major city in the world. The clothing line will be featured in a local store, or my own HalimahNia store based there. This will not only offer a beautiful product but produce positive financial and educational opportunities for millions of young men and women all over the world as well. I will host fashion shows around the country to raise money for charities. Particularly organizations that fight against sex-trafficking, encourage knowledge for self and black history for inner city youth (such as my former institutions of learning Muhammad University of Islam), and encourage self-love and respect for women and girls (like a powerful organization based in Detroit, Michigan, FromGirls2Goddess).
I want to use my fashion and business skills to creatively host fashion shows that are entertaining, promote modest fashion, and produce proceeds that can support positive causes. I will also have my designs featured in New York, Milan, Paris, and Tokyo’s fashion runways. In order to accomplish these aspirations I need to gain more knowledge and skill, this internship will grant me the opportunity to do just that.
If you believe in my dreams and goals. Please support me by voting! Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1Dq41lq. Thank you so much!