Finally!! American born muslim designer Nailah Lymus has introduced the first muslim modeling agency entitled Underwraps. You’re probably thinking what??? Boring… zzzzzzzzzzz. Women walking around in drab garments covered from head to toe…. where’s the entertainment in that? Well, it’s not what you think….. Underwraps was carefully molded to eliminate stereotypes that we may have about Muslim women’s apparel and was meant to break barriers between the Muslim world and fashion as we know it. The point of it all is to show that fashion can be modest and that there is another side to beauty than showing bare skin.
Nailah doesn’t only design for muslim women. She is the CEO and founder of Amirah Creations. Beautiful, colorful, and bold her line is eye catching and breathtaking. This is no amature. She has been designing for over 6 years and has always dreamed of breaking Muslim women into the fashion industry. It is my understanding that Underwraps will do just that! Her models will operate under the normal model code, attending go sees and the likes. However, they will adhere to the muslim code and only model modest wear. It’s simple, if they model a short dress, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants go underneath. The launch of Underwraps proved that anything can be converted into modest wear and it can still look fashionable and sexy.
Personally, this hits close to home. Being raised in a Muslim household, I was always taught to dress modestly. However, I always had an eye for fashion. When I attempted to break into the world of modeling (when I was a skinny lil thing), I was turned off by the skimpy clothing and the advances of some creepy photographers. I wish there was an agency like this to help me uphold my beliefs while still being able to live out my dreams. Either way, I’m back on the fashion scene. Not modeling, but still hitting the runways with my jewelry line and meeting great talents like Nailah who are thinking outside the box and turning dreams into reality.
Nailah asked us to come in and incorporate our line into the show. We were happy to do so and had a wonderful time. It was a full house at Rare NYC Salon in Tribeca and everyone muslims and non muslims alike were there in full support of Underwraps. I really do see great things for this designer in the future. Caribbean Lilac would like to thank Nailah Lymus for having us at her launch and being a part something so wonderful and insightful.
Scroll down for credits and some beautiful photos by George Rowe Photography.
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