Trending Topic Fashion Show

by Terry Watson | October 23rd, 2012

Photo by Trending Topic

Maryam Ali’s goal was to bring Fashion Week to Greensboro. She decided to produce a fashion show that would also serve as a networking event and give local talent a platform to showcase and brand themselves. Titled “Trending Topic Fashion Show” Ali says when most people think of fashion, they automatically think of bigger cities such as New York or Los Angeles. “I wanted to give the triad a taste of the Fashion World without having to go to New York,” she says. “I wanted to change peoples mind and show them that Fashion Does still exist and that there are many talented people out here.”

Fashion is her Passion, make up is her artistry, and hair is her profession. Ali is a cosmetologist and makeup artist who works at Hair Art Salon located at 5700 West Market Street in Greensboro. “I come from Somalia East Africa and I have been living in Greensboro since a young age,” she says. She developed love for art and fashion while attending middle school. After she graduated from high school, she wanted to attend the Atlanta Art Institute. Her opportunity never came, so she pursued a career in business at Guilford Technical Community College. To be able to have her own business was always something she wanted to do. While making strides to accomplish that goal, Ali began to gain experience in her field which included a internship at a salon for two years.

Soon after that, she says her mentor, Jennifer Foster reminded her about her dream of attending beauty school. She eventually enrolled at Leons Beauty School and graduated in just 10 months. “That’s when I gave myself the name Master of Beauty. With a name like that I knew I had to live up to it,” she says.

Ali immediately went to work in a salon. “I did everything in the salon from hair, lashes, and make up,” says Ali. She started working with models and doing photos shoots with photographers outside the salon. Working with models Ali says reminded of her of younger days when she played and dress up her Barbie dolls.

“One thing I have learned about this industry is the power of networking,” she says. Ali wanted to make that a big part of the Trending Topic Fashion Show for models, photographers, designers, hair stylist, make up artist, wardrobe stylist, and any other industry related professional. She says that most people think fashion is just runway and clothes. “Fashion goes beyond the runways. We see it on the red carpets at award shows, at clubs, and at school. Fashion repeats its self in many different styles. I wanted to give the looks and trends of today with boutiques and vintage clothing along with the red carpet runway look from designers,” says Ali.

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