Nailah Lymus, 27, is an aspiring fashion designer who loves using bright colors, patterns in her dresses that almost always show a little shoulder. She’s also a devout Muslim and she hopes to break stereotypes about Muslim women only wearing black.
“I like colors and I like flowers, and I like head pieces with feathers coming off of them, and all I do is just put it on top of my hijab instead of putting it on my hair,” Lymus told NPR. “I am a woman — I am attracted to those things, so I really want to break down that stereotype.”
Lymus, who’s African-American and lives in Brooklyn, has been designing since she was 7 years old. Her clothing line called Amirah Creations and takes its inspiration from the 1920s-1950s.
“I’m inspired by that era,” she says, “but also, Islamically, it is pretty modest.”
Her solution is to “Islamify” her looks.
“That means having to throw a blazer on it, or a sweater … [so] it is modest enough so we can wear it,” Lymus says.
Starting a fashion line isn’t easy, especially for a single mom, like Lymus. She’s also a wardrobe stylist, wardrobe consultant and hair stylist to make ends meet.
Watch her most recent fashion show below: