'Underwraps' Builds First Agency for Muslim, Modest Fashion Models – NBCNews.com

As a Muslim vogue mannequin, Azizah Hosein's profession has some distinctive components to it.

Throughout a current vogue shoot for Nike, for instance, a person who was on set ended up leaving to make her really feel extra comfy.

As a part of her modeling contracts, Hosein stipulates that males do not contact her or see her together with her hair down throughout her shoots. She's represented by Underwraps Agency, which creates the rules for every of their modest fashions, half of whom are Muslim.

"One factor about being a Muslim mannequin is just not having the boys bodily contact you, your hair, your make-up, issues like that. I actually appreciated it as a result of [the Underwraps CEO] talked to the folks and talked to the corporate and made positive that was actually clarified," Hosein advised NBC Information. "After I bought there, there was one male on set, however earlier than we began entering into the make-up and costume like that, he did go away, and he utterly understood."

In an trade recognized for pushing boundaries and the place physique positivity might imply going au pure, the fashions at Underwraps deal with empowerment by way of their very own private consolation stage, whether or not meaning no skirts above the knee or carrying a hijab overlaying their hair.

"Girls ought to have the ability to be comfy with conserving a steadiness," Underwraps Agency CEO Nailah Lymus advised NBC Information.

Underwraps payments itself as the primary world company specializing in representing Muslim feminine vogue fashions. The company additionally represents girls of different backgrounds and religions. The secret's a modest mindset, Lymus mentioned.

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Lymus mentioned she discovered concerning the complexes some girls have when it comes to displaying an excessive amount of pores and skin whereas working as a designer. She additionally had Muslim associates who she mentioned could possibly be fashions however by no means thought they might have the chance.

"They actually had what it took to be a mannequin so far as … usually what businesses look for, comparable to excessive cheek bones and symmetry," Lymus mentioned. "They usually had been however they by no means entertained it as a result of they did not really feel they might go anyplace with it as a result of they put on a hijab or costume with modest clothes."

The Underwraps Agency payments itself as the primary modeling company for Muslim and modest fashions.