Halima Aden, The Hijab-Wearing Model That Will Change Fashion

Halima Aden is changing the fashion game being the first Muslim model to wear a Hijab down the runway during Milan Fashion Week!

As time goes on, little by little, the fashion industry has progressed when it comes to featuring men and women of different races on the runway and in editorial campaigns. supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks paved the way for women of colour in fashion, while Chinese supermodel Liu Wen paved the way for asian models. Now the likes of debutant model Halima Aden (19) is quite potentially paving the way for muslim women in fashion.

Halima walked in Kayne West’s Yeezy runway show wearing her hijab, and became one of the most talked about new faces. In an interview with Vogue.com she states “My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” she says. “Always stay true to who you are—barriers can and will be broken!” Halima continued to talk about how she has found a way to respect both her values and her desire for creative expression. She also said in the interview that the industry has been “so welcoming and accepting,” which warms my heart!

With her first runway show under her belt she is on her way to success. She made her Milan Fashion Week Debut walking in the Max Mara runway show (pictured above leading the finale) and has already been shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Sorentti. “I must say, It’s pretty impressive to have your first ever editorial shot by one of the most iconic fashion photographers in the industry,” she says.

I wish nothing but the best for Halima, and I have no doubt she will change the game. Like she said, we all need to stay true to ourselves and who we are. It’s a message I most definitely try to live by day to day and all of you reading should as well!


The Disney College Program

Probably the highlight of 2016 for me! Here’s a look into my time on the Disney College Program!

How can I not write a post about my time on the Disney College Program? It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! In this post I will talk about the program, how I got there, and what the experience was like.

When I started university, I remember seeing a flyer on the wall in one of the lecture halls that was advertising for working internships at Walt Disney World! Being a shy first year student I thought to myself “NO WAY”! The thought of university was terrifying enough let alone moving across the world to work for Disney, one of the largest companies in the world. Also I hated that lecture so I never returned to that lecture hall again for the rest of the semester and didn’t think too much about it after that. At the end of my second year of studies, I remember seeing the flyer again. This time I actually read it and did some research and was quite intrigued. Getting paid to work and live at Disney World didn’t seem like a bad idea to me at the current time. I was going through some personal struggles at the time and thought to myself that this program could be an escape from real life for 6 months. I wrote out all the positives and negatives of moving to Orlando for 6 months. It was no surprise that the pros outweighed the cons. While I would have to leave my friends, family, routine and lifestyle behind, I would get to have the experience of a lifetime. And that is exactly what it was! Before I knew it, I had attended the information session and the interview for the program which had to be one of the most relaxed and simple job interviews I’ve ever had. A couple of weeks later I was accepted into the program! I remember having the biggest smile on my face after opening that acceptance email!

After receiving the email, the next steps were to organise your J-1 VISA for the program which would allow me to legally live and work in the United States. This process was quite time-consuming as there were a lot of forms to fill out and a lot of fees to pay. I was starting to get turned off the program by it all to be honest. But a few weeks later I finally had it all sorted and was booked in for my VISA appointment. The closest US Consulate to me was in Sydney, so it was off to Sydney for a couple of days! When I was in Sydney I was lucky enough to meet some of the people who I would be going to Disney with as they were also having their VISA interviews. Little did I know some of these individuals would become my best friends. After the interview in Sydney the time flew by, Christmas came, New Years came, and then on the 8th of January it was time to leave! I was lucky enough to travel over with my soon to be roommate (we had connected through a Facebook group with all the participants for our intake). We met up at the airport the morning of our departure and said goodbye to our family and friends. It was a hard goodbye for me because I am very close with my family, especially my twin sister! After a few tears were shed, we were on our way!

After a LONG trip to Orlando, it was finally time to start the program! We checked into our living complex which was called ‘Chatham Square’ and moved into our tiny apartment and it was all starting to become a little more real. They let us settle in for the first couple days, but after that, it was a week of non stop training. The training at Walt Disney World felt like the longest week of my life. First you have ‘Traditions’ which is a class you take with Disney University that teaches you the history of Walt Disney and his philosophy as well as learning all about the company! This class was fun because we received our Mickey ears and name tags from our boss, Mickey Mouse! We even got a tour of Magic Kingdom, which is must admit, was one of my favourite days of the entire program. There is no feeling quite like walking through Main Street USA for the first time as a Cast Member! The remainder of the week consisted of training at my work location. I was assigned to World Showcase Attractions at Epcot! The training was long and very demanding, and by demanding I mean waking up at 5am to catch the bus to work in the freezing cold! It was definitely something I had to adjust to. What was to come was truly incredible.I loved working at my attraction ‘Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure’ and I got to work with some of the most incredible people! I worked with people from Mexico, California, Guatemala, Rhode Island, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and many other states and countries! We became a family and that’s something I will cherish forever!

I also had AMAZING friends outside of work! We spent many nights eating unlimited pizza at the local Cici’s, having puzzle nights, sleepovers, road trips, going to the parks countless times and even skipping work to go shopping at the mall. They were my support system being so far away from home, but I had to remember that they were in the exact same situation as me being away from home, so I had to be their support system as well! We all found strength in each other during difficult times and we always reminded each other why we came here and what an incredible experience this was! Believe it or not there were some struggles on this ‘magical experience’. While money didn’t matter to me at all, it sometimes got in the way of things, well the lack of money did. It would sometimes hinder me from getting enough groceries to last the week! Lets just say I was shopping for all the bargains at the local grocery store! As long as I got my Oreos I was fine. Disney’s minimum wage at the time was $9.50 US an hour and I was only working 30 hour weeks so once rent was deducted ($116 US per week), I was living on about $100 a week. Food is very important to me so that was hard! There were good days and bad days, some days I would cry because I missed home or about silly things like the guy I liked not texting me back or being excluded from plans with some friends. There were weeks where I was as sick as a dog and all that I wanted was my mum to comfort me. It seemed that any little bump in the road would make me cry. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a drama queen so maybe that was just the drama queen thing to do, to cry when things didn’t go right. Lets just also say living with 5 other boys got a bit much at times! Enough of that though, lets talk about the good stuff!

Working at Walt Disney World had its benefits! We had discounts across the whole property including food and beverage and merchandise. But the best perk was getting free entry to ALL the parks WHENEVER I wanted! How cool is that? How many people can say they have had that privilege in their lifetime? Well … everyone who’s done the program can! On my days off I would find myself playing in the parks with friends and even some days by myself just soaking it all in! Not only were the parks a fun place to go, so were the many resorts that existed within the Walt Disney World Resort property. There were also two water parks and Disney Springs, a large shopping and restaurant precinct filled with food and shopping to your hearts desire.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times more, the friendships I made on the program were quite easily the most amazing part. Having to say goodbye to them at the end was the worst. However, a little mouse once said “It’s never goodbye, it’s see ya real soon” and that’s exactly right! I have had the pleasure of continuing the majority of my friendships from the program here at home. I was lucky enough to have met and grown close with people who live within Australia and New Zealand so they are never too far away! As for the friends I met that live in far away lands, I most definitely will be paying them a visit some day. I have a couch to sleep on in so many different places all around the world, how cool is that?

I’ll wrap this blog post up with a few things I picked up on while on the program,

I realised that no matter how stressful my job got, it really was the people around me that made it worthwhile.

I learnt Spanish and a couple other languages.

I quickly got over the fact that I used to think guys with accents were hot.

I found out that I am much more brave and fearless than I thought I was. I look back at the old me and notice how many things i’ve done here on my own and how proud I am of those things. The old me who used to be someone so sheltered and afraid of many things is now someone who is strong, has big dreams, goals, and knows what they want out of life.

Making friends who are from all over the world made me realise that no matter how different our cultures and backgrounds are, we really are all equal and very much alike on the inside.

The people from all over the world that I meet will made me grow up so much. They expanded my mind and horizons and made me want to travel to different places without any sense of fear whether that be here in Australia or overseas.

The nights where i’d work until 1am are the nights where i’d bond with your fellow cast members the most and those closing shifts almost always ended with a trip to Steak ‘N’ Shake with my coworkers.

The first week was just as emotional as the last week.

Watching the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom will ALWAYS give me chills! And when I watched it on the last night of my program with my friends, it gave me many tears!

to anyone that is thinking of applying, DO IT! This is a once in a lifetime experience and it’s one of the best adventures you will ever embark on. Live in the moment, be prepared to lose sleep, and step out of your comfort zone! If you have any questions about the program please get in contact with me and I will happily answer any questions!

NYFW: Jeremy Scott A/W 2017

Take a look at Jeremy Scott’s NYFW AW17 Collection! It’s sure to bring out your inner child!

It’s that time of year again where designers and models alike endure in a crazy week of absolute fashion madness otherwise known as New York Fashion Week (NYFW for short). What is NYFW you may ask? NYFW is a semi-annual series of events that take place in February and September of each year where international fashion designers showcase their collections to the public, press and most importantly the buyers! NYFW is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, alongside London, Milan and Paris. 

I’d like to start my series of NYFW blogs with one of my favourite designers, Jeremy Scott. He is an American designer and the creative director of the fashion house ‘Moschino’. His collections are always very colourful and eclectic and he is known as fashion’s equivalent of Andy Warhol! Every piece he makes is an impactful piece which I feel most times tends to bring out the inner child in all of us! This A/W (Autumn/Winter) ready to wear collection features lots of bright reds, pinks, purples and blues and well as lots of gold embellishments. The collections gives off somewhat of a 70’s meets cartoon world paying tribute to American culture. Feather trimmed jackets and velvet suits are a common theme throughout the show as well as embroidered leather jackets, slip dresses, t-shirts and very sparkly shoes. Artistic direction is evident throughout the collection with various headpieces incorporated into the collection as well as custom Jeremy Scott old-fashioned lunch boxes. In full Jeremy Scott style, this show is a spectacular that meets halfway between art and humour. Provided below is a link to the full show!


Welcome to my blog, here is where you can read my very first blog! Enjoy!

Hey guys welcome to my blog! I am so excited to finally share this with everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Samuel Rose (I quite often go by Sam) and I am 21 years old! I live on the beautiful Gold Coast which is located in Queensland, Australia! As some of you may or may not know, travel, fashion and lifestyle are just a few of my many, MANY interests! I love to travel and I have been lucky enough to have travelled quite extensively throughout my life thus far. I have even had the opportunity to live in the United States not once but twice.

So why am I here? I have always loved to write so I feel like this could be perfect fit for me with the potential to refine my writing skills! What do I want to achieve? I am hoping it will help me express myself and share my experiences and passions with others! I would also like to build a network and hopefully later down the road build an online portfolio!

What will I be blogging about? My love for fashion, I believe it’s a great way to express ones self and what I love about fashion is that you don’t need to have all the designer brands to be fashionable because there are no rules! Since I work mediocre hours and can’t afford most of the labels, the next best thing to do is just to admire designers and their products and to appreciate all the detail and craftsmanship that goes into all these opulent pieces. I also find it quite incredible that designers are able to keep producing these ‘works of art’ season after season, its incredible what must go through their heads. As an aspiring designer they are definitely people I look up to! As far as lifestyle goes, it is defined as “the way in which a person lives there life” so again, there really are no rules when it comes to that either! I want to share my lifestyle in the most genuine way with others, not just in the aspect of the things I do, but also my experiences and my struggles as well! I want people to be able to relate and also for it to be fun! I believe that if I blog about a lifestyle that is true to myself, it will open the door to connecting with others who live similar lifestyles or face the same adversities as myself.

I want to welcome others thoughts and opinions as well! Anyone and everyone is more than welcome to reach out to me with suggestions for blogs! If I can get at least one person to read my blog regularly, then I’ve done my job right! I would love to see it grow and gain momentum as time goes on! I promise to be honest and passionate to the best of my abilities!

I am currently working on a few other blog posts so stay tuned for more! Thanks for reading!