Ashro Woman: Wajeedah M.

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Meet Wajeedah from Allentown, PA

Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Wajeedah S. from Allentown, PA.

If you want to make Wajeedah’s day, bring her a piece of dark chocolate cake with a cup of coffee. (This woman deserves it!) Over the years, Wajeeda’s mother, daughter and son have all had physical and mental illnesses that involved daily care, medical tests and uncertainty. Faith has gotten her through, “Faith causes me to look over the mountaintop of my own life.” She has also found joy in writing, “If I am having a problem with the REAL world, I can create my own world.” During her family members’ illnesses, she wrote 4 novels and a short film! 

Style is another outlet for Wajeedah. She has been wearing head wraps since the 1970s. “My girlfriend and I used to wrap our heads…because we said we know we are Queens. We would laugh because we asked ourselves why are we thinking this way?” Maybe at a young age, Wajeedah understood the power of style to express and uplift our spirits.

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Name
Wajeedah M.
Where do you live (city & state)?
Allentown, PA
1. Why are you an Ashro woman?
Because I LOVE your designs. They are about elegance, modesty, dignity and RESPESCT.
2. What is your favorite part about fashion and style?
It’s silent an expression, voicing who you really are, without having to saying a word.
3. What makes you get up every morning?
God is number one. Just knowing that once I open my eyes, I get to be the gardener of my own garden.
4. Your best advice?
Remember that money, fame, and material isn’t everything. We are part and parcel of the universe. It works for and with us.
5. What small thing makes you happy?
Cooking my favorite meal, having ice cream for desert and watching a really good movie.
6. What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
Taking care of my mom with Dementia, son with schizo affected bipolar, daughter’s illness and writing 4 novels, short film.
7. How do you spend your free time?
Working on another novel. Praying, fasting, meditating, talking to those who are ill, trying to uplift them, exercising. BP advocate
8. What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
Retiree. Write novels. Trying to get a full featured movie. Create a new world when I write. People who don’t fight for things that affect their lives.
9. Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
My mom, always had so much confidence in me and saw so much in me. Being successful in whatever I wanted to do in life.
10. What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
A dish that I made up….MINT LAMB or Salmon steak, with avocado sauce. Make it for me and family at home.
11. Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
Yes, I try to be. Tremendously. Faith has shown me that after hardship there will be ease. You cant see it with your eyes, but it is your companion if you believe.
12. What makes you laugh?
Of course Madea’s funny movies and my southern family. We Southerners can be are very funny.
13. What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
We are the Backbones of the society. We need God to be good mothers, grandmothers. The hand that rocks the world rocks the cradle.
14. What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
Weddings, lectures, exhibiting our short films, cultural nights, prayer on Fridays. Dressed up 4 times a month.
15. Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
No. I wear head wraps.
16. Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
No.
17. Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
Yes. Every day. I taught myself. This is new computer. I have to show a design of a hat that is a scar when letting it loose?
18. Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
No.
19. How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her? Does the brand mean something to you? Any memories associated with the catalog?
Elegant, modest, dignified, respectful, Embodied by Grace. Yes the brand is One of a Kind.

Thanks for inspiring us, Wajeedah!

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