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Over The Top Wedding Veils From Around The Globe

There’s something we have to address: we stan an over the top wedding veil. Hey, we just generally like a good veil. Because, if you’re going to go to the effort of veiling your face at your wedding, then why not put in a little more effort, and make your look extra AF? We’ve put together a collection of choice OTT wedding veil looks so that you can drool over them. Read on to find out which wedding veil style is your favorite!

1. Match the lace with the dress.

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This bride has done such a good job matching the lace on her veil with the lace on her dress, that it’s hard to tell where the dress ends and the veil begins! Part of perfecting a dramatic princess-like look is ensuring that you’re overflowing with delicate lace. Clearly, this groom is besotted with his gorgeous bride, and her style just completes shot.

2. Adorn the veil with pearls. 

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Take this pearl of wisdom: decorating your veil in pearls is one way to make sure that it’s as eye-catching as possible. What’s the bet that this bride’s pearls are something old, or something new, or maybe something borrowed? This bride has played it smart when it came to wearing her set of pearls: with them weighing down the veil at the front, hopefully, everything stayed in place for both the ceremony and the reception!

3. Stuff tradition.

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Who needs to do down the traditional route and wear the same kind of veil that everyone else is wearing? This bride has opted for a Hat-supported veil, which means that she’s not only protected from the sun for the day, but she’s also got her veil secured for as long as she needs it! Just think about how classy you’d look if you were in her shoes – or veil – while walking down the aisle.

4. Bigger is better.

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One easy way to really go over the top with your wedding veil is to wear the biggest veil you can find! You don’t necessarily need to get a super long veil to pull off this look. In fact, you may find it easier to manage the veil if doesn’t reach the floor. The catch is in making sure that the weight of your voluminous veil is well-balanced, so it doesn’t fall off your head!

5. Longer is lovely, too.

Instagram / @biancabeii

Nothing screams “majestic” more than having an extra-long veil. We’re talking longer-than-your-train kind of long. Even if your hair is pulled back in a classic style, your long veil can make it seem like you’ve got to-die-for tresses. Can you imagine trying to pull off a Pantene-appropriate hair swish with a long veil like this? In short, it would be epic

6. Your veil can be your crowning glory.

Instagram / @vicstudios1

If you think that your veil isn’t extra enough for your big day, then why not jazz up your style with a crown? Especially since a tiara can be the ultimate accessory if you want to feel like a queen on your wedding day. This bride has pulled off the look effortlessly, by making sure not to overdo it with other jewelry and accessories.

7. Longer, plus bigger, equals magnificent.

Instagram / @wedding.tribe

This bride knows how to go all out with her veil. It’s long, and it’s big, and it’s wonderful! See the way that the veil is opaque? That means it’s got to be hella heavy. This bride is carrying some weight on her head.

8. It’s not just about the veil’s style, it’s about how you wear it.

Instagram / @monique_powers

This bride knows how to rock a veil. It’s transparent enough that you can see her face and her divine makeup, but it’s opaque enough that the back of her head is pretty well concealed.

9. It’s all about the little details.

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The best way to show off your love of over the top veils is to wear one that has the tiniest, and most intricate, lace detail through it. It’s feminine, and it’s just such a special way of putting your own unique touch on the veil, too. Personalization is everything these days, amigos. 

10. Consider the design at the edge of the veil.

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The thing is, you need to think about how to protect your veil from getting really wrecked while you’re traipsing through town taking timeless wedding photos. Because let’s face it, the ground is just filled with grime. So, if you have a solid hem around the edge of the veil, you know that it should help in protecting your veil against snagging and becoming ruined. And you know what else? You can use the hem to invest in a little extra-ness, just like this bride here.

11. Consider how the veil looks on camera.

Instagram / @marysol_sanroman

There is no way that this shot occurred naturally. This bride would have been planning this photo for months, thinking about how she’d need someone to stand just a little off-camera to maneuver a giant fan, and how she’d need a wedding veil that would look just right. That’s why she picked the most over the top veil, complete with lace designs throughout, to really get the effect she wanted. Learn from this, babes.

12. Stuff the white veil.

Instagram / @dragonproducciones

Who needs a white veil when you could just go all-out in red? Who are we kidding: over the top wedding veils include standout wedding hairpieces, as well. Besides, a deep crimson like this color captures the real spirit of the wedding – true love and passion.

13. Veils don’t need to have straight edges!

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Curves are cute, too. This bride clearly knew this when she was picking her veil and followed suit. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are going for this style, consider how it’s going to work with your hair on the big day. The trickiest part is figuring out how to tuck it in properly so you can show off the beauty of the veil, without it falling out halfway through the fiesta!

14. Keep the detail at the tail of the veil.

Instagram / @ximenazermeno

We all know that the part of the veil everyone sees the most when you’re walking down the aisle is the end of it. So, why not save the most over the top parts of the veil to the very end? It means everyone can appreciate your taste, and you’re not going to be kicking yourself over the fact that the best part of your veil is hidden away in your perfectly-coiffed hair. It’s a win-win for all.

So, which wedding veil style was your favorite? Were the veils too over the top for you, or not extra enough for your tastes? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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The world of fashion is notoriously a parade of homogeneity. While certain brands make valiant attempts to diversify the faces and designs that represent their lines, it’s true that there is a world of progress to be made. Which leads us to our praise and worship for Sofía Jirau.

Sofia Jirau is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican model with Down Syndrome.

She is, to say the least, a true jefa whose recent appearance on the runway at a New York Fashion Week show is undoubtedly a game-changer. While walking the runway this past week, the model lived out her dream of not only modeling in New York but also shaking up its fashion scene.

“When I was little, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m going to be a model and a businesswoman,’” Jirau told People in a recent interview.

And just look at her now.

Jirau got her start back in 2019 when she signed with INprende, an agency that works to represent models and faces like Sofia. Since making her deal, Jirau has gone on to model for designers like Kelvin Giovannie and Marisa Santiago. 
“I was born for this and I want to show the world that I have everything a model needs to shine,” Jirau wrote in a post about her NYFW debut on Instagram.

Here’s to hoping for more of this!

This Woman’s Disability Was Holding Her Back From Posting ‘Sexy’ Photos Until The Internet Gave Her A Big Collective Hug

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This Woman’s Disability Was Holding Her Back From Posting ‘Sexy’ Photos Until The Internet Gave Her A Big Collective Hug

More often than not, when posting something on social media, we assume that people’s reactions will be mostly negative. We hit ‘publish’ and brace ourselves for the negative outbursts. That’s what Nila Morton did when she posted a photo of herself, all done up and ready to party. She was worried about posting pictures that were a little more ‘sexy’ than her usual photo because she felt she didn’t embody the standard of beauty. But instead, the internet came through with messages of love and support. 

Nila Morton of Greenville, South Carolina was born with a rare muscular condition called Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy.

Nila’s condition causes impairments in muscle growth and strength, and leads to severe muscular weakness and exhaustion. She was worried about posting pictures that made her feel good about herself, or that were ‘too sexy’, because she felt she didn’t embody the standard image of beauty.

Morton uses a wheelchair but does what she can to express herself with her appearance.

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Oh so pretty! #prophytestatus💕💚

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This includes styling her hair, doing her makeup, and dressing well. She likes to dress up when she goes out for an event, but she always shied away from sharing any of the “sexy” photos taken of her, because she feared the criticism of living with a disability.

Finally this past weekend, Morton decided to post two photos of herself, wearing a cute, little black dress.

“I usually don’t post pictures of myself when I have a nice dress on or when I go out…because I get nervous about comments since I’m not society’s view of disability,” Nila Morton told BuzzFeed News. “I decided that I should just post it because I felt beautiful and sexy.”

Over the weekend, after getting dressed up and going out, Morton decided to post the photos. 

It was in the early hours of Sunday morning and she figured she could just go to bed right after, “just in case it backfired,” she said, laughing. 

But to her surprise, the reaction was entirely different to what she’d expected

By the time she woke up, her tweet was already going viral. It’s currently been retweeted over 36,000 times and liked over half a million times. Mostly, Morton has been reading floods of extremely supportive comments from people on Twitter.

As a result, Morton realized:

“Getting that much positive feedback made me smile and anxious at the same time. I know that some people had negative things to say, but I saw how people had my back, which made me realize that I should never be nervous to show off myself.”

In the comments, Twitter users had Morton’s back.

Many users expressed how beautiful she was and hoped she would continue to share. “Out of your comfort zone should be your New Zone,” someone wrote. And the positive comments keep on coming!

Seeing so many positive comments on one young woman’s vulnerable post is such a heartwarming experience. 

The tweets included memes professing users’ STAN status. People hyped her up, thanked her for sharing and for being a role model. All in all, this post taught Nila, and many others, that sometimes, the internet actually has our back. 

Nila’s rare form of muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in her legs to deteriorate, and she can only travel short distances without needing her wheelchair.

It made her the target of cruel classmates who told Nila ‘no-one would love her’, but the brave woman refused to let their comments thwart her dreams of becoming a beauty queen – and she’s already won two titles after competing alongside able-bodied contestants.  

Morton has competed against able-bodied contestants in beauty pageants and has won several titles!

As a tenacious teen, she managed to turn the criticism into something positive by pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a model —after noticing a lack of models with disabilities. Since then she’s competed against able-bodied competitors in pageants and been named Miss Mauldin Teen USA and Miss Congeniality at Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2017.

‘I’m a girl who has been bullied for having a disability and being different,’ said Nila in a 2017 interview with The Daily Mail.

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Shea Butter Baby🧡✨🥰 📸: @lynnnspiration

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“I’m embracing that I have a difference and want to show others that they don’t need to change for society.”