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Vixen Chat: Faatemah Talks Working with Celebs, Future Reality Show + Life's Balance

The gift of creating a masterpiece with your bare hands is an ability like no other. Faatemah has been blessed to craft and shape hair to make it beautiful, the way a woman’s hair should look. With a dream of being relevant and not famous, the award-winning hair stylist has worked with numerous notable publications from Ebony to Essence and has created some of the looks you see hitting runways and photo shoots today.

VIBE Vixen caught up with the busy hair stylist veteran to chat about how she got to where she is now, and how she tries to be the best that she can in all aspects of life.

VV: What are you working on currently?
FAATEMAH: Currently I just got done doing the Betsey Johnson show. I met Betsey, and she is a wonderful person. She complimented me right away on my style, which I felt completely flattered about. I also just wrapped up Daphne Guinness who is a fashionista, and she did a tribute to Alexander McQueen. Moving forward, I’ve been doing lots of speaking engagements for different companies such as Target. I know it’s weird because I’m a hairdresser, but I’m definitely more of a personality at this point in my career because I have a lot to talk about. So I’m really excited about women and making them beautiful and celebrating our femininity. I came from the kitchen and a poor family and now I make six figures, so I have a lot to talk about. I’m very ambitious, and I want to share my story with people and give them hope that they can change their situation if they believe in themselves.

Have you always done hair?
No, I didn’t always do hair, I actually didn’t comb my own hair until about 9th grade; I was a big tomboy. Then high school happened and his name was Michael Turner, and I decided I should comb my hair because he didn’t seem to notice me. So hair was not always apart of who I was, but it was apart of my family culture. I grew up in a family that did a lot of braiding and afro-centric styles. I was definitely an artist early on; I loved music, poetry, painting and anything to do with my hands.

What is your come-up story?
I’m from a broken family; my mom was a single parent, and I actually dropped out of college to pursue hair. My mom spent her whole life sending us to private school and wanting me to get an education, and she just didn’t think that I’d be able to make it as an artist. She didn’t consider [hairstyling] artistry. If I had dreamed 15 years ago when I started doing hair that I’d be living the life I am now, I would’ve never imagined that I’d be traveling and that Tyson Beckford would be in my cell phone. It’s pretty cool; I can’t believe it. I always pursued being relevant and what I’ve learned is fame helps with relevancy, so people seem to listen to you when your famous. It’s not necessarily that I was chasing fame when I decided to go on Bravo or to win the awards that I have, but I wanted to be relevant. I wanted to make what I do important, and I hope that people remember more of me than just doing hair.

Do you ever think that you’ll have the cameras follow you for a reality TV show?
You know that is actually a question that may be answered really soon. I have a meeting with a really high profile network, and there’s definitely some talks about cameras following me.

How exactly do you balance being a mom, being a professional and having a busy schedule?
I use to try to be a superwoman, but someone gave me some really good advice. Any time I’m with someone famous I try to ask them questions that relate to my life. Holly Robinson Peete has a son with autism and she’s done a lot, so I said, ‘How do you keep it all balanced?’ She said, ‘Well, honey, there is no such thing as balance. You just do the best you can with any circumstance on any given day. You just try your best, and that’s going to have to be good enough.' I took that advice and some days, I’m an awesome mom and some days I’m a better hairdresser. It still works out. I’m doing the best that I can and I’m happy.

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In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

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In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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