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This Headwrap Lookbook Celebrates Every Woman's Beauty

The latest lookbook from Paola Mathe's headwrap & lifestyle company Fanm Djanm features a diverse group of women of all ages & backgrounds.

Photos courtesy of Fanm Djanm


When deciding on a name for her headwrap company, Paola Mathe drew inspiration from her Haitian roots.

The young entrepreneur ultimately went with Fanm Djanm, which means "strong woman" in Kreyol. An appropriate fit considering the company's mission to inspire women everywhere to live boldly. The headwrap and lifestyle brand celebrates all women, Paola told Okayafrica via email, and their latest lookbook proves that.

Accompanying beautiful images of women rocking the latest Fanm Djanm headwraps is the following poem, titled "We Are Every Woman":

No little girl should grow up in a world that takes away her abilities to dream.

No woman should ever be persuaded that she's not beautiful enough. Strong enough. Or intelligent enough.

No matter where we are from, we should feel confident to share our colors and magic with the world.

To love ourselves and those around us.

And to share our light and stories that make us all unique.

We choose our head wraps to express our pride.

To celebrate African culture, strength and beauty.

To live boldly.

Put your head wrap on, lift your chin up, young girl.

"As we expand and grow, the company's message gets stronger," said Paola. "I ship to women worldwide. And, although we're based in New York City, we've hosted successful events in Puerto Rico, Miami, Haiti, and Boston. We're headed to Trinidad this month to bring the fun and spread the message."

Head to the Fanm Djanm website for purchasing information, fun headwrap tutorials and in-depth interviews with inspirational women. 

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