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“If we understood one another, we would get along better.” Sage advice — especially coming from an elderly woman in traditional Nepali clothing — and it serves as the reason for why we conduct the Fashion Show each year.
This year’s theme is “Modeling the World.” From the standpoint of the event, this theme is straight-forward, women and girls will model traditional clothing from countries as different as Nepal, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somali, and Burma. However, I prefer to think that we are modeling the world we want, the one we are building with each service appointment, each new job or college graduate… a world where our humanity walks together with these courageous ladies. The Fashion Show is the centerpiece of International Women’s Day in Salt Lake City. This year it is on the 9th of March at the Leonardo Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $40 per person and thanks to our generous sponsors, all proceeds will be able to go to our refugee service and capacity building programs. In addition to the beautiful traditional fashions, Women of the World clients that have started their own catering businesses serve ethnic food. We bring a foodie experience a la Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” to downtown Salt Lake City that alone is worth the price of admission.
I prefer to think that we are modeling the world we want… a world where our humanity walks together with these courageous ladies. The community has developed a special place in their hearts for the courageous women that get on stage during the Fashion Show. It’s easy to see why. These women have such pride in their heritage and note the authentic interest of their new neighbors in Utah. This sense of a cultural blending magnifies the warmth experienced by everyone involved.
There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved. Corporate and individual sponsorships are still available. Women of the World loves to connect local small-business and corporate leadership with the community close to Women of the World: women and men who support local businesses that have strong community relationships.
Finally, we encourage those of you who might be going to your first Fashion Show to grab a friend, get your tickets, and spread the word on social media that you are attending. While you are on social media, check out some of the other interesting things that WoW is doing. We hope you’ll agree that the world we are modeling is one that exemplifies the best interests of all humanity.