So many times there are stories where Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) take part in fashion activity, But this show has been an eye-opener for the people who think people who have disabilities cannot do anything.
On Friday night, at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village –Camp Kigali where models with physical disabilities including mute, blind albinos come on the stage and showcase their fashion skills.
From Rwanda, 27 models had show off collections of designers from Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. Moreover, there were talent shows performed by the models for the audience.
The people with hearing impairment especially had a sign language interpreter. People with disabilities and without disabilities fashion lovers attended the maiden show in their hundreds.
The model has been trained by some big names in the industry of Rwanda’s like Eric Sekamana, for the first time, it was a regional show. There were five different segments for their collection for the catwalk sessions.
The first catwalk was the Dubbed “Ne me Jette pas” [don’t cast me away], which was a barefoot freestyle where the audience could see the models’ disabilities to demystify the stigma around disability.
One by one the models had come on the stage in a lined up order and had showcased their skills with dramatic Jembe music in the background.
To show the audience that people with disabilities can do anything to achieve their dreams and goals, the second performance was a collection of professional and office wear.
Among the models, a boy with a physical disability created an exciting vibe in the audience by his breakdance moves and his spun and flipped on a Bruno Mars song " 24K Magic".
There were collections of models who were wearing geometrical and traditional clothing. kitenge prints fused with glowing chains, Solid-color jackets were showcased alongside with Rhumba music played in the background.
A Kampala-based, Congolese fashion designer, LG Novida presented his classic Afro-American collection which was symbolizing of TMP Empire from the United States.
Mundi’s Elegance Africaine and Mira Models were some of the domestic fashion houses which made the show more fun with their casual collection.
At the show, Member of Parliament representing PWDs, Eugene Mussolini was there and some local artists and others from DR Congo and a rapper named Lil G was also there to spice up things at the show.
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