Africa beauty on show


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AS the sun set of the hottest day of spring, de­sign­ers and mod­els came out to com­pete in the Face of Africa Awards (FOAA) at Curtin Sta­dium, where Na­sutu Mbewe was crowned the win­ner.

On Satur­day Novem­ber 5, de­sign­ers from across the coun­try filled the sta­dium run­way with in­spir­ing looks from vi­brant and colour­ful to eth­nic pat­terns and de­signs.

Sil­hou­ettes ranged from form fit­ting to struc­tural and flow­ing.

Ms Mbewe has lived in Perth for sev­eral years, af­ter mov­ing from Lusaka in Zam­bia.

Shumi Tsungu es­tab­lished FOAA, now in its sec­ond year, with the aim of in­spir­ing young African peo­ple liv­ing in Aus­tralia.

“We hope to en­cour­age them to ex­plore their dreams and as­pi­ra­tion by pro­vid­ing a plat­form to show­case their cre­ative tal­ents and in­te­grate with the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Ms Tsungu said.

African mod­els, de­sign­ers and en­ter­tain­ers thrilled the au­di­ence from the open­ing drum per­for­mance by African Oz Drum n Dance to the modern fu­sion of Elan Dance Est and en­joy­able mus­ing from MC Joe White.

FOAA launched a magazine in Novem­ber 2015 as part of the Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val Cul­tural Pro­gram.

The life­style magazine show­cases fash­ion trend­set­ters, beauty, en­ter­tain­ment and cul­ture from around Aus­tralia.

The sec­ond is­sue of the FOAA magazine was re­leased at the FOAA 2016 event, and is avail­able for sale on­line through the FOAA web­site.

The magazine pro­vides ex­po­sure to up-and-com­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers to help them reach new mar­kets.

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