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Fashion show in Oklahoma City will benefit program to empower women

By Linda Miller, For The Oklahoman Published: July 17, 2014

Once again, several Oklahoma City women who are business owners have teamed with The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women to present a fashion show event to benefit a program designed to educate, coach and mentor female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

The Jewel Fashion Show, set for Tuesday at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club, will benefit the institute’s Peace Through Business program.

Eden Salon & Spa, R Meyers, Brink Modeling Agency and the institute are presenting the fashion show, which will showcase the designs of young Rwandan designer Kevine Kagirimpundu and Ysolde Shimwe, who started Uzuri K&Y Designs Ltd. in 2012. Kagirimpundu will attend the event.

Makeover reveals also are planned, with participants selected by Suited for Success, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization that provides clothing to low-income women who have completed job training and readiness programs.

Five women who have completed training will receive makeovers and model Worth New York clothing. Their hair will be styled by the staff at Eden Salon with makeup by Lilly Stone of Sooo Lilly Cosmetics.

Menswear will be from Spencer Stone. R Meyers will present the finale.

Through Worth New York’s “Women of Worth” program, the company provided 100 pieces of clothing, at an estimated value of $30,000, for the fashion show and to be donated to Suited for Success and women in the Peace Through Business program.

A boutique will feature handicrafts from Afghan and Rwandan artisan women in the Peace Through Business program. All profits from the boutique will benefit the women directly.

Those participating include Monica Umwari, who uses recycled materials to create beautiful wallets, purses and totes; Nastaran Mohseni, whose handmade jewelry is accented with rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls; and Anisa Rostaqi, who started Qafila Handicrafts as a means for low-income Afghan women to sell their handmade products outside of their homes.

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If you go

Jewel Fashion Show

What: Benefit for The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s Peace Through Business program.

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Gaillardia Golf & Country Club, 5300 Gaillardia Blvd.

Cost: Individual tickets, $100; sponsor tables for six, $1,000.

Tickets and information: or email No tickets sold at the door.


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