Giving Fashion a Purpose – Breaking Barriers
There are so many barriers in our lives. The cultural barriers, the language barriers, the final barriers…There are a lot of times those barriers make our lives very difficult. Personally, the language barrier has been my biggest struggle since I moved to America. People used to tease me about my accent. One of my former co-workers asked me what city I live in, I told him Troy. This word gives me so much trouble because I can’t say it very clearly. So he laughed very hard and said “oh, you live in a tree.” Some people will speak to me very slow and loud because they think that way I can understand what they are saying. Some of them just stopped talking to me because they don’t understand what I am saying.
Did you see? I feel the pain and really want to break the barriers. So when my friend Hoda asked me if I would like to be a part of her fashion event of Breaking Barriers, I said yes. Who is Hoda? To say it simply, she is a beautiful young Peace Promoter, Fashion Stylist, Journalist and Beauty Enthusiast. She loves using fashion as a tool to serve the purpose of promoting Peace.
Watch this video to understand what exactly she wanted to say to the world through fashion.
Now you all know, Hoda wanted to reinforce the idea of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, and defying stereotypes. It is not a matter our skin color, religion or cultural background, we are all human, right? It is all about unity and freedom!
Below are some of the photos from this photo shoot. Just in case you have difficult finding me, I am the Chinese women who wore a burgundy turban. Did you get it? All of our looks are breaking the cultural barrier by wearing things outside of the perceived “norm.” 😉
Later on after our photo shoot, Hoda’s effort got noticed by our local TV station WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit and she was on the news to promote her Breaking Barriers fashion show to benefit Syrian refugees. She and her husband are planing to attend the Syrian Refugee Cross Cultural Solutions Program in Greece to help out the locals. You can watch this short video for more info about the trip and help them to make it happen.
Below are some of the photos from the fashion show featuring Lyudviga Couture at the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan. I even modeled for Hoda in this show. 😉
When we give fashion a purpose, it is more powerful and meaningful.
Photo Credit: Piper carter / Grace Liang.
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