Refugees took to the catwalk in Florence, Italy’s fashion exhibition, Pitti Uomo. The show, Generation Africa, featured the work of four esteemed African fashion designers — AKJP, Ikiré Jones, Lukhanyo Mdingi x Nicholas Coutts, and U.mi-1.
The ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative came up with the idea in an attempt to provide Gambian and Malian refugees with jobs in Italy’s fashion industry. Simone Cipriani, the organization’s founder, said in an interview with AFP, “As we are in Italy and have a huge refugee crisis, we also want to show that migrants are a resource.”
All of the models were between the ages of 19-27, and boy did they #Werk. Each model strutted their stuff down the runway, striking a smoldering pose at the end for nearby cameras.
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