Photographs by: Dotcommer for Mambomundo
Tracee Dundas Fashion Editor @fashionablyyoursnola
It was a night of celebrating and uplifting cancer warriors by bringing together cancer survivors, their families, supporters, and professional models to walk the runway representing the ribbon colors of nineteen women’s cancers. That’s exactly what “You Night,” a sisterhood comprised of hundreds of women in the Greater New Orleans community set out to do at its annual gala event.
The two-hour high-energy runway show was held at The Sugar Mill, where the procession of models took to a five hundred footlong runway stage. The models were a combination of professional models represented by Positive Image Modeling, Chic Nouvelle Agency, ABOUTFACES Model & Talent Management and New Orleans Fashion Week. Joining the models on the catwalk were 125 cancer survivors who participated in You Night’s “Runway Empowerment Program” a nine-month program of empowerment, self-care, and therapeutic activities, which culminate with a runway fashion show. The amazing fashion presentation featured models mostly wearing fashionable outfits of their own choices, but also included fashions provided by Maiya’s Boutique, Gwen’s Bridal, Pedram Couture, Designer Kristine Pichon, De’Andre Beverly, Nina Saint Marina, Adrianna Moore, and others. An added twist to the evening’s event was the attempt to break a Guinness World Record for having the greatest number of models in a runway show currently held by a group in Madrid, Spain with 421 models. With the Guinness World Record representative present to officiate and certify the count the event was crowned with the honor of breaking the current record by having a total of 430 models slay the runway.