Wednesday, June 25, 2014


reporter: Miguel Dominguez

On June 7th at the Yotel Hotel, Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF) in conduction with Girls Empowerment Fashion Runway (GEFR) featured fashion designs on the runway by students and recent alumni of Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and United Colors of Fashion Academy (UCOF), a non-profit that provides free fashion education to under resourced youth.

The Girls Empowerment Fashion Runway show was the grand finale event of the Women & Fashion FilmFest week sponsored by TRUE Model Management. President and Founder of TRUE Model Management Dale Noelle, explained the idea behind the show: motivate, promote and empower women and girls to follow their dreams and be confident not only with their bodies but with who they are.

Pat Cleveland explains different kinds of enpowerment to a very eager, young audience

Pat bookended by Photographer Shawn Ehlers and model scout Karen Lee Grybowski

The Fashion show featured student designers from United Colors of Fashion Academy, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology and Stylists from Lim College. Fresh, edgy and creative outfits rocked on the Yotel rooftop runway!

Imani strutting her stuff!

The event wasn’t only about the fashion but also about the dreams come true and One Simple Wish of a 16 year old foster child Imani, who could live her fairy tale: a day of beauty in Time Square. Thanks to TRUE Model Management CEO Dale Noelle, GEFR, and One Simple Wish, Imani was given a complete makeover and proudly walked the catwalk.

Catherine Schuller, Fashion Curator
at Yotel's Runway The Real Way

Nina Verklas with two models wearing her designs

Renata Gusciora, publisher of
fashion blog

To see more photos of this event, CLICK HERE

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