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Hope for Glamour: Art and Activism for Women’s Human Rights

Last Saturday, I accompanied MADRE staff members Cassandra Atlas, Elizabeth Droggitis, and Kay Harel to Hope for Glamour, an NY fashion week event celebrating the strength of women through art and fashion.

I am the new Human Rights Legal Advocacy intern at MADRE, and attended this event looking forward to experiencing the scope of MADRE’s work and partnerships beyond the office. I found the event to be so much more than this.

MADRE at Hope for Glamour

We were greeted with an unexpected tribute to our organization’s work, and a hearty reminder of the power of sisterhood to bring together a diversity of individuals who honor the rights of women Hope for Glamour brought together artists, activists, or both: a community of people dedicated to honoring the rights of women in a diversity of ways.

Art by Cindy Ridolfino

Several artists displayed their work during a pre-fashion show art exhibition. Event organizers introduced us to the artists, and we had a chance to speak to them about their inspiration for their work.  Each artist had a unique story of how MADRE’s work-the work of

Art by Charlene Eckels

standing up for the rights of women-spoke to a very personal experience of theirs. Pieces included tributes to strong mothers, celebrations of the beauty of women’s bodies, homage to the strength of overcoming addiction, or the liberation of a woman’s individuality.

After the art viewing, the crowd filed into the ballroom for the fashion show. Prior to the show, MADRE staff members Cassandra and Elizabeth spoke on behalf of the organization-thanking the organizers and the artists for choosing MADRE to represent women’s human rights advocacy The show consisted of clothing, jewelry, and accessories by four designers:

Fashion Show

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, Sneha Varma, Shetal Patel, and Sarine Marie. The models, some of whom we got to meet before the show, exuded confidence in their bodies and their cause. The show was just as much a display of beautiful clothing as it was a celebration of the powerful diversity of the female body.

MADRE (and I!) thanks event organizers Maria Pereira Alborzfard and Tamara Ramos for allowing us to be a part of such a rich celebration of the rights of women and the power of sisterhood, and the artists and models who were such an inspiring part of this event.

MADRE Staff, Designers, Models.

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September 21, 2012