non-governmental organizations (NGOs) estimate that 10,000-15,000 Nepali women
and girls are forced into sex trafficking and a lifetime of involuntary
International Justice Mission (IJM) at William Woods University make it their
mission to combat such violations of another’s rights. They plan to raise funds
for their cause with an Elegantees Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in Dulany
Auditorium. The event is free and open
to the public.
designer and founder of Elegantees, is giving Nepalese women rescued from
trafficking a second chance. The women sew the clothing, and the profits from
the sales go toward income for the women and “to good-hearted people and charities who fight for freedom,”
show will be available for purchase afterward. All profits will go toward
helping trafficking victims.
fashion show BIG—with photographers and music and lights,” Kristen Withrow,
president of IJM at William Woods, said.
the roles of models, photographers, stage hands, disc jockeys, salespersons and
Nepal in January to work with the women sewing her new designs for the
spring/summer tops. While in Nepal, she created a video of the women sewing the
clothes. The video will be played at the fashion show.
beef farm in Iowa, Martinez moved to New York City at 18 and attended the
Fashion Institute of Technology. In college, she took a class that introduced
her to human trafficking. Distraught by what she learned, Martinez felt a
desire to make a difference.
New York garment district, Martinez found it difficult to locate modest,
affordable clothing. She became inspired to design fashion that she herself
would choose to wear. In 2010,
Elegantees was born.
talents to give hope and dignity to sex-trafficked victims,” she said.
Martinez describes as “elegant designs as easy to wear as a tee-shirt,” has
come a long way since. Her 2013
collection is in development, being sewn
dream. As each Elegantee is purchased, one tee or one dress at a time, I
rejoice knowing this business is for fighting evil and restoring dignity,” she
said. “It’s all for things bigger than my own dream.”
sponsored by International Justice Mission at William Woods University.