African models, designers promote peace in Kenya

Sun May 25, 2008 9:54am EDT
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By Aweys Yusuf

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Scores of top African designers and models held a show in Nairobi National Park at the weekend to raise money for victims of Kenya's post-election violence and show a different face to their continent.

The "Fashion for Peace" event drew mainly West and East African models onto a catwalk in a marquee under the moonlight on savannah usually known for its lions and rhinos.

"Fashion for Peace will not change the world, although it does aim at changing people's negative perceptions of Kenya and Africa in other countries," organizers said in a statement.

"And it is a call for peace."

Proceeds from the show were to go to some of the roughly 300,000 Kenyans uprooted from their homes in fighting after a disputed December election. More than 1,300 people died.

Kenyan former model and fashion commentator Waridi Schrobsdroff took to the stage in white for peace.

"Kenyans can really make things happen when they put their hands together," she told Reuters before the show started.

After cocktails at sunset on Saturday, the catwalk shows took place during a gala dinner for about 1,000 guests.   Continued...

<p>Models present creations of Nigerian designer Bayo Adegbe during the "Fashion for Peace" show in Nairobi May 24, 2008. Picture taken May 24, 2008. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti</p>