LEAVING VIEWERS FEELING LIKE THEY WERE SITTING AT MILAN FASHION WEEK
Ravishing Fashionistas, Upma Kite, has yet again broken fashion industry stereo types with another hugely successful runway event held on August 21st, 2021 at the Royal International Conventional Centre. Proving that no challenge cannot be overcome, Ravishing Fashionistas fearless leader Upma Kite has triumphantly overcome all hurdles, after having to cancel the initial event on July the 3rd, due to Brisbane lockdowns, and has produced the most fabulous fashion event of the year.
Through empowering women and spreading the RF message of confidently embracing women’s beauty and body irrespective of their age, body type, background, skin colour or culture. It is undeniably evident that Upma Kite and her RF team have achieved the goal of breaking fashion industry stereotypes successfully and reminded us that every woman has a story and a unique personality that deserves to be shared.
For the first time in Ravishing Fashionista history, the Fashion Show opened with their very own RF Label designed by the utterly talented Amina Hunt, showcasing 10 spectacular designs all fitting seamlessly into the events theme Gold & Glitter. Along with celebrating women across the globe, Ravishing Fashionistas also raised funds for both the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council, donating a portion of all proceeds from ticket sales, raffle prizes and the silent auction to both charities.
With socialites, local politicians, celebrities, and influencers including VVIP guests Brisbane City Council’s Lady Mayoress, Nina Schrinner and Damien Anthony Rossi all gathering under one roof for a one night only spectacle, Ravishing Fashionistas is overwhelmed by the response received. Guests have raved endlessly about the high caliber standard Upma has set for all future runway events in Brisbane, with attendees claiming they felt like they were sitting at Milan Fashion Week.
Lady Mayoress delivered a heartfelt speech in the second half of the evening and commented on how Upma’s passion and determination has proved that anything is achievable. Her mission of creating a space that encourages women of all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds to embrace themselves has again been perfectly portrayed through the 12 designers and 35 models involved in this year’s unforgettable show.
Although Upma Kite is the woman who made this event happen, she couldn’t have done it without her incredible RF team consisting of people from all walks of life including an ex-army photographer, an indigenous designer as well as models and volunteers of all ages, sizes and ethnicities. She put all her trust and faith in the hands of the RF team, volunteers, sponsors, collaborators, supporters, gift hampers sponsors, designers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers and BTS crew who all worked tirelessly together to create the runway experience of a lifetime.
As another curtain is drawn on the RF Fashion Show, Upma Kite is again left speechless and even more inspired to continue promoting and enforcing her message of empowering women to embrace their beauty and body irrespective of their age, body type, background, skin colour or culture. With the volume of support and compassion she continues to receive, Upma hopes to return next year to again provide a space for every woman regardless of their background to celebrate confidence and empowerment.