What do nearly 80 children ages two through 13 on a runway look like?
On Saturday at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside, it looked like a celebration of African culture and creativity at the first FashionAFRICANA kids runway show. The children, selected from an open casting call, modeled looks from Kiya Tomlin, THREEafrica, Adey Designs and Kelly Lane Designs. Some wore FashionAFRICANA-themed T-shirts with graphics by Karl Mullen. Actor and Pittsburgh native Bill Nunn served as the emcee.
Before the main event, the music of the Bleil Brothers Quintet and Sankofa Village for the Arts got the energy going. An African dance performance further lifted the crowd's spirits before the kids paraded down the catwalk.
During the fashion show, Gena y Calle Bomba performed. The packed audience applauded and cheered throughout as the mini models and some families took their turns on the runway.
Event organizer Demeatria Boccella founded FashionAFRICANA more than a decade ago as a way to highlight the beauty and culture of the African diaspora, which often is little viewed in mass media and fashion magazines. Ms. Boccella hopes to make the kids show an annual event.
See photos from the fashion show below. Information: fashionafricana.com (Photos by John Colombo)