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SMILE Fashion Show to Support Women’s Education

Tuli Hardy and Susan Kirby

Terri Walker and Cynthia Kessler

Mitsy Gibson, Angela Nasta

Paula Lablum y Helenmarie Corcoran

By Karla Ortiz

On Thursday, October 5, the fourth Mujeres en Cambio San Miguel Fashion Show was held at the Instituto Allende, showing the new Sindashi dresses, designed by Angela Nasta and illustrated by the artist Micktla. The artist used a combination of colors in which he depicted animals that live in the mountains and Mexican deserts, as well as some symbols and gods of representative Mexican cultures.

The event was hosted by Misty Haskett, director of Mujeres en Cambio. During the event, guests enjoyed a glass of wine or a drink and a variety of snacks served from overflowing tables.

Beth Rosener, coordinator of the Fashion Show, describes Angela Nasta as a generous, hardworking, and very creative woman who has employed more than 100 women and men from the city’s rural communities. She will soon be opening stores abroad, which will open up more jobs. The core of Mujeres en Cambio’s mission goes hand in hand with what Angela is doing by creating jobs for women from rural communities. The Mujeres en Cambio mission is to support young women living in communities close to the city through scholarships to further their education. The funds raised from this event will be used for this purpose, continuing to provide scholarships to the young women of San Miguel de Allende who need it most. This year the number of scholarships has increased from 160 to 174. Currently, 42 young women are studying at university level in fields such as medicine, law, architecture, nursing, education, tourism, technology, and business.

The fashion show was carried out with the help of women and men from San Miguel, who elegantly modeled outfits full of Mexican folklore: day dresses, evening dresses, shirts, jeans, capes, and other garments that enchanted the audience. The event was set to music by the group Media Luna, which played some Latin rhythms to accompany the strolling models.

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