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Ebony Fashion Fair brings Fashion and Funds to Inland Empire

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By Michelle Fernandes

Last Thursday, the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce and President Linda Wright hosted the 49th Annual EBONY Fashion Fair show at the Moreno Valley Conference Center. The next day, the SociaLites in San Bernardino hosted their annual show.  Aside from providing an entertaining and fashionable evening, the sold-out ticket purchases contributed to three five hundred dollar scholarships.

ImageA celebrated charity performance for various organizations and scholarship foundations, EBONY Fashion Fair has raised more than $52 million for various scholarship organizations, granting hundreds of young adults the opportunity to pursue a higher education. The MVBCC presented scholarships to Anjelice Foremean of Valley View High School, Chelsea Fuller of Moreno Valley High School, and Tyra Woods of Moreno Valley High School.

This year's theme was "Stylishly Hot" and appropriately narrated by the beautiful and accomplished author and speaker Jada Collins. The show opened with Collins strutting down the runway in a black Angelo Marani Couture gown detailed with red hot flames.

ImageThe models then took their turns entertaining the audience in equally sizzling outfits and gowns by world-renowned designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Henry Jackson, Zang Toi, Missoni, Valentino, Givenchy, and many more American, French, and Italian designers. From embellished denim, stylish trench coats and "blinging" swimsuits to elegant evening gowns, the Fashion Fair stage was engulfed in brilliant vibrant colors of red, pink, yellow, purple, and blue.

Among the different segments of the show, a scene titled "Global Sizzle" featured modern designs inspired by traditional Asian, Indian, and Russian dress. A large portion of this segment was dedicated to African-inspired gowns and daywear.

ImageAmong the attendees were local celebrities Davetta Sherwood of "My Wife and Kids" and China Shavers of "Boston Public." The official sponsors of this year's Fashion Fair were EBONY Magazine, American Airlines, Ford, SoftSheen-Carson, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, and JET Magazine.

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