Kasargod, Jul 31: In a groundbreaking event that combined fashion, inclusivity, and advocacy, Snehalaya Psycho-social Center for men and women hosted a fashion show aimed at empowering individuals with mental health challenges. The event, titled 'Snehalaya Fashion Fest', took place at Snehalaya Auditorium on July 29.
The show was organized by Snehalaya Charitable Trust, a non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and breaking down the stigmas associated with mental health conditions. The main aim was to provide a platform for individuals with mental health challenges to showcase their talents, boost their self-confidence, and raise awareness about mental health issues.
From the very beginning, the event emphasized inclusivity and diversity. A wide range of models of all ages, genders, body types, and ethnicities participated in the show. Designers also joined hands with the cause and presented a diverse array of outfits, embracing a variety of styles and inspirations.
The show was inaugurated by AKM Ashraf, MLA Manjeshwar constituency, along with Joseph Crasta, executive director of Snehalaya Charitable Trust. Guests from various realms of society were present for the event, namely: Gean Lavina Monteiro – president, Manjeshwar gram panchayat, V J Dixon – celebrity host/TV anchor/ fashion model, Shamsudin Thandilam – celebrity photographer, DJ Shadz – international DJ, Shanoj Irani – international fashion show director, Sajna Saaj – choreographer, Yajnesh Amin Ullal – fashion designer, Shobith – model and show director, Akshaya – costume designer, Roshan Martis – chief editor, Karavali Suddi, Alwyn D’Souza – president, Catholic Sabha, Mangalore province, Naveen Monteiro – Saudi Friends, M S Thomas – founder president Santhosh Arts & Sports Club Sithangoli.
As the event concluded, it left a lasting impact on the audience and participants alike. The collective effort to break down barriers and empower individuals with mental health challenges through fashion resonated with many. The hope is that this event will inspire similar initiatives worldwide and continue to foster understanding and support for mental health causes. The backbone of the show, Shobith, and Akshaya, were felicitated during the event. The programme was hosted by Lavita Menezes.