[PHOTOS]: 25 models for cultural fashion night

Over 70 young vibrant boys and girls across East Africa participated in a runway model casting event organised by Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show (RCFS), in partnership with Kigali Fashion Week. The auditions took place at Great Seasons Hotel in Kigali.
Catwalk hopefuls rehearse ahead of next month's Cultural Fashion Night in Kigali.
Catwalk hopefuls rehearse ahead of next month's Cultural Fashion Night in Kigali.

Over 70 young vibrant boys and girls across East Africa participated in a runway model casting event organised by Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show (RCFS), in partnership with Kigali Fashion Week. The auditions took place at Great Seasons Hotel in Kigali.

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Up to the job.

RCFS is an annual fashion event founded in 2012 by Celestin Ntawirema to promote fashion designers and create public awareness about the talent and quality designs in the region and Africa.

 
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A male model struts his stuff on the catwalk.

Hopefuls were asked to strut their stuff on the catwalk in front of a panel of judges and were measured to see whether they have catwalk proportions. 72 girls and boys attended the open casting but only 25 made the grade.

 
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A model waits for her chance to impress judges.

Burundi’s Leslie Akimana, one of the catwalk hopefuls selected for the Cultural Fashion Night, said the audition was not very difficult. However, Kenya’s Meshack Okeyo, said he was not sure he would be selected because his fellow contestants were towering him— but his unwavering confidence and belief helped him to believe in myself and impressed the judges.

 
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Judges during the casting.

Ntawirema said the fashion industry has begun to gain ground but encouraged Rwandans to support local designers and models to create a more vibrant fashion industry.

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Some of the aspiring models selected for next month’s fashion show pose for a photo with the judges. (All photos by Lydia Atieno)

The selected models will participate in the runway fashion show at the Goethe Institut in Kigali on May 13. The event will feature local and regional fashion designers. They are also expected to take part in all fashion shows organised by both Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show and Kigali Fashion Week.

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