Assembly of God’s Gaborone branch was the venue for a fashion show extravaganza filled with fun and praises.
The youth wing of the church took the initiative to bring youth together to share in a free of charge event that promoted beauty, under the theme Candyland, whilst still sticking to the churches religious principles.
The 12 models that were on show dazzled audiences in sports, traditional and evening attire. The models and designers were from the churches’ youth group though the fashion show is symbolic of one’s true beauty.
The models were always dressed up in respectable outfits without a trace of indecency.
A stellar performance by Amogelang Mongwewarona, Aratwa Peloetletse and Mogakolodi Mmolotsi had the crowd on their feet as they performed Michael Bolton’s hit, Lean on me, and Beautiful by Cece Winans.
The crowd was, once again, cheering when a poem was being recited.
Mongwewarona spoke of how she continuously practices at home before any of her performances.
“What I do to get inspiration before a performance is sing my lungs out at home, performing on the night was awesome though I was a bit nervous,” she said.
In contrast, when asked if she felt nervous, Peloetletse said she was at ease because she knew most of the crowd members.
“No I was not nervous because I was singing before people I knew,” she replied.
One of the male models, Oduetse Bright, said the energy of the crowd kept him going.
“The lights were bright and helped me see the happy people so I was happy to see the crowd was being entertained so that helps me a lot,” he said.
The churches’ youth members, Nonofo Thokwane and Tshephiso Lekoko, kept the audience lively as hosts of the show.
Unlike most raps songs you may hear, the Scarlet rap group kept their lyrics clean and paid praises to their Almighty God.
The event also received support from local clothing labels Dilo Dilo, Hotness, and Akumen who had their labels on show.
In an interview, one of the organizers, Joy Setlhare, revealed her delight at the success of the fashion show.
“I was happy with the turn out; we hadn’t publicized to other churches, but mostly to the youth. Overall I m happy; it was a success, thanks to other organizers, Duduetsang Molwane, Oaratwa Kefitlhile, Lebogang Makhaola,” said Setlhare.
Setlhare highlighted the youth group’s determination to put on a good show despite the fact that they did not receive the full backing of designers outside of their church.
“MCs did great, but we were almost hindered by designers who took too long. In the end we modeled our own clothes,” Setlhare added.
In a time where the youth have been encouraged to indulge in more meaningful activities in order to stop alcohol and substance abuse, the fashion show managed to bring the youth together to engage in an evening filled with dazzling performances.
The church will be compiling a DVD with footage of the show.