TeKay Designs Embraces Culture at African Fashion Week Houston

TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the first annual African Fashion Week Houston, an event that united Houstonians and international guests in celebration of African fashion, dance and music.

View video of TeKay Designs fashion show at African Fashion Week Houston. Video by Next Level Multimedia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AnfbbJ6jJM8
Models wearing TeKay Designs at African Fashion Week Houston.

This was a grand affair designed to bridge the gap in cultural diversity by bringing together and presenting fashion designers, musicians, performers of different arts and comedians from different parts of the world.

TeKay Designs Bridal WearInternational fashion brand, TeKay Designs, showcased their African-inspired formal and bridal attire with vibrant colored geles, a headpiece worn by Africans on a global scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TeKay’s presentation was comprised of brightly colored garments made of Ankara print, jacquard, cotton brocade, satin, george, kente, and embroidered laces.  During the event, we released a preview of our Spring 2015 formal collection comprising of sexy and fitted evening gowns, semi-formal attire and casual wear.
TeKay Designs evening and bridal gowns

The detachable train on several short sets made with Ankara print mixed with solid fabrics allow easy transition from day to evening look which makes the outfit versatile. Gold, yellow, green and purple are the dominant colors in this collection.
TeKay Designs African print dress and detachable train

Guests were wowed by models wearing stunning African fashions in the elaborate ballroom decorated with chandeliers, covered chairs, ceiling drapes, floral arrangements, DJ, live band, catered food and drinks.
TeKay Designs evening gown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shimmering gold embroidered lace and beaded satin bodice on our new couture gown represents wealth and prosperity globally which is fitting for a Nubian Queen. The purple color on the gele (headpiece) personifies royalty in most parts of Africa and the world.

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Headpieces are symbolic in many parts of Western and Southern Africa, and for some Africans, an outfit is not complete without the headpiece.

TeKay Designs Gold Couture Pageant Evening Gown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show opened with an electrifying performance by Dundunba cultural dancers and special appearance by Nnenna Agba, America’s Next Top Model contestant.

Dundunba cultural dancers at African Fashion Week Houston
The three day event included a meet and greet fashion mixer, a fashion and arts workshop, and the Fall of Signature Essence (F.O.S.E.) runway show and concert.

TeKay Designs on the red carpet at African Fashion Week Houston

Photographer: Next Level Photography

ABOUT TEKAY DESIGNS INC.

TeKay Designs is an international fashion house, based in Houston Texas, that offers custom designs and couture bridal gowns, formal attire and statement fashion jewelry. Founded in 1998, TeKay features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. The designer brand is most noted for providing unique ethnic attire and non traditional pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers. The company facilitates production in Ghana, Africa and Houston, Texas.

Contact Information:

TeKay Designs Inc.
Email: customerservice@tk-designs.com
Website: http://www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeKayDesigns?ref=hl
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com
Phone: 281-807-0589

Thanks to the media for publishing story on City of Dallas embracing African heritage

Thanks to the publications that published the news feature on the City of Dallas embracing African heritage at the Dallas International Fashion show. TeKay Designs was a featured designer at this event that was co-hosted by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine on May 16, 2014.

BE Entertained Magazine
http://bemagazine.me/2014/06/04/the-city-of-dallas-embraces-african-heritage/

F.I.N.E. Success Magazine
http://finesuccessmag.com/dallas-texas-embraces-african-fashion/

Exquisite Magazine
http://exquisitemag.com/city-dallas-embraces-african-heritage/

Africa Business
http://africabusiness.com/2014/06/04/dallas-africa

Fashion Industry Network
http://www.fashionindustrynetwork.com/profiles/blog/list?tag=Fashion

Style 601
http://style601.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/a-tribal-fashion-dreamscape/

The Nigerian Voice
http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/148512/1/the-city-of-dallas-embraces-african-fashions-and-c.html

Diva’s Scribe
http://www.divascribe.com/app/webroot/blog/?p=2151

BHF Magazine
http://bhfmagazine.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-city-of-dallas-embraces-african-fashions-and-cultural?xg_source=activity
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ABOUT TEKAY DESIGNS INC

TeKay Designs is an international fashion house, based in Houston Texas, that offers custom designs and couture bridal gowns, formal attire and statement fashion jewelry.  Founded in 1998, TeKay features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. The designer brand is most noted for providing unique ethnic attire and non traditional pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers. The company facilitates production in Ghana, Africa and Houston, Texas.

Contact Information:

TeKay Designs Inc.
Email: customerservice@tk-designs.com
Website: http://www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeKayDesigns?ref=hl
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com
Phone: 281-807-0589

The Queen Of The Brides collection by TeKay Designs includes couture bridal and formal gowns accesorized with quality pieces of jewelry. The gowns and dresses in this collection represents queens from various countries around the world where people hold their royalty in high regard.  The couture statement necklaces, chokers and bracelets are embraced by the discerning woman who wants to wear a fashion masterpiece and feel like a queen for a special occasion.   Queen Of The Brides provides upscale designs for weddings, prom, pageant, evening, red carpet, galas and special occasions.

Contact Information:
Queen Of The Brides
Email: queenofthebrides@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.queenofthebrides.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebrides
Blog: http://blog.queenofthebrides.com
Phone: 281-969-5961

TeKay Designs celebrates culture at The Dallas International Fashion Event

TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the second Dallas International Fashion Event co-hosted by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine to spotlight global fashion and the cultural heritage of Africa, including a mix of Asian and European cultures.
TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides

Held at the Dallas City Performance Hall on May 16, 2014, the event was a platform for international relations.  The evenings lineup featured dancers, entertainers, members of the Dallas City Council, foreign dignitaries, and international fashion designers.

View video of TeKay Designs and Queen Of The Brides fashion showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STvU0M1Iz4k
TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Dallas International Fashion Show 2014

The event was presented by Trendy Africa Magazine to benefit the Dallas Youth Council.  Nigerian Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Dallas Councilwoman Vonciel Jones-Hill, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa and Publisher May Olusola were among the honorees to receive the distinguished Tammae Award.  TAMMAE is an annual mothers appreciation concept by Trendy Africa Magazine to honor individuals who have impacted their communities through personal and professional efforts.
TAMMAE Award recipients at Dallas International Fashion Show

 

The prestigious event was attended by special guests including: Dwaine Caraway (Dallas City Councilman), Karl Z. (City of Dallas), Lee McKinney (Assistant Director, office of Economic Development City of Dallas), Honorable Abike Dabiri Erewa (Chairman Diaspora committee Federal House of Representatives Nigeria, Ime Udo-member National Council for Arts and Culture Nigeria), Bob Brunner (Vice President – Arik Air International), Eeefy Ike-  International Motivational Speaker and Designer), Regina Onyeibe (The City of Dallas Africa liaison officer), and Chinwe Isaac (Nigerian Actress and Producer). dif-trendy-247  DIF-QOB-2014-6ORIG DIF-QOB4535 DIF-TK4339crop DIF-TK4347A DIF-TK4350 DIF-TK4358 DIF-TK4376A DIF-TK4383

Dallas Texas is recognized as the ninth-largest city and a highly culturally diverse city in the U.S.  This fashion platform provided the Dallas community an opportunity to experience alternative fashion styles that are accessible here in Texas.

 

 

 

 

“Queen of the Brides” Royalty Themed Gowns at Fashion Week in New York

TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, brought the elegance and regalness of historic monarchs to fashion week in New York. This season TeKay Designs presented Queen of the Brides, a collection of gowns with accessories that are historic and have a cultural significance during Couture fashion show in New York. The design concepts are sophisticated shapes in luxury fabrics, textures and colors. The label’s unique selection of bridal gowns caters to the bride who values culture and yearns to be unique.

Queen Cleopatra VII Gown by Queen Of The Brides

Queen Cleopatra VII Gown by Queen Of The Brides; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

TeKay’s show opened with an acoustic chorus sound track, chromatic luminance and a branded light projection. Diversity was applied to model selection as each model graced the catwalk with authoritarian elegance. While some gowns are accented with colorful embroidery, other gowns cast an angelic shimmer of beading as a decorative finish. The Queen of the Brides collection represents inspirational women of royalty from various cultures throughout history. The collection exemplifies cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity.

West African Queen Of The Brides - NZINGHA AMAZON QUEEN OF MATAMBA WEST AFRICA

West African Queen Of The Brides – NZINGHA AMAZON QUEEN OF MATAMBA WEST AFRICA . Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

Each season, new gowns are added to the collection. Women of royalty are represented from all over the globe through these gowns. Places such as Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East influenced the current collection. The gowns express cultural themes that resonate with many ethnic groups.

Queen Amina of Zaria, Nigeria Gown

Queen Amina of Zaria, Nigeria Gown

This is why it was important for Queen of the Brides collection to be presented in New York City. New York is a melting pot of cultures and I am proud to present a bridal collection that acknowledges style aesthetics that many cultures have contributed to humanity.

Empress Theophanu Gown

Empress Theophanu Gown – Queen Of The Brides; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

TeKay Designs featured white gowns with gold or silver details, pearls, florals, and statement jewelry that complemented each look. The Queen of the Brides collection was accessorized for dramatization during the couture fashion show. However, each
dress can be styled for a more contemporary look and accompanied with an optional matching brides maids dress.

Empress Candace of Ethiopia Gown

Empress Candace of Ethiopia Gown; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

This spring we are offering specials to brides who order matching bridal party dresses, gown accessories or statement jewelry pieces. We specialize in gown creations for themed weddings, and we have a reputation for creating custom fashions. We believe sharing cultural royalty is a significant way to pass on the legacy and heritage of family.

Queen Consort Margherita Gown

Queen Consort Margherita Gown; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

A Celebration of History and Cultural Style

Excitement was in the air for guests that attended the inaugural celebration of black history and cultural style at the Wyndham Hotel in Houston TX on February 23, 2014. The Black History Month Fashion Show was a benefit event sponsored by EZCall-EZTalk Prepaid Calling Solutions and endorsed by The Liberian Association of Greater Houston. The affair was as educational as it was entertaining. The activities included fashion shows, music, cultural dancers, live painting, and influential speakers. The Master of ceremony, Ms. Ajali, a radio personality with local Houston KTSU radio station, entertained the crowd.

Fash-Philetta Designs

Fash-Philetta Designs

The models opened the presentation wearing contemporary fashions with cultural adornments and traditional African fabrics. The opening looks are titled “The Cross Over Collection” by fashion designer, Philetta K. Phillips of Fash Philetta Designs LLC. A Liberian native and Houston resident , Phillips creates custom formal gowns and casual attire inspired by her African heritage.  She launched her clothing line to showcase a blend of African inspired clothing with European fit to the community in Houston and abroad.  This includes kente ties and vests, short dresses, matching couple attire, and formal ethnic wear made of colorful print and solid fabric.Fash Philetta Designs

“Black History Month is an appropriate time to acknowledge diversity within the African-American communities of Houston, Texas.” explains Philetta. “There is a steady demand for trendy African fashions in Texas and beyond. For the twelve plus years that I have resided in Houston, people of all races and ethnicity inquire about my African inspired dresses and culture. I decided to produce the Black History Month Fashion Show to pay homage to my African heritage and promote cultural awareness through fashion.  Through a grass roots effort, we extended invitations to various residents of Houston and surrounding areas via flyers, social media, radio and word of mouth.”

The second fashion presentation was a bridal collection by TeKay Designs of Houston, TX. This was a spectacle of glamour that included embroidered and beaded gowns from TeKay’s Modern Bridal, Ethnic Bridal and Queen Of The Brides collection.  Each fashion look in the Queen Of The Brides collection is inspired by a woman of royalty and historic significance from various countries around the world.

TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs

Keynote speaker Isis Brantley addressed the audience with an insight into the under reported dynamics of ethnic style in America. Isis is known nationwide as Naturally Isis, the style guru of Natural Hair Care. As founder of the Institute of Ancestral Braiding in Dallas Texas, Isis stands for preserving collective economics and cultural identity for African-Americans. Isis set forth a tone for self appreciation and cultural insight that was appropriate for an ethnic fashion celebration.

Isis Brantley delivers keynote speech at Black History Month 2014 fashion show wearing TeKay Designs.

Isis Brantley delivers keynote speech at Black History Month 2014 fashion show wearing TeKay Designs.

There were numerous vendors representing local businesses and start-up ventures.

Netash Creations at Black History Month 2014 Fashion Show

Netash Creations at Black History Month 2014 Fashion Show. Photographer: Amos Mulbah of AME Production

Ardyss International

Ardyss International.

Black History Month Fashion Show

Black History Month Fashion Show 2014 Models and Designer Philetta K. Phillips

Africans in attendance who may have forgotten their industrious history certainly received an educational finale on what is happening in Houston that is cultural style.

Fash Philetta Designs LLC
Philetta K. Phillips
Houston, TX
Phone: 832-339-7975
fashphiletta@gmail.com
www.philettakphillips.com


TEKAY DESIGNS INC
P.O. Box 692454
Houston, TX 77269
Phone: 281-807-0589
www.tk-designs.com
www.queenofthebrides.com
feedback@tk-designs.com
www.facebook.com/tekaydesigns

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week 2014

TeKay Designs, an international fashion label based in Houston Texas, presented the Queen Of The Brides collection comprised of luxurious bridal and evening gowns at Couture Fashion Week in New York City.  The fashion show was held on Sunday February 16, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel, marking the label’s first showing at the prestigious event.

Models representing historic queens and women of royalty walked the runway in couture bridal gowns and pageant dresses accessorized with high end fashion necklaces, statement headpieces or veils. View more pictures of the fashion show at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.544907648950482.1073741839.141463822628202&type=1

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides is an international collection representing gowns named after renowned queens from various countries and cultures around the world.  New York City is a fusion of culture and diversity.  It was important to showcase the Queen Of The Brides collection in New York City because of the diversity in the Queen Of The Brides wedding gowns.

For the Fall / winter 2014 season, the collection was expanded to include couture wedding gowns and accessories representing queens from Italy, Sweden, Liberia and Nigeria. In addition, the label showcased gowns representing Queen Cleopatra VII (the last pharoah of ancient Egypt), Queen Isis of Egypt, Queen Mumtaz Mahal of India, Queen Eleanor of England, Queen Regnant Christina of Sweden.

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

We also created new bridal headpieces including our pearl and crystal headpiece with dangling pearls to match the Queen Cleopatra Selene gown.

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

About Couture Fashion Week

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and
receptions. The event is held twice a year in New York City and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique promotional opportunities for luxury products and services.

Website: http://www.CoutureFashionWeek.com

About TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs is a renowned international fashion house that offers couture bridal and formal gowns, pageant dresses, statement fashion jewelry, and trendy ethnic designs. TeKay Designs specializes in handcrafted pieces that appeal to clients who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. With more than 16 years in business, TeKay Designs has been featured in numerous print publications including The Knot, Bridal Guide Magazine, The New York Times, Self, and Get Married Magazine. TeKay Designs’ statement necklaces have been worn by celebrities including tennis superstar Serena Williams, and actress Ashley Rickards. The company facilitates design and production in Houston, Texas and Ghana, Africa. Designing high quality products is TeKay Designs’s pledge to their customers.

Website: www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com

About Queen Of The Brides

Queen of the Brides was launched in 2012 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeKay Designs Inc. which was founded in 1998. Queen of the Brides offers high-end historical bridal and formal gowns that include quality pieces of jewelry representative from the same time period. The Queen of The Brides collection has been featured in numerous publications including Wedding Pages magazine and Wedding Style Guide International. Designing high quality products
is our pledge to our customers.

Website: http://www.queenofthebrides.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebrides
Blog: http://blog.queenofthebrides.com

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Black History Month 2014 Benefits Fashion Show

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African inspired clothing designer line “The Cross Over” to debut during highly anticipated Black History Month fashion show

Houston TX USA, January 8, 2014  – Fashion designer Philetta K. Phillips will debut her 2014 African inspired clothing Line “The Cross Over” at the 1st annual Black History Month Benefits fashion show. Hosted by EZCall EZTalk, the event will be held on February 23, 2014 at the Wyndham Hotel located at 14703 Park Rd Blvd, Houston TX 77079. The fashion show will also feature ethnic and African couture bridal fashions by TeKay Designs. Music will be provided by a DJ and cultural dancers will entertain guests at the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm CT. Regular admission is $25 and Patron admission is $50.

A Liberian native and Houston resident, Mrs. Phillips has been sewing and designing since Elementary school. She is passionate about African attire and her clothing line is a blend of European and African fashions. “The Cross Over” designs range from elaborate evening gowns to fun casual wear. The fashion label, Fash Philetta Designs, by designer Philetta Phillips recently launched a new website (http://www.philettakphillips.com) that will allow global consumers to view the company’s diverse designs and appreciate the beauty of African fashion.

According to Phillips, “I decided that 2014 is the year to formally launch my clothing line and showcase hand-made African inspired clothing to my customers and fashion enthusiasts in Houston and abroad. The 2014 collection “The Cross Over” includes business suits, formal and evening attire, and casual wear. “The Cross Over” is inspired by my burning desire to produce fashions that can be worn to work and social occasions that strikes the right balance between African and American / European culture.” For a taste of bridal couture, TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides will also showcase select bridal gowns representing Queens and women of power from various countries around the world.

Thirty percent of proceeds from the event will be distributed among three charities: The Liberian Association of Greater Houston, Ward Educational Fund and a renowned cancer organization in the USA. Gold, Silver, Bronze, Red and Individual sponsorships are available ranging from $200 to $50. Sponsors and vendors can register at  http://www.philettakphillips.com to participate in the event. This highly anticipated event will also provide a platform for other local businesses to display their products and services in the vending area and the event program.

Contact Information:

Fash Philetta Designs LLC
Philetta K. Phillips, Fashion Designer
Phone: 832-339-7975
email: fashphiletta@gmail.com

Joyce Adams, Special Event Sponsor Coordinator
Phone: 713-819-2419

Website: http://www.philettakphillips.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Philettakphillips?ref=profile

TeKay Designs celebrates Equatorial Guinea Independence Day

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November 21, 2013

TeKay Designs celebrates Equatorial Guinea Independence Day
The program included a fashion show where TeKay Designs was the shining star.

Houston, TX, November 21, 2013– October 19, 2013 was the Houston celebration of Equatorial Guinea’s Independence Day. The festivities included beverages, food, music and a fashion show. TeKay Designs amazed the crowd with their breathtaking designs, full of vibrant colors, innovative lines and gorgeous accents with African influences. Their designs can be seen on their website at: www.tk-designs.com.

“TeKay Designs is thankful to the Consulate of Equatorial Guinea for the opportunity to present our diverse cultural and contemporary fashions to the citizens, friends and guests of Equatorial Guinea.  TeKay Designs has a strong connection to Africa with a design and manufacturing center in Ghana.” – Kimma Wreh, Creative Director, TeKay Designs

The Honorable Domingo Mba Esono Nsang, the Consul General of Equatorial Guinea, and the Honorable Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to the US, spoke at the event to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the nation’s independence. The mayor of Houston, through a representative, declared October 19 as Equatorial Guinea Day in the city.

The TeKay Designs that were presented included African men’s suits, sexy short sets, couture bridal gowns, hand-made necklaces and extraordinary evening wear.  Most of the designs were influenced by African patterns, style and colors. The crowd gathered to celebrate the event were wowed by the incredible beauty of Wreh’s design.

“For the bold and discerning bride that does not want to see herself coming and going in a typical bridal dress, TeKay Designs has one-of-a kind bridal gowns and jeweled pieces that are works of art. For a true couture experience, designer Kimma Wreh will design and craft a bridal gown that is both unique and elegant with artfully created accent pieces that are absolute show stoppers.”- Diane Sulpizio, Fashion Stylist.

TeKay Designs is a renowned international fashion house that offers custom designs and ready-to-wear ethnic and modern bridal, formal, casual maternity and fashion jewelry. TeKay Designs features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. TeKay Designs is most noted for providing unique ethnic wear and contemporary pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers. The company facilitates production in Ghana, Africa and Houston, Texas.  Designing high quality products is their pledge to their customers.

Photo Credit: Chibuzor Okonta and Marc Allen PhotographyPhoto Credit: Chibuzor Okonta and Marc Allen Photography

Cultural Pride Is A Fashionable Asset

Two beauty pageant winners set a tone for social cohesion as they display
cultural fashions in the forefront during their humanitarian missions.

Ms. America 2013 - Chiniqua Pettaway
Self pride is beneficial for individual self-esteem. In some cultures, showing pride is almost mandatory to illustrate one’s love and appreciation for community or a cause. In the world of pageantry, contestants are quite selective over the pageant gown that is worn as it is an anticipated segment of the pageant. Judges and audiences typically expect contestants to wear traditional pageant gowns and wardrobe. However we found two accomplished women (Ms. Florida America 2013 – Amanda Wamunyima and Ms. America 2013 – Chiniqua Pettaway) who embrace ethnic fashions and display cultural pride in their community.
—Amanda Wamunyima during Ms. America 2013 pageant interview.

 

A dynamic new trend is the expression of cultural fashions in the world of mainstream pageantry. Cultural fashions are more prevalent in ethnic-based pageants. Ms. Wamunyima (a first-generation immigrant from the country of Zambia) sparked a trend when she not only wore an ethnic-inspired evening gown but her entire wardrobe during the Ms. America 2013 pageant week’s activities comprised of trendy ethnic inspired designs. During the competition, Amanda wore an ivory satin evening gown with metallic gold lace trim and crystals at waist and off shoulder, and side slit. Amanda Wamunyima - Ms. Florida America 2013

Amanda explains, “My wardrobe is styled by TeKay Designs in Houston Texas. I’m proud of my culture. I want to show my cultural side through ethnic fashions. Because I’m from Zambia, I want to shine a light on African fashions to support the designers. African fashions are more than just clothing; because the garment tells a story in tribal context. For example; the fabric that is used in traditional Musisi dresses often signifies a geographical region and tribal expression. There is also a new generation of Africans who are more inspired by western designs fused with African fabrics. And they call these looks Afrique-Chic. So, I wear ethnic fashions to share more about whom I am.” Amanda has sparked a cultural style trend in mainstream pageantry. Since winning her title, you will find Amanda adorned in opulent cultural fashions and representing her title at events while advancing her humanitarian cause. Amanda’s mission is to lend her voice to ieEmbrace organization as her humanitarian cause. ieEmbrace provides hospitals and clinics with medical supplies and equipment; as well as offering youth development programs.

TeKay Designs at GIMA Awards
Presenting culture in the forefront is a fashionable asset, even more so at gala events that are as highly profiled as the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) ceremony. Amongst the celebrities and socialites, we met with pageant winner Chiniqua Pettaway the reigning Ms. America 2013. Ms. Pettaway’s striking appearance in a body sculpting bronze gold lace dress with pleated undertones made her a paparazzi magnet as she arrived to accept interviews. This is intended, because Ms. America knows to leverage media attention to advance her humanitarian mission to the forefront.

“I embrace my culture by being active in the African-American community as a mentor to young women. I coach at youth development programs. I teach etiquette classes and lecture young people about life, the importance of education and how it will affect their life in the long term.” states Pettaway.

As a humanitarian, Chiniqua Pettaway extends her time to support many areas of her community. She extends her time to youth initiatives, social dignitaries, civic groups and spiritual organizations; as well as local entrepreneurial startups. Pettaway is especially passionate about her platform of service “Guard a Heart” a heart health awareness foundation. Guard a Heart’s mission is to fight heart disease with their campaign, “Know your Risk, Save a Life.” Heart conditions are the number-one killer of men and women in America. Chiniqua Pettaway is a small business owner herself, and her title as Ms. America offers Chiniqua unique opportunities to connect with other businesses and to form meaningful relationships.

Ms. America 2013 - Chiniqua Pettaway“I want to wear ethnic fashions that show my cultural pride. TeKay Designs is a young cultural design business and I’m willing to support that platform. The fashions are extremely cohesive as a collection; and you can always identify TeKay’s signature design. TeKay’s fashions are vibrant in color with diverse styles. The garments are distinctly ethnic, but the looks will compliment anyone. TeKay diversifies the models so when people of different ethnicities see the dresses, they can see themselves wearing TeKay’s fashions too. I embrace culture one-hundred percent! And so long as I like the garment, I’ll wear it! It’s important for me to project a positive image. Popular Media today has a heavy influence on what African-American youth emulate. There are certainly some poor examples being projected in the Media. As I see it, there is a huge gap between where the African-American culture actually has advanced to, and the perception of where we’ve advanced to. We do not have a lot of good role models for African-American youth to relate to in popular Media so I try to be that positive image and that’s why I’m active in the community. I want to have a real presence, and lead by example.” explains Pettaway.

Chiniqua Petaway, Ms America in ethnic fashionsEthnic fashions are an asset, and offers a nonverbal expression of pride that automatically signals social status. It is cultural pride that motivates communitarian ways. Historic African-American leaders have always used cultural style to express direction when implementing plans, and to motivate people. Amanda Wamunyima and Chiniqua Pettaway are two of many untold examples of how sister-hood holds up the neighborhood —adorned in cultural style!
Amanda Wamunyima - Ms. Florida America 2013TEKAY DESIGNS INC
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