Plus size models steal show at Glitz Africa Fashion Show

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Plus size models Glitz Africa Fashion Week
The plus size models included media personality, AJ Sarpong (left) and comedian, Jacinta (right)

Plus size models stole the show on Saturday, October 20, at the Glitz Africa Fashion Week (GAFW), runway show, which came off at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

The segment was dubbed, "About the Curvy Collections” and just as the name implied, the models came with heavy goods in the “front and back." as they strutted the runway in designs from Jenny Gyamps Collection and You Raphael.

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Citi FM’s AJ Sarpong's appearance in a long white gown revealing every detail of her curves drew a lot of cheers from patrons who were clearly excited to see the curvy women at a fashion show.

Somehow, the intention of the designers to showcase their creative designs was overshadowed as it appeared most patrons had a larger interest in the curvy shapes of the models, judging from the cheers.

From revealing ball gowns and evening wear to midi dresses, the well-endowed models positively promoted the works of the designers.

The night, however, wasn’t just about the curvy models as other designers including Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Caesar Couture, Kamsi TCharles, Tokyo James, Moofa Designs and Mai Atafo also showed off some amazing designs on the runway.

While Tokyo James showed off his creatively designed coats, Kamsi TCharles displayed more of the corporate look for men.

The military styled designs of Nigeria’s Ejiro Amos Tafiri was one of the best parts of the fashion show as he brought life to the uniform.

Ghana’s Ophelia Crossland wowed with her simple yet classy collection of casual and vintage tea dresses on the runway.

Earlier, there had been an accessory presentation from Velma Collections. Hats have become an important fashion accessory for women and Velma displayed some amazing pieces.

There were cocktail hats, feather cap fascinators and bridal veil fascinators made from various materials including flowers, beads and feathers.

Selina Beb is popular for its Handbags, clutches/purses and jewelry collection but she used the platform to showcase her fabric chokers and bead crowns.

Other designers at the annual Glitz Africa Fashion Week (GAFW) were Clemas and Paon.

Regarded as Ghana’s biggest annual fashion event, this year’s event which marked the sixth edition brought together industry players and fashion enthusiasts at the plush Kempinski Hotel (Gold Coast City) in Accra.

The three-day event which officially kicked off on Friday, October 19, had 45 designers and over 100 models in attendance.

There were fashion seminars, photography sessions, exhibitions, graduate shows and shows by some of the creative talents in tertiary institutions.

 In a statement, the Chief Executive Officer of Glitz Africa, Claudia Lumor said, “GAFW presents the perfect opportunity to meet fabulous designers across Africa showcasing their collections, models, fashionistas, celebrities and influencers in an atmosphere of glitz, fashion and style.”

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku, who was the special guest assured government’s support for the fashion event.

In her brief remarks, she noted that African fashion has come of age and there was a need to showcase it to the world.

“For six years, Glitz has shown the way by using its platform to promote made in Ghana goods which is commendable. The government will support the event to be sustainable,” she said.