Make a catwalk far more interesting than a catfight! That’s the advise being given to women in the fashion industry this Women’s Day.

Candy Smith, the event’s CEO, says women should empower one another and be the voice of the voiceless.

Women designers from across the country converged in Bloemfontein for Fashion Week breakfast.

Free State Fashion Week celebrates women in fashion and media. The event seeks to close the gap of gender inequality.

Women empowerment and job creation are at the centre of discussions.

“Today I just want to encourage all the women that it doesn’t matter where you come from, it does not matter what your background is and it doesn’t matter what you went through in life. Always know that you will succeed. If you only have dream and a vision,” says Smith.

TV and radio personalities Somizi Mhlongo and Pearl Thusi were among the entertainers.

“Treasure the role that you are given in life. Always be proud of who you are. Never be scared to bring change,” says Thusi.

Some of this year’s Free State Fashion Week participants, will be traveling to New York for Fashion Week in Brooklyn.

“I’ve found my identity and I’m happy with the opportunity I’m given for doing what I love,” says one contestant.

“This is a great opportunity for me and it has become part of me”,  adds another thrilled contestant.

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