On Sunday, August 17, 2014, I attended the Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show held at the Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore. Idia Models was started by Gwen Nanna, model and makeup artist, etiquette and runway coach. The agency is established on the values of integrity, honesty, love, dedication, respect, attention to details, gratitude, ingenuity, and creativity. Idia Models strives to prepare models for runway, print, and all other events in which models are required to meet the demands of national and international companies.

All of the values mentioned surely shined through the models and Gwen herself. The young women and men walked down the catwalk with confidence and grace. Gwen’s speech at the end of the show was very inspiring in the way that she talked about how it does not matter if you are short or tall or what skin color you have, we are all important. She is doing something truly great to empower the next generation.

Speaking of doing something great, the show also benefitted the Joshua House foundation. Joshua House cares for children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The foundation aims to keep siblings together since siblings become the only family children have after the parents are gone. A raffle was held and over $600 was raised. The grand prize winner took home a 4-day, 3-night trip to Puerta Vallarta!

Moving on to the fashion, the show featured collections from Tristan Richards Styles, Darci Alicea, All Brides 2 Be LLC, and The Platinum Zipper. Some of the vendors and sponsors included Mary Kay, Dazzlin Designs, Foco Latino, Orange Theory Fitness, Origami Owl, Sweet Treats Cakery (their cake was SOOOO good!), and MundoFox Tampa. Some of the images from the Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show are below. To see all of the photos, please like Knick Knacker on Facebook and view the album here.

I really enjoyed this event and am looking forward to the next one!

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