Meet our Volunteers
Our diverse runway stars redefine fashion at the UCOF Fall Fashion Festival. Discover the faces behind "Fashion without Borders" and celebrate the richness of cross-cultural style. These models embody unity and creativity, making every stride on our runway a statement of inclusivity. Join us in applauding their commitment to diversity in fashion.
Anthony Onyewadume, better known by his stage name T-rex Dah Wordsmith, is a Nigerian-Canadian rapper, afrobeat singer, songwriter, and performing artist. The wordsmith is known for his energetic stage performances, story telling abilities, freestyling, and multi-syllabic rhymes.
Aminata Diallo, a distinguished graduate with a specialization in Political Science from the University of Moncton, presents a unique blend of helpfulness, friendliness, and a fervent appetite for challenges. Her heart, however, beats for the world of modeling, a realm she aspires to conquer.
The runway, in particular, serves as Aminata's preferred stage, where she not only excels but thrives. Stepping onto the podium is her source of unwavering confidence, a canvas for her artistic expression. With each stride, she weaves a narrative that spotlights the ingenuity of designers and the elegance of fashion. For Aminata, every fashion show represents a stride toward realizing her dream of becoming an accomplished model.
Modeling, in her eyes, transcends mere profession; it is a calling, a passion, and the very essence of her being.
Uchenna, also known as Chen, is a versatile model of Philippine-Nigerian heritage who began her career at 19 by participating in local pageants in the Philippines. She has been freelancing as a model since 2018, collaborating with agencies such as Adtracz and ecomvid Asia in the Philippines and Brides Maldives in the Maldives. Her portfolio includes projects with renowned brands such as Coco Collections, Maldives Explorer, Jay Studio, and Rio Grande. Uchenna is also a dedicated nurse by profession, and she actively volunteers in the fashion industry during her free time.
Dia de los Muertos
The Catrina was presented by "Dia de los Muertos, Atlantic Canada 2023," modeling the "Tehuana" dress, a modern take on the Guelaguetza festival attire from Oaxaca, México. Crafted by Perla Hernandez, this ensemble features a cotton petticoat with lace, an embroidered huipil blouse, and a skirt, with the option of a lace skirt. The color palette pays homage to cochineal insect's carmine shades, an ancient Mexican heritage.
The dress also showcases Carla Salazar's remarkable embroidery piece titled "Live." This work embodies Carla's vibrant style and draws inspiration from nature, representing her family's lineage and future generations. Each element holds spiritual significance tied to her celestial guardians—her parents.
I really like this platform that provides plenty of opportunities, peoples and ideas where you can introduce yourself and your creativeness.
Josue Arce holds a background in photography with a specialized focus on fashion and portraiture. His experience encompasses capturing images of models in various settings such as fashion shows and beauty pageants, as well as collaborating with designers to create impactful advertising photography.
Furthermore, Josue Arce has a longstanding involvement in the realm of music. From an early age, he demonstrated his musical inclination by initiating and participating in musical ensembles both during his academic years in school and throughout his university journey.