New Albany fashion show raises awareness of human trafficking

During a fashion show, New Albany High School senior Hannah Rezabek will showcase a black couture number handcrafted by noted fashion designer Korto Momolu.

She will wear dark makeup — black lipstick, heavy eyeliner, smoky eyes — and messily teased curls; and move across the stage at the McCoy Community Center for the Arts in a full textured skirt and velvet strapless top, accompanied by a neck-and-shoulder piece of intertwined ropes.

“It’s very powerful to get to embrace this character and personify the story behind the dress,” Rezabek said.

That tale that her outfit weaves, in fact, is a disturbing one. It reinforces how a human-trafficking victim feels “tied” to the streets, as reflected by the struggles of victims, even when rescued, to break free from the grip of pimps and prostitution.

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