Ribbon Rouge Presents: Mode Models

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I’m back with another feature of one of premiere partners, and some great friends at Mode Models!  Each year Mode Models contributes to our Ribbon Rouge Gala with an amazing assortment of local designers and amazing models and this year is no different.  We are so proud to welcome them back again this year and to include such dedicated and supportive partners and friends in our show.  Mode Models is truly an amazing organization with an international presence that is also a local agency here in the city!


Ribbon Rouge: Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself and your history/ what you think is important about who you are?

Mode Models: Mode Models is an international modeling agency that discovers, promotes and represents talent at the highest levels of the industry. Mode’s men and women have modeled fashions for virtually every top designer on the planet and through mode’s extensive network of relationships with other agencies, models are “placed” with companies like Women, IMG, Elite, and DNA in foreign markets. Thriving local markets in Alberta keep models busy when they return home. Some models, like Tricia Helfer, Jason Thompson and Kate Nauta, have turned their modeling success into acting careers and now star in major motion pictures and television shows. Mode Models offers more than just a service or product; it symbolizes opportunity. With tremendous clout and vast experience the agency stands as a door – an access point through which the best clients encounter the greatest talents.

RR: What do you stand for?

MM: Visionary, chic, ethical, audacious – these are the diverse words that describe mode models, a perennial name in the world of fashion.

RR: Our theme this year is QUEEN! It is an ode to powerful women who have positively influenced us by their lives. What does this mean to you?

MM: Powerful women are at the core of everything we do at Mode Models. For us, a QUEEN is a women with a purpose, a strong work ethic, and compassion for others.

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RR: How do you feel about femininity/ womanhood/ the state of affairs of women’s rights in our country?

MM: We see ourselves surrounded by strong intelligent women that are moving their causes forward in every area!

RR: Who is your Queen (inspiration)? Why?

MM: The women is our lives! We’re so lucky to be surrounded by them!

RR: Tell us about your art?

MM: Our art is finding the unique beauty in every new young woman we work with!

RR: What does it mean to you?

MM: It means giving opportunities and fostering talents in our local community, something we are very passionate about.

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RR: Your advice to women?

MM: Find what makes you special and celebrate what is unique about you!

RR: What does Ribbon Rouge mean to you?

MM: A chance to make a change!

RR: Where can we find you/ more of your work?

MM: www.modemodels.com

Facebook: Mode Models International

Twitter: @modemodels

Instagram: @modemodelsintl

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Mode Models will once again be a huge part of this year’s show and will be flaunting their talent on the catwalks at this year’s Gala. Join them on on November 28st, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton!   Don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

Ribbon Rouge #8

When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns  

Nine Years and Counting….

It is truly incredible that Ribbon Rouge is here in 2015. It has been 9 years of people from all sorts of walks of life coming together to make this idea a reality. This idea that art can be such a powerful tool in stirring emotion and igniting passions in us all to be better… to do more. And cheesy as it may sound, to remind us that we have a soul…to remind us to be the change we really want in our communities.

It is not a coincidence, that I have chosen to put together our annual installation of art during the 16 days of activism against gender violence from November 25th to December 10th. Gender based violence is a real epidemic in our world, and I believe it should be addressed as such. A public health concern that must be eradicated. To that end, we must shine a spotlight upon it, advocate against it and take action against it. Gender based violence is also an important determinant of the spread of HIV globally. To get to zero HIV, we must eliminate gender inequalities.

We must each spread the idea of an equitable state of being and play our parts.

This year we will have fun as always…lots of fun.

We will enjoy fine art from Ryan Postic, Tim Okamura and me. I have not drawn in 7 years (I can not believe it either, but life gets away from us sometimes), and so understandably, I am nervous about sharing these pieces.{Eeeeek! *laughing*}

We will listen to the very talented Sierra Jamerson’s politi-soul music, lust after our homegrown designer clothing then dance with DJ SQ …then with Mayito Rivera!

Sangea will dance for us and our STEP team will get our juices flowing…Our thoughts will be awakened to words spoken by Nasra Adem, and we will laugh at Rapid Fire Theatre’s improv performance…

This is the beauty of this particular show; it is a display of local artistes, artists, fashion designers, musicians all speaking with different voices the same message to immerse ourselves in the arts, and in so doing, get to Zero HIV. A simple message, that spreading ideas does in fact change the world.

We will have a tonne of fun!

…and in this way, we will be imbued with new ideas, thoughts, knowledge of powerful Queens, serious social justice issues, real resource needs.

Ribbon Rouge is maturing; we’ve gone from an annual student event to a full fledged Foundation with a vision and objectives; now we are at the horizon of becoming a Charity. The vision has always been to get to Zero HIV,  and we have many plans …many dreams. So, stay with us…Join us.

I am so very proud, to invite you to join us for our 8th Installation of Ribbon Rouge, as we walk steadily towards elimination of gender inequalities, closing resource gaps, getting to zero mother to child transmissions and Zero HIV globally.

To Zero,

Morenike Olaosebikan

President, Ribbon Rouge Foundation