Beba Georgieva is a passionate freelance model and aspiring attorney. She was born and raised in Bulgaria, Europe and has been living in Chicago for the past twelve years. Her involvement in the fashion industry includes runway fashion shows, advertising/print work with local designers, supporting charitable organizations, and industry mentorship. Beba is also an Independent Consultant for Arbonne, starting it as her own business; the site for the products is www.arbonne.com and for those interested in ordering any products, her ID number is 19538724. Beba states, “ I am extremely excited to be a part of the host committee for FAHF. It is a small step that I can take to support local talents and bring awareness to their message.”
Visit Beba Georgieva’s website at Viva Glam Fashion.
Shari Duffy is the owner/founderof Ladies Night Chicago, which is a promotional event, often at a bar or nightclub, where female patrons pay less than male patrons for the cover charge or drinks. Her mission: The perfect Ladies Night in Chicago where the vendors, patrons, staff, and all involved truly benefit from and enjoy the evening, and look forward to the next event.Currently, Shari is working on partnering with and promoting local schools and charities and supporting local artists. Like Ladies Night Chicago on Face Book for the latest nights out.
Freda Howard, known as “Christian Diva” for her impeccable style and gregarious personality, is a Chicagoland Gospel singing sensation, who has sang for many dominant entities, including singing the national anthem for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. She has always been a strong and faithful advocate for various underrepresented and underserved communities and strives to ensure that they continue to have a voice. Freda is proud Grandmother, and a dedicated member of Harmony Community Church, where she serves as Youth Ministry leader. “Being a host for FAHF is going to be a great experience, and I’m happy it’s now open to including arts, as arts and humanity often go hand in hand.”-Freda
Fashion Instructor at the Illinois Art Institute and PR specialist at Estrella Relations , Stella Estrella-Quimby, has been in the fashion industry since the age of 16. First in petite print modeling, then in the pageant world having been a runner-up in Miss Teen Illinois, and was the Miss Illinois ATOC 2007. Stella is also a writer for various media outlets including Half Stack Magazine, a blog on Chicago Now called Estrella Modas, and her own blog on tumblr called Fashionably Frugal Mama which concentrates on the “deals” in life. “I am very excited to be part of FAHF. I love fashion and humane work, therefore a major event that combines both is a dream come true for me.”-StellaStella’s work can be seen at:Chicago Now, Fashionably Frugal Mama.tumblr, Halfstackmag.com
Kathleen Blade-Owens, model, actress, and a graduate of The University of Chicago (2012), entered the entertainment industry in July 2011 after working as a School Social Worker for 12 years. She has been involved with numerous projects ranging from Indy films (Mordy to the Max, The Preacher’s Kids, The Divorced Dudes, Newton’s Third Law, Wishing, and The Interview with a Client) Modeling (Lane Bryant-Chicago Fashion Week, Premiere One Studio-Ole Skool Runway Show, and Exotic Faces of Beauty- Afriche Runway Show) Television (Boss-Starz Network, Chicagoliscious-Style Network, and Find Our Missing-TVONE). Commercial-”She’s Engaged-Hallmark-Evolve IMG Digital. Video- Poetry Video titled: Unused Potenial by Chris “Chitown” Brown and Theatre: The Real Weight of a Woman. In September 2012, Kathleen will be launching her own internet radio show titled: The Phat Girl Show. This show will educated, inspire, and uplift women of all shapes and sizes. The show will air on intellectualradio.com
Patrick Smith is the Program Director of Future Founders Foundation, a youth entrepreneurship program that gives motivated high school students in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods the opportunity to learn about and experience entrepreneurship from the city’s top entrepreneurs. The goal of Future Founders is to expose students to entrepreneurial careers and have them create business plans.
Patrick Smith is responsible for the day-to-day operations, volunteer management, logistics, school relationships, social media and marketing for the Future Founders program. For more information, visit futurefounders.com.
Lilah is currently the main coordinator for all of the Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition projects, an organization that works to improve the health of women, children, and families . In addition to her passion for women and human rights, Lilah is passionate about creative arts and diversity in art form. Lilah is the Executive Director of Dramatis Personae, an organization that gives voice to the diverse Chicago community by creating theater that challenges audiences, inspires change and collaboration. To achieve this, Dramatis Personae hosts ” Artist Gumbo”an interdisciplinary event for artists from all mediums to share their work, collaborate with others, and build community; Artist Gumbo gives voice to the diverse Chicago community by creating theater that challenges audiences, inspires change and collaboration.
Mr. Walker is a professional photographer and director of the Chicago Fashion Connect, a group responsible for more than 80 fashion related events over the past 6 years. His work has been featured in magazines, websites, promotional materials, catalogs, product packaging and training guides.
Mr. Walker is a member of numerous professional photography and fashion organizations and has been recognized as a major contributor to the industry.
His studio is in Wicker Park and his online portfolio can be found at walkerstudios.info.
Shettima “Mocha Chocolate” Webb is a Plus-Size Model and Media Personality here in Chicago that is devoted to the empowerment of women and men across the nation. As a model, she has had the opportunity to grace runways, magazines, work with celebrity designers and TV appearances. Her newest project is producing her talk show called “Mocha Chocolate TV” where she attends various events in Chicago and guests are welcome at Can TT Studios for an interview. No controversial topic is off limits as she wants everyone to have a voice for whatever passion, belief, or opinion they have. You can catch her in action on Chicago’s Channel, on Facebook at Mocha Chocolate TV, Plus Model Shettima Webb, and on twitter @MChocolateTV.
“I love inspiring others to embrace themselves and walk in God’s purpose for their lives.” Mocha Chocolate
Be sure to connect with 2012′s ” Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete’s” host committee members as they each will have special giveaways and promotions leading up to the big day, August 30!!