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Heritage of refugees in Utah on display at fashion show

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sam, from the Congo, models fashions from the Congo, in the second annual Women of the World's Refugee Fashion Show, Friday, June 8, 2012. The fashion show featured women from around the world displaying their handmade cultural fashions.

By Michael Appelgate

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Jun 08 2012 09:11PM
Updated Jun 9, 2012 02:21PM

Flowing gowns of many colors graced the runway at Pierpont Place Friday, but the women sharing the fashions weren’t just any models: All were refugees who have resettled in Utah.

Women of the World, a Utah charitable organization, held its second-annual Refugee Fashion Show in conjunction with Utah Refugee Month.

"These women are mothers who have struggled mightily to go to the end of the Earth to protect their families and children," according to a news release. "Even with these burdens, they still want to recognize their cultural heritage."

Friday night’s event also included a silent auction, live music and dance troupe performances.

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