Happy 4th of July!
Striped and stared in red, white and blue, we’re all mostly barbecuing, making plans to watch fireworks somewhere, and catching up with our family and friends. The CPE team is also counting down to The Purple Party on Monday, July 30th. Before you know it, we’ll be partying on a weekday again with our other family — you. And the fabulous people we’ve met before and after our launch show. People like the following four models who stomped our runway on the USS Intrepid and who stole our hearts with their love for giving back.
Courtesy of James David | Max Luger | Steadyhand Photography | Essence Magazine, Feb 2012
“I started in the church… When I was 14 I couldn’t even walk down the block without people saying that I should be a model.” An older couple mailed Afiya a newspaper ad to a modeling gig. After booking it she was in, diving head first into what everyone, even strangers, considered her destiny.
When the team met Afiya, we were enamored with her fierce walk and sweet personality. And that face! It came as no surprise that she had landed the beauty section cover in Essence magazine in February — the same month as our show — and with purple nail polish too.
Her personal style? Black pants, boots and hair pulled back — “a model’s uniform.” And for summer this thrift store shopper’s go-to is denim shorts, a white tank and a blazer. “I love blazers, I have every color blazer you can imagine.” For the party, ”I’ll probably do a strong dress and strong heels… I’m 5’11″ so when I put on heels it’s like, who is this girl? You have to make a statement.”
Mentored by photographer Max Luger, Afiya is turning heads with her killer portfolio. Check her out in the August issue of Essence and as a dress model for American Apparel.
Courtesy of All About Models | The Fashion Spot
Meeting Yenny was a scene pulled straight off the big screen. Purposefully strutting towards 5th Avenue to a meeting one day, we spotted Yenny leisurely shopping. Recognizing her face, we braved interrupting her afternoon agenda for a quick chat. Weeks later Yenny graced our runway, becoming part of the CPE family.
In Rio San Juan, a northern town of the island of the Dominican Republic, Yenny was discovered at 17 while doing philanthropic fundraising for children. With a heart for helping others, she loved being a part of the Code Purple Event launch show saying, “I’m glad I was able to participate in an event that has a wonderful cause… to win the fight against malaria.”
She’s bringing her vivacity and gorgeous spirit to our party on the 30th. “I’m really excited because I love parties and I know it’s going to be fun!”
Meeting up to chat and soak up the sun in Bryant Park, Safia was the picture of summer in a kelly green dress and animal print heels. She started in the industry about five years ago, moving to New York from Pennsylvania to pursue her dreams in front of the camera. She doubles as a model and background actress for shows like Royal Pains (USA), Blue Bloods (CBS), and the new 666 Park Avenue (ABC).
What’d she think of the Code Purple Event launch show? “It was awesome. From getting there, working with the hairstylists and make-up artists, seeing a couple of familiar faces… Everything was what I imagined it to be. I think I did about six shows during New York Fashion Week and that was definitely the highlight.” Safia went on to say she was “blown away with the mission and organization as a whole. The fact that [Moskeeto Armor™] has been created and can now protect people in Africa from getting bitten and infected is mind blowing.”
Watch Safia on yesterday’s episode of ABC’s The Revolution with celebrity stylist June Ambrose.
We caught up with Daria in midtown at the International Center for Photography. She’s the muse for Theresa Balderas’ black and white images, centered on the Ukraine model who “juggles a life of two realities.” Daria moved to New York and started modeling at her own whim. Fun fact: her first shoot was actually photographed by a CPE team member.
We ran into Daria during fashion week at Lincoln Center just days before our own show. Embracing and catching up, it was only natural to invite her to walk our runway. She loved Code Purple as an organization, boasting about the four designers featured and our massive audience.
Daria loves an LBD for a red carpet event “and crazy heels… I like to be tall.” Not one to follow trends, she’s planning to break a few wardrobe rules for The Purple Party.
The girls at CPE: Afiya | Yenny | Safia | Daria
Secure your spot at The Purple Party by emailing RSVP@codepurpleevent.com. But don’t wait, our guest list hit a three digit sum just 24 hours after the announcement.