Learn about a local woman who launched a non-profit organization and is planning a fashionable fête that fuses her passion for fashion and pursuit to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Fashion for Freedom!
Geetha Minton, Founder of Fashion for Freedom: Fashion for Freedom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and stems from the desire to use fashion to raise awareness about human trafficking. We seek to help reinvent the lives of those impacted and to empower them to create a new future. We have partnered with End Slavery Now, a project of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center that serves to educate, inspire, and equip modern day abolitionists to bring freedom to the enslaved. Everyone has a role to play in ending slavery.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the organization?
Minton: I currently own a freedom business GKM Design where we donate proceeds to another freedom business that employs women that have been rescued from the red light district in India. The concept behind GKM Design is to give agency and beauty to women who have been told they are worthless. So I thought about taking this concept and expanding to a much grander scale. Let’s tie such a heavy and gut wrenching topic to something glamorous and get people educated and excited about getting involved to help end human trafficking.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Fashion for Freedom?
Minton: I am the founder of Fashion for Freedom, and we also have our board members: Ryan Minton, Jeanine Sack, and Stacey Lipp. Samantha Burris handles all our social media and we also have a host committee for the event who has been enormously helpful.
Cincy Chic: When is the event being held?
Minton: The inaugural Fashion for Freedom Fashion Show and Silent Auction will be held January 26, 2019 at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Learn more about the event on Facebook.
Cincy Chic: What makes Fashion for Freedom unique?
Minton: This is the first event like this in Cincinnati that we know of. I believe we are taking a different angle to educate people and get people excited about joining the movement with our Fashion for Freedom fundraiser. This will be an annual event. We are also hosting some local survivors at the event. One of our sponsorship levels for the event, The Survivor Sponsorship will outfit a survivor in a custom GKM Dress and treat them to an evening of pampering including hair, makeup and nails.
Cincy Chic: How are you helping women around the world?
Minton: Fashion for Freedom is giving them a voice with this event and with our purpose. They are not able to speak for themselves so we’re going to do it for them.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Fashion for Freedom?
Minton: Our biggest focus right now is the fundraising event at the Freedom Center. After that, the sky’s the limit. Our vision is to expand Fashion for Freedom as far as we can to make the biggest impact on eradicating human trafficking.