Fashion Event Helps Survivors of Human Trafficking

A live runway fashion event this Saturday will showcase the work of local salons, stylists, and hair designers — and it’s all for a good cause.

Proceeds from the fourth annual Fashion SOULstice event will benefit Seattle nonprofit Justice and Soul Foundation and its efforts to make a difference for survivors of human trafficking and the sex trade industry, both locally and globally.

Justice and Soul founded and operates a salon and cosmetology academy in Cambodia to help survivors get a fresh start while gaining useful job skills. The academy is the country’s first Western-style salon and cosmetology school.

With the progress and success so far in Cambodia, the Justice and Soul this year is turning its attention toward bringing the same kind of support to local survivors of sex trafficking with a new local pilot initiative, which will be partially funded by proceeds from this weekend’s Fashion SOULstice event.

“Fashion SOULstice is a fun, exciting and inspiring evening of beauty, creativity, and the best artistic expressions of top local stylists and salons,” Justice and Soul Foundation co-founder and Seattle hair salon owner Matthew Fairfax said. “Attendees can also feel good about the fact that their ticket will also help to give victims of sex trafficking back their dignity, their confidence, and empower them through vocational training and a career.”

The event will be held Mar. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Runway models will showcase upcoming trends in hair, makeup, and fashion, as well as the work of the Northwest’s top stylists, makeup artists, salons, and cosmetology schools. There will also be food and a silent auction. Fairfax also will present an update on Justice and Soul’s work both in Cambodia and the U.S.

Tickets start at $50 and include appetizers and a drink ticket. Last year’s event hosted more than 700 guests and 200 volunteers, raising more than $100,000.

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