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Fashion designer Manish Malhotra brings stars on ramp to support women empowerment
Manish Malhotra, one of India's most successful fashion designer organised a fashion show in a bid to promote and support women empowerment and employment. To support Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS), he presented 'Men for Mijwan', a fashion show where leading men from the film fraternity walked over the ramp.

Some of the biggest stars took to the ramp on April 1st at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, for the NGO founded by Late Kaifi Azmi and now headed by Shabana Azmi and Namrata Goyal.

Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra walked the ramp to support the cause. And the presence of other eminent personalities like Jaya Bachchan, Neetu Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Dia Mirza, Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kalki Koechlin, Sushmita Sen, Kajol, Tanisha Mukherjee, Javed Akhtar, Reena and Ashok Wadhwa, Sonakshi Sinha, Richa Chaddha, Diana Penty, Parineeti Chopra, Prateik Babbar, Yami Gautam, Vidya Malvade, Queenie Singh, Chaya Momaya, Zeba Kohli, Atul Kasbekar, Parizaad Zorabian and Devika Bhojwani made this fashion show more spectacular.

The evening was commenced by a brief introduction to the concept of Mijwan narrated by the celebrity anchor Sophie Choudhary. Sona Mohapatara who sung ' Bekhauf Azad Rehna Mujhe' made the whole evening more melodious. Later Ranbir Kapoor shared his thoughts on his association with the Mijwan Welfare Society as the goodwill ambassador.

Manish Malhotra, tried to generate employment opportunities for women by adopting the Kaifi Azmi Sewing and Embroidery Centre in Mijwan 4 years ago. Manish Malhotra has nurtured Chinkari porject, the dream project of Mijwan Welfare Society.

And under his guidance only he is giving a platform to the Mijwan girls to showcase their work which stands up to highest standards of craftsmanship. The women of MWS are nurtured with constant training of design and textile techniques and today the number of these centres across Uttar Pradesh has increased ten-fold.

“Mijwan to me is a microcosm of what India has to offer the world. We have a long history of warp and weft of design aesthetics. It’s time to rediscover ourselves and go back to our roots. I hold this association very close to my heart. The Mijwan girls get an opportunity to support themselves and become independent, and I get to showcase to the world the best that our country has to offer,” Manish Malhotra preached on his association with Mijwan Welfare Society.

"To Manish goes the credit of enhancing the chikankari skills of our Mijwan women and bringing their craft to the doorstep of Bollywood. He has given the women of Mijwan a means of livelihood because of which their status within the family has changed, and they are now being regarded as an asset to the family," Shabana Azmi, President of MWS stated.

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