The New York Fashion Week is one of the most iconic and celebrity-studded events the city boasts. Hundreds of models, designers, and industry moguls flock to NYFW to witness what Fall 2017 will bring. And for NYFW’s Bridal Week, many brides-to-be take serious note of the silhouettes, embellishments, and accessories that will transform bridal fashion this year.

Yet for one Brazilian designer, Pó de Arroz, this particular bridal show was not just for brides. In partnership with non-profit Love Together Brasil and fashion photographer Fernanda Calfat, the bridal designer created a benefit fashion show in support of

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providing clean, safe water to impoverished Brazilian children.

Emilia Pedersen, a teen model, singer, actress, and Junior Ambassador to Love Together Brazil, was chosen as “Godmother” of the night. With this honor, Emilia opened and closed the event, in which she stunned the audience with her grace and beauty. “I feel like a princess,” says Emilia, “these designs are so romantic and delicate, they are truly one of a kind.”

Pó de Arroz is a Brazilian bridal designer that creates unique, handmade dresses; the designer only makes one of each. She focuses on delicate laces, carefully placed embellishments, romantic silhouettes, and classic trims. The designer was taken aback by Emilia’s youthful glow and her ageless ability to carry the show and her gowns.

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Emilia is a dedicated ambassador to Love Together Brazil, where she has hosted successful fundraisers and charity drives for the non-profit. Geralda Sarraf, founder of Love Together Brazil, is proud to have Emilia as the face of the bridal event. “Emilia is a beautiful girl, inside and out, and she looks wonderful in Pó de Arroz’s gowns. I’m so proud to see her continue to shine.”

Emilia, a Danish native with Brazilian roots, has long been involved with Love Together Brasil. She has hosted many fundraisers and charity events, in which she has been immensely successful in raising donations. Yet, Emilia is loved by the Love Together team for uniting the community through action. The teen remarks: “Being an ambassador to Love Together has shown me that it is important for all of us to come together as one, to make a difference in numbers and spread the power of love and giving.”

CLAUDIA KNUTSSON
Freelance writer
cpedersen2@pride.hofstra.edu