Through Shop Addicts, she has helped and worked with human traficking organizations, and poverty stricken people in third world countries. Her utmost concern about the world and the one problem she can’t stand to ignore? “Human traficking. It’s sickening, almost demonic in a way,” she says to me as she walks me out of her conference room. Just fifteen minutes before she was explaining to me the brutality and unfortunate frequency of human traficking, especially in the States. “You’d be surprised, it’s all over the place. (People who you would never think) were traficking are the ones benefiting most from it.”
The chances of someone ever escaping such a situation where they are trafficked are slim to none.
What sparked (or kept the spark, rather) her interest in working with human traficking was a trip she took to Africa not too long ago. She went to work with a traficking organization and came back more reassured than ever, and is now planning a fashion week in Mozambique next year.
“I’ve always stuck up for the underdog, even when I was little. I grew up in the Bronx, my mother was very nurturing, so when I saw someone getting bullied I would always stand up for them. I didn’t care how big the bully was.” It’s this ideology and motivation that kept her going. When she first started with the idea of Shop Addicts, she had no budget but so many ideas she could fill a room with them. She was persistent and eager to make a difference, and on December 10th she will host the fourth Shop Addicts event, the Holiday Shopping Binge. There will be designers selling and showcasing their clothing for people to buy, goodie bags for VIP guests, a Santa Clause for guests to take pictures with, a glam squad, and raffles. Tickets are free, and anyone (over 21!) is welcome to attend. I will be covering the event, and Stacié Ford will be singing (I can’t wait to hear my girl sing!). This is just an introduction to Shop Addicts, stay tuned and make sure to visit the sites below for more information on how to get involved with Human Trafficking and to register for the Holiday Binge Event!
PS..She wouldn’t tell me who was sponsoring the event because they hadn’t signed the contracts yet, but you bet it’s going to be some big people! I can’t wait!
Molton Brown Home Collection-$100 "A room with a view" home candle collection @ www.MoltonBrown.com
Isabel Toledo for Payless - $34.99 Metallic Ghillie Flat @ www.payless.com
Chanel Khaki Collection -trio nail Polish - $66 www.macys.com
Sephora Makeup Endless Color Collection- $48 www.sephora.com
Jewelry Bar-Bracelet- Cuff Bracelet with rhinestone $56
Oasis Day spa Signature Massage @ www.oasisdayspanyc.com
Wedge ankle Boots- by BAMBOO-$69.00 by Strawberries or bambooboots.com
Simply Vera Rayon Polyester Sequin Top-$48 kohls.com
Faux Leather Bag-by Melie Bianco"Kiss Me Kate bag-$86. lulus.com
Visit the Nomi Network to get information on how to help the victims of human traficking, and how to get involved: http://www.nominetwork.org/
Visit the Holiday Bing Event to register (it’s free!) for the event: Holidayshoppingbinge2010.eventbrite.com