International Model and Founder of Fashion Connect Africa (FCA), Victoria Michaels have been announced as the co-chair of the prestigious Africa Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week 2020 under the theme – Designing Africa’s Future.
Victoria was chosen based on her tremendous contribution towards the growth of the Fashion industry and the incredible work she continues to do in supporting the Youth, women and the girl child.
AFI Fashion Week is scheduled to take place from the 12th to the 14th of March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. At this year’s Fashion Week, AFI seeks to empower, educate and entertain its audience with a goal of promoting and retailing refined accessories and apparels during the event.
Victoria Michaels is a model, philanthropist, social change advocate and an entrepreneur. She is currently the CEO of VM Consult and Fashion Connect Africa and leads The African Literacy Development Initiative (ALDI) and the Victoria Michaels Foundation.
As a model, Victoria has been featured in major publications such as CANOE, Vogue, Italia, Cosmopolitan, Glitz Africa, ROOTS, Africa Fashion Week, London Magazine, Glam Africa, Destiny, Women & Home, Elle, Enjoy Magazine among others. She has also received numerous accolades and awards including Glitz Africa 2016 & 2018 Model of the year award, Eminence Awards Africa – Distinguished Eminent Model 2017, Ghana Fashion Awards best Classic Female Model 2018 and so on.
As a social change advocate, Victoria Michaels established the Victoria Michaels Foundation a non-profit organization seeking to empower women and less privileged children across Africa to discover their potentials and deploy it for greater society use. Victoria has also used the Africa Literacy Development Initiative (ALDI) as a mechanism geared towards helping underserved and marginalized communities in Africa have access to transformational education through a number of literacy projects.
The VM Foundation and ALDI, has been able to donate libraries, book boxes, refurbished 1st and 2nd Cycle schools (built classroom blocks, libraries stocked with books, administration areas and teachers’ common rooms) to schools and communities who lack the basic amenities to ensure a child has access to basic education.
Finally, within the Fashion and the advocacy space, Victoria continues to be a beacon of light to so many people around the world and particularly in Africa where the impact of her work is felt on the lives that she is changing through her initiatives. She most recently started Fashion Connect Africa (FCA), an organization that seeks to promote African peace, unity and creative spirit and whose platform is designed to give global exposure and opportunity to the African Fashion creatives regardless of where they are in Africa or its diaspora.
African Fashion International was founded by Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe and is one of the biggest showcase platforms for designers of African origin.