Women’s Day Celebration to feature Korto Momolu, focus on self confidence

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host their annual Women’s Day Celebration with a focus on women loving themselves.

The theme resonated from a discussion that talked about the different aspects of women.

“[The planning committee] originally wanted to discuss information about being comfortable in your skin,” said Kara Brown, associate dean of students for activities. “We formulated these different ideas knowing that women seek beauty from the three elements: Foundation, Hair, and Heels. These themes have so much value in what role women play on life and also share the many obstacles we overcome.”

The free, public events include a forum at 6 p.m. Monday in the L.A. Davis, Sr. Student Union Lounge and an assembly at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the theme Foundation, Hair and Heels: Overcoming the Outside Beauty. The assembly will be held in the L.A. Davis, Sr. Student Union Lounge and will feature season 5 “Project Runway” runner-up Korto Momolu.

Inspired by her African roots, Liberian-born fashion designer and stylist Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut ∙ Toe – Mo ∙ Mo ∙ Lu) is stamping her global brand on fashion forward women’s wear and accessories that celebrate the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional luxury fabrics, skins, mixed prints, etc.

A graduate of the L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottawa, Ontario (Momolu relocated to Canada in 1990 following the coup in Liberia a year prior), Momolu also studied at the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York City while working as an independent fashion designer. Advancing her field experience, she auditioned for and earned a spot on the 5th season of Bravo TV’s hit show, “Project Runway.” Throughout the season, Momolu’s primary signature for high color and diversity in style and presentation, in addition to her feisty spirit, resonated well with audiences, earning her the prize of “fan favorite” and ultimately, a placement of 1st runner up at the season’s close.

As the Korto Momolu brand expands, so do her accomplishments and opportunities to include designing for Miss Universe (Leila Lopes) and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; creating an accessory line for Dillard’s Incorporated department stores; producing an eco-friendly jewelry line for the Smithsonian museum stores; designing the uniforms for the Walton Family Museum (Crystal Bridges); serving as the Cheerios’ ambassador for the Shoprite Partners in Caring “Knock Out Hunger” campaign; and contributing her time and talents to countless charitable and philanthropic endeavors.

Highlighted in the Top 5 Designers to Watch in New York City this season, Momolu has been featured in many international and national publications and has appeared on numerous television shows, including two seasons of “Project Runway AllStars.” She presently makes her home with her husband and daughter in Little Rock, Arkansas.