Young Fil-Am models design own outfits in fashion show for a cause

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Angelica Pingul is only nine years old, but she’s been modeling since she was five. She and her sisters even created their own outfits in a recent fashion show by the group, Fashion Arts and Youth Enterprise or FAYE. She said fashion inspires her to be the best that she can be. She explained, “When I first started designing, I also like modeling. I love being on TV. I like showing people what I can do.”

Pingul’s friend, 11-year old Lori Boyd, has also modelled for a year. But she had not only become passionate about fashion, but about helping others as well. She expressed, “We feel like we’re helping people and we are just being ourselves and we just have a great time.”

Pingul and Boyd were among dozens of young models who took part in FAYE’s recent fundraising event, a fashion show at the Fort Mckinley Restaurant in South San Francisco. FAYE was founded by Crisanta Malig in 1993.

For Malig, fashion and philanthropy can come together and people can use their talents — not just to advance themselves, but the community as well.

The goal of the show is to help FAYE continue its efforts to help young emerging fashion artists aged five to eighteen, by teaching them how to sew and design clothes for free.

For Malig, the possibilities are endless, even for underprivileged youth in the community. She said, “Everything is possible as long as you strive to work hard for it. Try to be inspired everyday and get motivated with whatever you want to do in life. That’s my message to the kids — everything is possible.”

Malig said she was inspired to help other kids realize their dreams in fashion, when she saw how much it meant to her granddaughter, Brittany Hampton, who started learning how to sew from Malig at age five.

Hampton is now accomplished in her own right. The celebrity stylist was even picked to be the first brand ambassador for legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg’s House of DVF.

And for the young models and designers who aspire to be like Hampton someday, they certainly have a champion in Malig.

Charleston Pierce, director of FAYE’s fashion show concluded, “Cristina Malig is a very inspiring woman. She’s strong. She’s confident. She has a great vision and she believes that everybody should have the opportunity to sew and design if they want to.”

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