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These Young People In Kenya Held A Fashion Show In A Slum To Raise Awareness Of Mental Health

A group of young people have held a fashion show in Africa's biggest urban slum to raise awareness of social issues, and the photos are stunning.
A group of young people have held a fashion show in Africa’s biggest urban slum to raise awareness of social topics, and the photos are stunning.
The photos were captured by Kenyan documentary photojournalist and mental health activist Donwilson Odhiamb in the Kibera Slums in the capital of Nairobi.
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Dennis Odhiambo, a street model from the Kibera Slums, poses during a street show to help raise awareness regarding youth mental health in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Donwilson Odhiambo/Getty Images)
The street fashion show on Sep. 11 was staged to raise awareness in the community about mental health, as well as issues around crime, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and school dropout.
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Wyclife Oluoch, a street model from the Kibera Slums, poses during a street show to help raise awareness regarding youth mental health in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Donwilson Odhiambo/Getty Images)
Local models Sebastian Thoar, Wyclife Oluoch, Dennis Odhiambo, Risper Atieno and Suzan Ouko are seen posing in carefully selected color-coordinated outfits, bringing fashion and vibrancy to the streets of Kibera.
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Dennis Odhiambo, a street model from the Kibera Slums, poses during a street show to help raise awareness regarding youth mental health in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Donwilson Odhiambo/Getty Images)
Home to an estimated one million people, Kibera is the largest urban slum in Africa.
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Risper Atieno, a street model from the Kibera Slums, poses during a street show to help raise awareness regarding youth mental health in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Donwilson Odhiambo/Getty Images)
In recent years, it has been home to an expanding artistic movement, especially among the youth, with local residents working together to build a better community through mental health organizations, visual arts programs, music and fashion.
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Sebastian Thoar, a street model from the Kibera Slums, poses during a street show to help raise awareness regarding youth mental health in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Donwilson Odhiambo/Getty Images)
Odhiamo himself established an organization called Talking Art and Mental Illness, which aims to create a space for open discussion and self-expression, where artists and individuals from the slums and different backgrounds can share their feelings and challenges and learn how to care for their mental health.
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