The 27th annual Rising Star Awards, hosted by Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas, took place at Galleria Dallas, showcasing the theme of perseverance. In the face of the daunting challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, all five winners, selected through a poll of FGI Dallas chapter members, demonstrated remarkable resilience. These entrepreneurs not only launched their businesses shortly before or during the pandemic but also managed to thrive against all odds.
Elizabeth Hooper received the Accessories award for her captivating abstract brass jewelry plated in silver and gold. Munisa Khuramova, originally from Tajikistan, claimed the Fashion Design prize for her brand, Munelle de Vie. Stephen Swetish triumphed in the Retail category for his creation of M.K.T., a sprawling 6,000 square feet store located in West Village, Dallas. The store features rotating displays of Texan fashion, accessories, home furnishings, and food items. In the Beauty category, makeup artist Tina Adams-Mason, founder of About Face Pros, secured the prestigious award, while Dexter James received recognition as the inaugural recipient of the Fashion Styling award.
The Rising Star Awards serve as a powerful testament to the unwavering spirit and determination of these entrepreneurs.