Boston Globe: Outer beauty, inner strength: Fashion show boosts self-esteem for women overcoming hardship

Fashion models are often viewed as anorexic creatures who seem more like human coat hangers than strong women. Yet for a group of women in Haverhill this month, taking part in a fashion show became an act of empowerment.

The “Belle Americana” fashion show featured women who have faced adversities ranging from escaping abusive relationships to living on the edge of homelessness. It was sponsored by the nonprofit Merrimack Valley Music & Arts and Dinah’s House, a drop-in community center that aims to foster strength and hope through sisterhood.

[Dinah’s House got its start as a ministry of Trinity Church in Haverhill and was a recipient of start-up support through diocesan Mission Hub and other grant funding.]

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