NEW YORK, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — IMAN Cosmetics announces today that they will be the exclusive makeup sponsor for 2011 Caribbean International Fashion Week (CIFW). The premier fashion event is a showcase of the Caribbean’s best-established couture and up-and-coming fashion designers, debuting their summer collections.

Diamond Noir Collection in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization will host the show, scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at Arena, 135 West 41st Street in New York City, in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month.

The event aims to empower Caribbean designers, highlighting their contributions to the industry and branding the Caribbean as a global player in culture, tourism and fashion. The event will showcase the creations of ten designers, including Caribbean award-winning designer of 2010 Queen Esther of Kuumba Designs (St. Lucia), Jewel Shannon (Barbados), Kazz Forbs (Turks & Caicos), Theodore Elyett (Bahamas), Charles Dieujuste (Haiti), Lucia Rodrigues (Dominican Republic), Rebecca Beck (Curacao), Simon Duncan (Trinidad), Ron and Ron (Haiti) and Cassandra Mottley-Sheliel (Barbados).

Established in 1994 by supermodel Iman, who paved the way for model diversity on the runway, IMAN Cosmetics introduced women with skin of color to the first skincare and cosmetic line designed solely for them. Today, IMAN Cosmetics continues to build its reputation as a pioneer in the industry with innovative technology and unprecedented shade ranges.

Byron Barnes will be leading the team of professional IMAN Cosmetics’ makeup artists to create the glamorous looks for each designer, using inspiration from their respective collections. To depict Caribbean diversity, male and female models will be represented from all races to showcase various skin tones.

“On behalf of the IMAN Cosmetics brand, we are extremely proud to be the exclusive makeup sponsor for this fantastic showcase of international talent,” said Desiree Reid, Senior VP Brand Development, IMAN Cosmetics. “As the leader in the cosmetics arena for women with skin of color, it only made sense for our brand to partner with CIFW to highlight the beauty of diversity.”

The CIFW will raise funds for the Caribbean Tourism Organization, whose primary focus is to provide scholarships to Caribbean Nationals who aspire to engage in philanthropic projects.

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