Uzbekistan: GooGoosha's Fashion Show Fizzles As Protestors Converge on Cipriani
Fashion scenesters in Manhattan today were suddenly confronted with an issue half a world away in Uzbekistan -- forced child labor in Tashkent’s billion-dollar cotton industry.
Driven from Lincoln Center -- the main stage for New York's Fashion Week -- the Uzbek dictator's daughter Gulnara Karimova moved her runway to Cipriani, a prestigious midtown events space, after organizers proved reluctant to associate themselves with Uzbekistan's notoriously awful human rights record.
Labor and human rights activists originally scheduled a picket at Lincoln Center weeks ago when Karimova surfaced on the schedule for Fashion Week, sponsored by Mercedes Benz, which enjoys a lucrative joint venture with Uzbekistan to sell vehicles.
But IMG, the organizers of Fashion Week, said they were "horrified" to learn from Human Rights Watch of the torture and political imprisonment in Uzbekistan as well as the used of forced child labor, the New York Post reported.
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