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Afghanistan celebrates with roses and fashion

After a busy afternoon on the catwalk at a luxury hotel in Kabul on Friday (February 14), model Salma Hussaini was named Afghanistan’s first “Miss Valentine”.

Organised by a local modelling agency, the fashion show is sign of how Valentine’s Day is now being celebrated by young people in the conservative society, where it serves as a distraction from years of war.

“The main purpose behind this show was first to do a fashion show, which is not happening really (that) often in Kabul,” said organiser and founder of Modelstan modelling agency, Hamed Valy. 

“Second is to celebrate Valentine (Valentine’s Day) in a way that can showcase the colours of love and privilege and happiness,” he added.

20-year-old Hussaini from the country’s Bamyan province took a final walk down the runway dressed in a pink and yellow top and white jeans with silver cuffs, before the receiving her “Miss Valentine” sash and certificate.

“As you know, everyone in the world says that Valentine’s Day is a lovers’ day,” Hussaini said. 

“Love is not just for the opposite sex, but you can love your mother, your family, your art and your work. I also love the art of modelling and celebrate this day,” she told Reuters.

23-year-old male model Sayed Jalil Salemi from Helmand province as named “Mr. Valentine”. 

(Production: Samargul Zwak, Hameed Farzad, Sayed Hassib, Lisa Giles-Keddie)

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