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Chechnya's First Lady Stages Grozny Fashion Show

A fashion show was held in the Chechen capital, Grozny, on November 1 to show off the latest creations from the Firdaws fashion house, founded in 2009 by Medni Kadyrova, the wife of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrova has said the goal of Firdaws, which means "paradise" or "heavenly gardens" in Arabic, is to "conquer the world of Middle East fashion" by creating clothes that are both beautiful and modern but which also adhere to traditional Islamic dress codes. In addition to Grozny, Firdaws has held fashion shows in Dubai and hopes to do the same in Saudi Arabia. (10 PHOTOS)

Women wait backstage before stepping out to model creations by the Firdaws fashion house of Medni Kadyrova, the wife of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
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Women wait backstage before stepping out to model creations by the Firdaws fashion house of Medni Kadyrova, the wife of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

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A wedding dress by Firdaw's leading designer, Zarina Yahayeva
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A wedding dress by Firdaw's leading designer, Zarina Yahayeva

Creations by designer Zarina Yahayeva of the Firdaws fashion house
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Creations by designer Zarina Yahayeva of the Firdaws fashion house

Firdaws designer Zarina Yahayeva is surrounded by her creations.
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Firdaws designer Zarina Yahayeva is surrounded by her creations.

Models wait before hitting the runway.
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Models wait before hitting the runway.

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