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Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung may be a young designer, but he has already used his position in the fashion world to delve into humanitarian efforts close to his heart. The talented designer started Shiksha Foundation Nepal to help promote the education of girls in his native Nepal. Gurung tells Thread NY, "I have always felt blessed that my parents were able to provide me with a proper education. They created an environment that was conducive to being creative, independent, allowed for original thoughts and ideas and gave me the freedom to dream bigger. I have embraced the attention that has come with my work here in New York because it has enabled me to shed light on global issues and in particular, those back home in Nepal."