She’s a Ukrainian icon who gave the country its second-ever Eurovision victory in 2016 — and a much needed morale boost during difficult times. And now Jamala is putting her profile to good use once again by selling her Eurovision dresses to support the thousands of homeless animals that live at the Sirius animal shelter in Kyiv.
Jamala, who introduced us to her own beloved pup Badu via Skype last year, made the announcement in an Instagram post she shared with her 383,000 followers earlier this week.
“Friends! I want to help pay the sanctuary’s debts and help more than 2,600 animals survive the winter, so I decided to put my clothes on sale.”
“I think you remember yourself — I wore one of them at the Eurovision Song Contest, one of them at the Opening Ceremony etc. Friends, collectors, or those who are interested in my dresses, all are in perfect condition…”
The singer — full name Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova — is selling six dresses, priced between $1,000 and $6,000, and all can be found on her gallery on Facebook.
Included in the sale are the dresses she wore during the national final, a May 2017 concert in Kyiv and the interval performance and opening ceremony of Eurovision 2017.
Jamala’s avant-garde and original sound mirror her unique swerve on fashion, which frequently leans toward the surprising and unknown.
That’s helped her build strong connections with Ukraine’s fashion community.
Ahead of Eurovision 2016, she teamed up with the editors of Vogue Ukraine to stage a contest that resulted in her outfit for her Stockholm stage show.
Following her victory she also starred in a series of high fashion photos for Elle magazine.
In 2011 she was the heavy favourite to win Ukraine’s national selection with her song “Smile,” but ultimately lost out to Mika Newton.
She told Elle that she was confident she could have won Eurovision that year, but believes her experience in 2016 let her grow more as a person and performer.
“In 2011 it would have been too easy for me to win. The song and idea were simple…I would not have appreciated it as fully and would not have come such a long way as a musician.”
“I don’t like to be spoken of as just ‘a singer with a range of four octaves.’ I wanted people to be able to say something more about me. And all these five years I tried to find some important meaning and form, which showed me from different angles. Yes, I’m positive, but my normal state is contemplation.”
Are you going to purchase one of Jamala’s dresses? Do you love the fact she is helping our four-legged friends? Let us know in the comments box below.