Andrea Hidalgo, Juleysi Ramirez, M. Paz Altamirano, M. Cecilia Andrade and Paola Pesantez are the five Ecuadorians representing Ecuador in the fashion design contest Latin America Speaks. They study fashion design at the University of Azuay and are in competition with 10 other Latin Americans. The contest is part of the commercial exhibition to be presented by Colombiamoda in its next edition, to be held from 26 to 28 July 2016 at Plaza Mayor Medellin. In total 73 inscriptions were received, of which 21 were of Ecuadorian hopefuls. The eighth edition of this contest already has 15 finalists. They are students are Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Guatemala and Ecuador.