I volunteer with the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and was invited to host a fashion show at the Columbus Statehouse on March 23, 2018 for the 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Summit and it was a success! We tried to do it back in January but had to evacuate the area immediately due to the weather but it was postponed for March, which made it even better to showcase spring fashion!
I had prepped my models via social media and text messages by telling them to bring basic items- tank top, jeans, skirts, heels and at least one trendy item- body suits, track pants, etc and so it made it easier to pull something together when they arrived at the venue. As always, I mixed their clothes with my styling and extra accessories to create unique but wearable looks and I love it when my models like their outfits because it always shows in their strut! And baybeee did they strut!
Walking over the sound of my voice and the sounds of Jaden Smith's "Icon" along with Miguel's "Sky Walker" playing the background, my models were feeling themselves as the crowd went in hyping them up one after one! I wish I could have recorded it, but my phone was being used to play the music. It was cool though, because my models had fun and the teens appreciated the fact that my models were very diverse in shape, size, color and gender- which drives home the concept that representation matters!
Villains who prey on young women (and men) look for those with visibly low self esteem and who lack the confidence and ability to defend themselves and if I can help reach just one person and make them look at themselves differently- or just look at at themselves at all, then I have done my part and it makes me happy.
I'm forever grateful to Ms. Renee Jones, Teresa Fedor, Tavia Galonski and the Columbus Statehouse for the opportunity of allowing me to use their platform and host a fashion show (the first ever!) right there in the atrium!