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STUDENTS GO GREEN FOR FASHION

Le 18 avril 2018, 09:24 dans Humeurs 0

University at Albany students hit the runway to serve looks and raise awareness about environmental sustainability at the Trashion Fashion show last Tuesday. UAlbany Green Scene hosted the fashion show with help from Students for Sustainability, the Student Association, and Campus Center Connections. All of the outfits were made from trash and recycled materials at or around the Albany campus. Fifteen models vied for fame and a handful of $100 gift cards.

Shamika Gentle represented the university apartments in her armor of cereal and garbage bags. Her costume, as well as Taylor Martin’s, was inspired by Black Panther. Gentle also carried a spear that unfolded into a banner that read “Wakanda Forever.” The crowd went wild, but it was Martin’s duct tape shield and dress won Kappa Alpha Pi the Greek organization award.

Dianna Butrowes modeled for Dutch Quad in a dress with a long train and a hat made of Albany Student Press newspapers. As Butrowes walked down the runway, co-host Mike Boshart mentioned that thousands of newspapers are discarded incorrectly on our campus. Some are tossed on the ground others pile up in garbage cans, but newspaper can be recycled. They can also be used as insulation, to create art or decor with paper mache, or turned into a stunning dress. Haven Hutchinson of the Student Association also modeled a newspaper outfit. His suit jacket and pants ripped off in a Magic Mike-esque strut.

Marygrace Graves walked for Delta Phi Epsilon in a mod halter crop top and mini skirt. The top was made of stretchy silver plastic and the skirt was made of trash bags. She carried a purse decorated by an old record. This dress won the style award.

Jinju Kim went on to win the prize for the individual category for her long white dress and veil made of plastic bags. It was amazing to see something so plain and wasteful like a plastic bag turned into a work of art. The dress was elegant and eye-catching.

Other winners included Indian Quad for creativity with a duct tape dress modeled by Chelsea Aguakwa. The Office of Sustainability won construction. The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center won sustainability with a go-go dress and a giant cloak inspired by LGBTQ+ flags. The Office of Parking & Mass Transit won best campus office with a cute little dress made of parking tickets modeled by Sidney Pesta, a staff member’s daughter. Colonial Quad won best living area and Alumni Quad won fan favorite.

This fashion show allowed UAlbany students to exercise their creativity and innovation. All of these outfits were made of the same kinds of material that people toss out car windows and stuff into overflowing trash cans. The Trashion Fashion show is hosted in hopes that it will motivate students to recycle.Read more at:red formal dresses australia | black evening dresses

Two labrador teens competing in international pageant

Le 10 avril 2018, 11:22 dans Humeurs 0

Two teens from Labrador will be travelling to the Dominican Republic in April to represent Canada at the Miss Teen Beauty International Pageant.

Victoria Burden of Happy Valley-Goose Bay earned entry into the pageant after winning the title of Miss Teen Charity at the Miss Canada Globe Productions Pageant (teen category). The pageant was held in Toronto in August.

Burden is competing for the title of Miss Teen Beauty International.

Chenille Rich of Natuashish also participated in the Toronto pageant. She is taking the national title of Miss Teen Canada Petite Third Princess to the international pageant, where she will compete for the title of Miss Teen Petite Beauty International.

The national titles mean the teens will also be walking the runway at Couture Fashion Week in New York in September.

Burden, 15, is a Grade 10 French immersion student at Mealy Mountain Collegiate. She is a member of her school choir, volunteers at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre and enjoys playing hockey.

She said she is excited about the upcoming trip. Both she and Rich will head to Toronto for four days of pre-pageant training before heading to the Dominican Republic.

While she will know more about the details of the pageant in the Dominican Republic after the training in Toronto, Burden said she’s excited about the trip. She’s also looking forward to spending a few extra days in the Dominican Republic with her mother, Anna Burden March, following the pageant.

As Miss Teen Canada Charity, Burden has been hosting events in her community. Her chosen charity is the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The pageant isn’t just about walking across the stage in an evening gown. Contestants are judged on everything from school marks to public speaking abilities, she said.

Burden said she’s lucky to have such a great family who support her in whatever she undertakes to do.

“I’m really looking forward to being in another pageant and getting so many more amazing opportunities,” she said.

She is also grateful to local businesses that are supporting her trip and she’s reaching out to others who’d like to help her in her quest to bring home an international title.

Burden’s mother said her daughter’s hard work over the past 15 months has certainly paid off.

“I am so proud of the young lady that Victoria has become and am excited to see what the future holds, she said.

Rich is a Grade 10 student at Mushuau Innu Natuashish School. She said she is excited about going to the Dominican Republic, and has been raising money to help with the trip.

She said she also appreciates those who have helped her prepare for the pageant.

“We are doing pageant squares and a radio bingo,” the 15-year-old said of the fundraising efforts.

Rich said she had a great time at the pageant in Toronto and is looking forward to meeting girls from all around the world who will be competing in the pageant in the Dominican Republic.

Rich’s father Gabriel Rich went to Toronto with his daughter for the pageant and will accompany her to the Dominican Republic.

Preparing for such events when you live in an isolated community isn’t easy, he said. However, Rich said the community has been really supportive of his daughter’s efforts, as have people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and as far away as St. John’s.

“It’s hard to get the gowns, the high heels, the make-up. So we did a lot online. It’s expensive to travel to Toronto but we had a lot of support with the Innu Nation helping us and the First Nation helping us. We are so appreciative of all the community involvement,” he said.Read more at:marieaustralia.com | evening dresses

MODEL YOUTH

Le 2 avril 2018, 12:16 dans Humeurs 0

Seventeen-year-old Carnegie Vanguard High School studentMadelyn Whitley has been modeling for only a short time.

But Whitley is already a hot commodity at Page Parkes Texas, with a mix of photo shoots and runway shows under her belt, and a TV documentary in the works. Given Whitley’s edgy looks and lean, leggy body, it is no wonder she has made a splash.

But she is more than the beautiful girl next door. She’s also the beautiful transgender girl next door.

Assigned male at birth, Whitley began transitioning when she was 14.

“I started having these feelings [when] I was really little and couldn’t wear a princess dress, bring my Barbies to school, or paint my nails like all the other girls,” Whitley tells OutSmart. “It was hard feeling so isolated.

“It’s been the best and worst thing that’s ever happened to me,” she adds. “I love my life now. I love the person I’ve become, but there are a lot of people who simply don’t understand and who try to bring me down—and [they] almost succeeded.”

While Whitley’s parents and step-parents have had mixed reactions to her decision to transition, she has found acceptance in the modeling world. Page Parkes, founder of the agency that represents Whitley, still remembers the day she came in, describing it as “a regular Saturday.”

“Madelyn had asked for information through the Page Parkes website, and I was the one who had the pleasure of meeting her myself,” Parkes tells OutSmart. “She was magical. When she turned to speak to me, I was inspired by her look—just stunning.”

Although some may think looks are the only thing to consider when it comes to modeling, Parkes will be the first to tell you otherwise. And that was especially true with Whitley. “The real magic came when I asked, ‘Why have you never been to Page Parkes before?’ And she said, ‘Well, there is a back story,’” Parkes explains. “Madelyn began to trust me with her story. I was then saying to myself, ‘This is a dream come true for me as a model agent. She is the future, and I am on board.’

“I felt Madelyn was super-special and so very smart, as well,” Parkes adds. “She is one brave girl, standing up for all transgender teens.”

Indeed, Whitley views herself as not only a model, but also an activist.

“I educate people, [and] by simply living my life, people can gain an awareness of the community and what it means to be transgender,” she says. “Everyone is watching the current trends and news and events, so I think that being an activist for equal rights, especially for my LGBTQ+ community, is going to bring a lot of attention to the matter, sparking a conversation for change.”

Whitley has done runway shows for Fashion X and Fashion Fusion, as well as a photo shoot for a Johnathan Blake social media campaign, a test shoot with Select Studios, and a modeling shoot for Alan Gonzalez’s line of clothing with Roshan Moayed. She is now working with the production company Audacious Media on a TV documentary.

Parkes says Whitley’s gender identity has not been an issue for the agency’s clients.

“My clients are open-minded, and she sells clothes, so they have loved using her locally.” But locally is just the beginning, Parkes says. “Our dreams are much bigger. I will present her to Gucci and other leaders in fashion this summer. She is also studying acting, and my hope is for her to be a film actress long-term. But her academics are very important as well. She can do it all.”

The admiration is mutual.

“I’ve been head-over-heels in love with the entire process,” Whitley says. “I love the people, the energy, taking pictures, going to castings, walking on the runway—everything. It’s been an amazing time in which I’ve met some really great people and had so much fun.”

Whitley says her idols include Tyra Banks, Romee Strijd, Kendall Jenner, and Laverne Cox. And she has a role model right at home—her twin sister, Margo, who is also transgender. “But to be fair, I think every transgender person is my idol,” she says. “It sounds really corny, but to be able to show so much strength and courage to be your authentic self is amazing and inspirational.”

Margo came out in January 2017, not long after Madelyn.

“I knew the hardships she would face and the struggles she would have. But I was also really excited for her, because being able to express yourself in a new way, like with hair and clothes, is so much fun, no matter the hate,” Madelyn says. “Margo is my biggest fan and my biggest critic, all in one, and I love that. She’s always helping me better myself, and will always be there for me.”

Whitley says if there is one thing she would say to people who don’t seem to “get it,” it would be, “It’s not about you at all. It is something deeply personal and emotional, which means I have no space nor tolerance for your opinions on how I live my life.

“I try to think of all the love I receive when I hear hateful comments,” she adds. “Life is too short to waste it trying to please the people who will never understand or respect you.”•Read more at:orange formal dresses | green formal dresses

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