On October 11th the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative put on the Think P!nk Fashion Show and used the power of fashion for a special cause; the show celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the proceeds from it went to the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
Kristen Fritsche, coordinator of guest services for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, attended the event as a representative for the center.
Audience members got the chance to walk the runway during an impromptu catwalk challenge.
“This is a cause that’s very personal to me,” Fritsche said. “I work at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and I’ve had six friends diagnosed with breast cancer; two of whom were my best friends. So I think the fashion show and its cause was fantastic. The show created awareness. Everyone here is going to think about it, go home and remind their moms to go get their monograms. I think the show was a great success.”
The show featured the works of MU student designers Richard McKeever, Alison Nosila and Jasmine Stocking and showcased clothing from downtown boutiques Blackberry Exchange, Elly’s Couture and Swank Boutique. The student models worked the catwalk to a live DJ, and in between scenes, two MU students, Naomi Daugherty and Samira Hilliard, and MU professor Dr. Heather Carver gave speeches.
The show closed with a Survivor Walk, during which the guests of honor, the breast cancer survivors in attendance, walked the runway alongside the models.
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