As you all know I attended the Fifth Annual Positively Dressed Fashion Show and I must say the girls did an excellent job! I was very impressed with all of them! I found myself a little nervous for them as well. I didn’t want any of them to fall or have a dress malfunction, thank God that wasn’t the case. For many of the girls this was the first time they ever walked in a fashion show, but you wouldn’t have known that on Sunday. I had to do a double take because I didn’t recognize some of the girls! They really practiced! They were walking with confidence too! Their heads were up and they were looking at everyone in the audience. Some girls even blew kisses and winked at the crowd as they walked (I didn’t teach them that). They were being themselves and I enjoyed that the most!
Not only did the girls model but some of them showcased their talents. Some recited poetry they had written, some sang and others praise danced. I was well pleased with the talent that I witnessed. They are our future and they desire to be heard and to succeed. Many of the girls were from Camden and their poems were about real life situations and how even though they live in an area full of crime they refuse to let their environment bring them down. They have hope in themselves! I was inspired as I heard their poems as well. Girls need to be encouraged, pushed and uplifted and that is exactly why Wear Your Confidence is here! I have to help thee girls realize that they don’t have to be like the girls they see on TV. They don’t have to be another statistic. They can overcome that through faith, faith in Jesus Christ! (Let me calm down a bit)
All in all, I am glad that there are organizations like this that allow girls to not only showcase their outer beauty but also to show their inner beauty and talents. It is not about what’s on the outside. Everything on the outside can be beautiful but if you have an ugly personality it means nothing! Do you feel me? No? Ok, keep reading. What good is a piece of candy if when you bite into it is bitter and sour? It looks good on the outside but when you bite into it you are sadly mistaken. The candy no longer looks good to you. Do you want to be like that piece of candy that everyone stays away from? I don’t think so. That is why it is important to be sweet on the inside and let that shine through on the outside! Don’t just look sweet, be sweet!
*And as always... Don’t forget your confidence!
Here are some pictures from the show! ENJOY!
On April 2nd I had the privilege to teach a great group of girls how to “rip the runway” for The Fifth Annual Charity Luncheon Fashion Show. Positively Dressed, the foundation which hosts these shows, support proms for under-privileged teens. For the past five years they have been giving away beautiful dresses, shoes and handbags to girls around the state of New Jersey.
These girls were such a joy to work with! Some I knew already from the mentoring program, I Love Me, which I am affiliated with and others were from Camden and the surrounding areas. There is nothing like doing what you love and loving what you do. It brought me much joy and fulfillment to teach these girls how to walk. Yes, some were very shy and some were beyond fierce! I had the chance to take a few girls to the side and give them a few extra pointers on how to improve their walk. After a few one on one walks these girls blew my mind and were walking with confidence! Their heads were up, shoulders were back and their personality was peeking out and that was only after 20 minutes of walking and talking to these girls.
This moment of teaching made me realize that a little bit of positive affirmation can go a long way! Especially at the age of 10-17 when these girls are trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in this world. I noticed by me telling them that they were doing a good job and even walking with them made a huge impact. Don’t get me wrong this age group is no joke! They can chew you up and spit you out with the looks they give. But I was taught by my pastor to not be afraid of the faces. I had a few girls who refused to smile, but did I let that stop me? Of course not! I was made for this! LOL! I stopped right in front of them and wouldn’t move until I got a smile. #WINNING.
I made sure I let their personalities shine through. I wasn’t trying to create little Cherise’s or make them walk like Tyra Banks, although some of them had that diva walk down pact! While I was in the back coaching a few girls, one girl by the name of Ciara came up to the group and said, “Just act like you’re walking in front of some cute boy. I know you be twerking.” She paused, looked at me and said, “Twerk for Jesus.” All I could do was shake my head. I see my work in this generation is far from over. Jesus be a fence!
I posted some photos from the night! I’ll be sure to post pictures from the actual event at a later date.
Twerk for Jesus ya’ll.. just kidding!
Don’t forget your confidence!
Full information about the fashion show:
Sunday April 13th
3000 Main Street, Voorhees, New Jersey
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