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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