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Fashion show celebrates all body types


For aspiring models of every shape and size, the University of Alabama’s Health Promotion and Wellness Department is organizing their 4th annual Fashion Rocks and So Does My Body fashion show on March 1.

The show is in recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which lasts from Feb. 26 to March 3, in order to promote a healthy body image.

In an attempt to dissipate society’s unrealistic image of an attractive physique, the show welcomes both men and women to rock the runway displaying pride for their bodies.

The first half of the show involves the models strutting their stuff in their favorite jeans and a white top while an MC announces their favorite body part and trait, demonstrating “comfort in their own genes.”

In the second half, each model dons their favorite outfit (going-out attire, business apparel, etc.) and shares what they do to promote a healthy body image among their peers.

“If one person feels confident about their body, it inspires others,” Sheena Quizon, Assistant Director of Nutrition Education and Health Services, said. “Beauty is not just a formula.”

During intermission, the Health and Wellness Department will show clips from the documentary “America the Beautiful” by Darryl Roberts, the Dove “Evolution” video and feature Beautiful Health Mentoring. Vendors such as Mary Kay supply cosmetics for the models, and Tuscaloosa businesses often provide promotional items.

In an effort to raise awareness for the event, Quizon has contacted celebrities such as Demi Lovato and Hilary Duff, both have felt the crippling effects of eating disorders, hoping one will respond with positive feedback.

Amanda Winder, a model from the 2011 show and a senior in New College studying nutrition and psychology, is returning for this year’s show.

“I am doing it again because I think it is a good way to display the confidence I have gained in my body,” Winder said. “Today, participating in things like the fashion show continues to encourage me to step up with confidence and celebrate my body.”

All students who are interested in modeling, photographing or being an MC are encouraged to contact the Health Promotion and Wellness Department at 348-3878 or via e-mail at [email protected]. The deadline to apply is Friday.

The event is open to all and will take place in the Ferguson Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. There is no admissions charge, but donations of old pairs of jeans are welcome.

“It’s not just about a fashion show, it’s about a healthy body image,” Quizon said. “We want people to see true beauty unedited.”

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