UNION COUNTY — A fashion show with purpose of letting student know what is and is not proper attire for the prom was held at Union County High School.
A dozen young women modeled dresses on the stage of the school’s cafetorium Thursday night in what Principal Donald Lyles said was a fashion show with a message.
“We want our ladies to present themselves as ladies,” Lyles said. “We’re going to have the pictures of them (the models) throughout our school and on our website. The message is going to be this is what a lady looks like. We want them to dress with class and show class in everything they do.”
The dresses, which Lyles said were designed and donated by David’s Bridal of Spartanburg, were modeled by UCHS students Kiana Brown, Brittany Spencer, Kenyana Smith, Hydia Green, Shericka Fuller, Kimber Booker, Emily O’Dell, Daisha Smith, Alaina Wright, Jasmine Craig, Dana Brannon, and Krishana Harris. The sole male model was math teacher Brian Kemp who in suit and tie periodically escorted the models off the stage.
The show was organized by math teacher Sonya Glenn who said it was important that the young women at the school know not only what is appropriate to wear for the prom but at all time
“We want to get out to the girls what’s appropriate to wear and what’s not,” Glenn said. “We think it is important for girls to know what is appropriate to wear for formal occasions and how to present themselves in public.”
Glenn added in order to take part in the show, the young women modeling the outfits could not have disciplinary issues.
The UCHS prom will be held April 27 and Glenn said it’s theme will be “A Diamond Studded Affair.”
Assistant Principal Jenelle Gilliam said the goal of the show is to encourage young women to treat the prom as a formal occasion by wearing the proper attire.
“From past experience with proms we’ve seen fashion going shorter and shorter,” Gilliam said. “Back when we were in school it was more the poofy gowns. They don’t have to go back that far but what we’re trying to do is make it more like it was then, more of a formal occasion.”
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