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Johnson Sisters Breauna (left) and Mikayla (right) wait for auditions to begin at Pierce College Health Education Center on Friday Oct. 13 2017 in Lakewood.

Johnson Sisters Breauna (left) and Mikayla (right) wait for auditions to begin at Pierce College Health Education Center on Friday Oct. 13 2017 in Lakewood.

Chloes Galiki/Contributing Photo

Chloes Galiki/Contributing Photo

Johnson Sisters Breauna (left) and Mikayla (right) wait for auditions to begin at Pierce College Health Education Center on Friday Oct. 13 2017 in Lakewood.

Students strike a pose for fashion show tryouts

Pierce grad looks to raise funds for Nov. 4 charity event at Museum of Glass

October 24, 2017

What happens when an announcement goes out on a college campus about a fashion show? Dreams of runway stardom are born.

On Oct. 13, students and young people from the community showed up for a fashion show audition in the HEC building. Some of them had hopes of being a model; others were enthusiastic about supporting a charitable cause.

Zach Swanson, a Running Start student from Pierce College Puyallup, was one of them. He is pursuing a degree in fashion design and was one of the youngest fashion model hopefuls.

“It is a good experience for my major, and it sounded like fun. Why not?” he said, with a smile.

Briana Thompson, a business major, was also excited about the opportunity.

“It is a great opportunity to advance my career,” Thompson said.

Raevyn Williams, a business degree major, was here to boost her self-confidence.

“I used to be heavy. I lost a lot of weight, so now I am feeling more confident in myself. Because honestly, something like this scares the hell out of me,” she said.

The show may be about fashion, but the real star of the night will be Plato’s Closet and students with financial needs.

Ashlynn Sauvageau-Pirone, a new student at Pierce, was also one of the model hopefuls and is all too familiar with some of life’s challenges.

“I was homeless until about a week before school started. I don’t want fear to control me,” she said.

She may be attending college as a social services/mental health major, but she still has a dream of becoming a model.

“I’ve always wanted to be a model. I’m tall so it was either that or play basketball. I want to step outside my comfort zone,” she said.

Current and former students were also on hand to help coordinate the event. For them, it was more about the benefit rather than the fashion.
One of the volunteers was Rahma Mira, who is at Pierce to get a business management degree.

“The purpose if for charity scholarships. I’m an activist and like to poke my nose in other’s business. I like the focus,” she said.

One of the event coordinators is a former Pierce alum. Aladia Gan graduated last June with a degree in business.

“It is a great opportunity to step outside one’s comfort zone. It’s for a good cause. It’s not your typical event for this area,” she said.

The fashion show is being put together by Pierce alum Gregory Marks, who was on hand to offer encouragement to those lined up in the hallway.

“We are looking more for smiling faces than we are anything else. So when you come in, come in smiling. Be upbeat. This isn’t ‘American Idol.’ Relax, breathe,” he said.

His own smile was easy-going and bright. He mingled with the crowd, switching easily from taking live video for Facebook to posing for selfies with the model hopefuls.

The fashion event will be on Nov. 4 at the Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma., from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. It will feature performances by Xola and Kendi Fresh Cosmos; Miss World 2013 Megan Young will be one of the judges.  Local news television stations will be there to cover the event.  Ticket and event information can be found at tinyurl.com/ybcblyup. All proceeds for the show will be going to the Pierce College Foundation.

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