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Tuesday, March 21, 2023


Fashion show features local designers

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The UH NAACP hosted its eighth annual #Fashion Forward Fashion Show on Monday. Several Houston designers glamorized the runway with their latest trends. | Rachael Sneed/The Daily Cougar

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People gave UH students and professional models the opportunity to grace the runway with its eighth annual #FashionForward Fashion Show on Monday.

Houston-based designers, including Denise Jackson, Melissa Greggs, Chasity Sereal, Bella Craze and Jagged Hagger, and student designers from UH and Prairie View A&M University gave guests a night filled with charisma and glamor.

Musical performers Project Bad also showcased their talents, which left the audience ready for more fashion all night.

Students came to support their friends who were participating in the fashion show and to see the urban and chic styles of the diverse designers.

For new UH students, #FashionForward brought something different from the usual on campus events of the fall semester.

“I came to support my friends, but also for the great experience,” said print media journalism freshman Faith Alford. “This is my first fashion show.”

Along with the flawless struts of the models, NAACP not only gave students an enjoyable event, but also showed how involved the UH chapter is in the campus community.

NAACP alumni and former presidents were in attendance to support the current leadership of the chapter. Because of the continuing growth and student involvement opportunities, there are more students who would like to be active with the organization.

“I’ll possibly join NAACP next year,” said psychology freshman Carl Webb.

NAACP President Jessie Smith has been leading the chapter for three years. The fashion show is one of many events that the chapter has hosted to encourage an active student community at UH.

“The fashion show went well for my last show,” said Smith, a political science and communications senior.

NAACP will host an AIDS testing event Wednesday at the University Center Satellite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. entitled “No More Excuses, Know Your Status.” It will collaborate with the Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Wednesday evening, there will be an evening informational session from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Roy G. Cullen Building, Room 104 with guest speaker Richard Baker from Coogs Get Consent.

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