I was invited to attend the Bama Against Bullying Fashion Show last Thursday at the Cypress Inn here in Tuscaloosa, AL, and it was such a HUGE success. I was in love with the clothes presented, and even more the models wearing them (but seriously, these kids can pose)! What an amazing cause to take on. Being bullied all my life up until high school where many teachers and administrators chose not to lend a helping hand and not having the knowledge myself on how to even help myself took a horrible blow to my confidence and my grades. Every child and teenager should have the right to an effective support system in their school systems. Heck, they ARE expected to attend class everyday, so these kind of things should absolutely come standard and should take priority over whether Sally decided to come to school in shorts that go above her knees. A portion of proceeds went to the HALT program for Tuscaloosa County Schools.
As far as the show went, I feel more than inspired to do some more local shopping from now on. Black Friday is coming up, so you know what that means...Small Business Saturday! I encourage every one of you to do some shopping at your local boutique that Saturday. There's nothing better than knowing you made your community a better place...with a new pair of shoes!
Here's some of the boutiques that were featured in this fashion show:
Part Two 1653 Mcfarland Blvd N, #G4g, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Soca Clothing Boutique 1800 McFarland Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
The Gypsy Spur 2314 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
The Pants Store 2223 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
In all, I'm so happy that this initiative exists. I hope there's more fashion shows planned for next years to come. Has your community taken an initiative to combat bullying within its school system? What's your favorite local business?
Photography by Ibrahim Albannay