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Fashion club begins search for Brockport's next top model

by Imani Coaxum - Contributing Writer
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 05:00 pm
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 On Thursday, Sept. 6, the Walk Your Way: Fashion Club hosted an audition for its first annual Brockport’s Next Top Model competition. The event itself was a spin-off of the well recognized television series, “America’s Next Top Model.” Similarly, many hopeful and aspiring models joined to compete to become Brockport’s Next Top Model. 

 Those who place first, second and third receive a cash prize, a medal or trophy, a news spread in The Stylus, and let us not forget about the bragging rights. Students of all academic years joined in the Union Gallery to show judges what they got.

The event itself was first established last year; hopeful students attended an audition to not only show their stuff, but learn to walk to the beat of their own drum with. The students lined up and walked to the song of their choice as they glided down the runway, personalities flourishing.

 Music preference can tell a lot about a person, some students chose to walk to upbeat and fast paced songs, while others chose slow and seductive songs. Senior, Aaron Brown, here at The College at Brockport was one amongst the many hopefuls.

“During the audition I was a little bit ambivalent on whether or not I wanted to do this,” Brown said. “But the moment the music came on, all the good vibes just went through me and I started moving in an instant.”

After getting a feel for the cat walk he, as well as others, received helpful critiques to help them advance in the competition later. They walked individually and received scores for specific categories. 

After receiving their critique, students were given another chance to walk. This second walk showcased their progress and persistence amongst their competitors. The point of the judges giving them critiques was to help them become more confident on stage. 

A panel of judges, consisting of the Walk Your Way: Fashion Club Executive Board oversaw the critiques. The critiques could be as simple as suggesting the models to use the beat of a song to aid them in their walk. The judges were looking for things like use of music, energy and attitude to score the contestants. Destiny Washington, Vice President of the Walk Your Way: Fashion Club, was one of the judges.

“It can be a bit intimidating at first, but having that common ground of everyone being students makes contestants a lot more comfortable.” Washington said. “The judges are only there to help models, so it was very rewarding to see students take their critiques and improve their walk.”

“You have to realize who’s in front of you and commend them on having the courage to try. We don’t compare models to others,” Washington said. “we focus on giving critiques and how what we say is implemented after given.”

Overall, the audition had a great turnout. Students were very shy and hesitant in the beginning, but soon after, they were coming out of their shells and strutting down the runway. It is a great way to prepare them for what the competition entails without overwhelming them.

 The competition itself is the finishing touch to all the students’ hard work. It is not easy coming to an audition, and walking in front of a bunch of your peers. It takes courage and the Walk Your Way: Fashion Club uses opportunities like this to get students out of their comfort zone.

“Last year’s event was so great, that I couldn’t wait for the second one. The audition was great! An amazing turn out and amazing talents. We saw new faces and some old,” President of the Walk Your Way: Fashion Club, Sade Bartley said.

The event and club itself goes out of its way to make students of diverse backgrounds feel confident in their own skin. Brockport’s Next Top Model is just one of the many events the club hosts in an effort to uplift students across campus through fashion.



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