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A local teenager is putting her passion for fashion towards a good cause this weekend as she hosts a fashion show to benefit a humanitarian organization. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.
At this time of year, most teenagers are worried about finals, and making plans for winter break. Everton High School junior Destinee Douty is busy finalizing plans for something else: a fashion show. But it’s not just any fashion show. This one is a fundraiser for the Red Cross. Douty says she got involved with the Red Cross after seeing a presentation at her school’s career fair.
“They asked for volunteers and I volunteered and we just kind of had this process of filling out paperwork and taking classes.”
“I had watched this TV show called Laguna Beach- it’s like one of my favorites- and I saw that they had done a charity fashion show. And so I was just like well, you know, I’m an aspiring fashion designer and so why don’t I use my talents to help other people?”
Douty says the planning process began in December 2011, and the idea started to come to life in January.
“Basically we started in January, and I started with my friends…interviewing them…to see which ones can possibly be a model and be able to come to the fundraisers and the fittings and all that.”
Douty found models, but there was one problem-she didn’t know how to sew.
“My counselor from high school actually taught me how to sew and the whole summer we spent three or four days a week sewing all my outfits together.”
This was only the first hurdle, however. Douty has thyroid disease and suffered a flare up during this time.
“It just made it so much harder because I was just so exhausted constantly. But we worked through it; we worked through that little kink.”
After a year-long journey, Douty is now less than a week away from her fashion debut. She named her designs the “Rearview Mirror Collection.”
“It just kind of symbolizes that sometimes you have to leave your hometown behind, to get away from your comfort zone in order to experience life and be successful.”
Douty plans to attend Missouri State University to continue studying fashion, with the ultimate goal of “getting out of her comfort zone” and moving to New York.
Douty’s fashion show will be held Saturday, December 8th at the Southern Missouri Red Cross Office located on N. West Bypass in Springfield. Pre-show begins at 5:30 p.m., and the fashion show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is a minimum $5 donation, and all proceeds go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.