Last night, fashonistas dominated the LBJ Ballroom to watch the Bra Night and Fashion Show put on by Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges and Outreach (CAMCO) and Fashionation.
After audience members collected their “swag bags” and complimentary food at the reception, they headed into the ballroom to take part in a night dedicated to breast cancer awareness with over 600 others. More than 20 organizations competed against each other to see who had the most well-decorated bra. At the end of the night Fashionation won first place, CAMCOSO won second place and Latinas Unidas received third place for their creative bra designs.
According to the Master of Ceremony Graciela Sandoval, night was all about awareness and sequined bras.
“Know your body, check yourself, talk to your parents and talk to your doctor,” Sandoval said.
A lot of planning went into the show, according to Iain McMichael, photographer sophomore who works for Fashionation. He said Fashionation had to keep in touch with 22 organizations as well as sponsors, vendors and stores. Banana Republic, Strut, Crickets and Lotz of Shoes, Joe’s, Langford Market and New York, New York were all represented in the show.
With over double the audience members of last year, the fashion show was a success in raising awareness about breast cancer and an exciting evening for all who attended, McMichael said.
Sherri Benn, assistant vice president of student diversity and inclusion, was one of the judges. The event was very important to raise breast cancer awareness, said Benn.
“I’m honored and really excited to be able to have an opportunity to come out and welcome you,” Benn said.
Nicole Pape, executive director for Stiletto Stampede, said students were happy to raise awareness for the cause.
“Everyone is here because you have boobs or you like boobs and we want to help you keep those healthy,” Pape said.
De’Andreia Joseph, a 21-year-old breast cancer survivor took the stage halfway through the evening. She said she was diagnosed when she was 15 and has been cancer free for four years. She spoke animatedly about breast cancer and early prevention.
“Breast cancer is very serious and I get a little choked up,” Joseph said. “I want girls my age to know that it doesn’t matter what age you, be precautious because you can get it and you could potentially save your own life.”
One audience member was especially moved by Joseph’s testimony. Tabitha Williams, who works for the Office of Disability Services, said her favorite part was when De’Andreia spoke, because it “humanizes” the subject and made people realize that it could happen to them.
“I rock pink for all thirty-one days of October,” Williams said. “(I am) very passionate about breast cancer awareness and what that stands for and what that looks like.”
The fashion show was organized well and publicized effectively, said Kendra Wesson, Residence Director for Sterry Hall who was in the audience. Wesson said that the fashion show was a good push for her to start doing more checks with her doctor.