By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
9:24 PM EDT, April 7, 2012
Shawnice Blowe didn’t have to go far to find the business attire she modeled Saturday night for the Black Student Union’s fashion show at Hagerstown Community College
“I just found it in my clothes and I was like, ‘OK,’” Blowe said before taking the Kepler Center theater stage to model the clothes with Malick Nguema.
Blowe, 18, of Hagerstown, and Nguema, 19, of the Washington, D.C., area, were among about a dozen volunteer models for the HCC student organization’s second annual fashion show.
Participating vendors for the show included Déjà Vu Boutique, J.C. Penney, Jos. A. Bank, Deb, Kasper, Old Navy, Reebok, and Wilsons Leather, according to HCC.
Blowe, who is majoring in business at HCC, said she previously had modeled for children’s magazines, but hopes to own her own salon one day and has no plans to become a professional model.
Nguema said he was comfortable taking part in the show because of his background as a dancer.
Joan Watson, a 20-year-old accounting and theater major at HCC, said she loves to model and might one day pursue it professionally.
“I love to be on stage all the time, in makeup, fashion, clothes,” Watson said. “I think it’s just showing beauty of clothes, your personality, your style ...”
Preparations for this year’s fashion show began in September, Black Student Union Vice President Patrick Germain said.
“It’s no different than putting on a musical,” Germain said of the work involved in coordinating clothing changes and musical performances by Alison Crockett and Kolten Perrine.
The models, who donned casual, business, sport, formal and evening wear, walked to front of center stage beneath a white lattice trellis. The models walked in front of a series of photographs of flowers that lined the stage.
About 50 people attended Saturday’s show, according to academic adviser Monica Hutchins.
Hutchins said she hopes the show brings students in the club closer together. Hutchins said recognition of social issues affecting young people in society also was a focus of this year’s show.
Members of the audience cheered as the models took the stage, some standing to shoot video with their mobile phones.
Black Student Union member Zina Pugh said the event was good for the organization.
“Everybody comes together,” Pugh said. “We’re like a big family.”
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