This Friday, the Chinese Student Scholars Association is hosting a fashion show in the Teague Special Events Center. The show, titled Be Stylish, Be Casual, Be Smart, starts at 7:30 pm, and all proceeds will be donated entirely to the Hope Fund for breast cancer awareness.
Cynthia Kuong, senior at Hardin-Simmons University from Macao, China, is serving as the show’s director and invited her friends from ACU to be a part of her project.
“This semester I have an internship at Hendrick Hospital’s Vera West Women’s Center, so that made me notice more about how things for breast cancer operated,” Kuong said. “I wanted to raise money to support the Hope Fund. This show is raising funds to give free mammograms to women in the Big Country who could not afford them on their own.”
Kuong became involved with CSSA at ACU this semester, noting that ACU’s international population is much larger and more diverse than at her school.
“I came to a lot of ACU events like Ethnos and other international events, and I just got to know a lot of people,” Kuong said.
“I was thinking maybe I could raise some money to help these people and do something meaningful before I graduated,” Kuong said.
Kuong said the fashions featured in the show will fit into four different categories: cute, sporty, office casual and elegant. Kuong spent around $200 on the clothes, all of which are from Korea.
Kuong plans to sell the clothes after the fashion show Monday in the Campus Center Living Room, with all proceeds also going to the Hope Fund.
Charena Camacho, senior advertisement and public relations major from McGregor, said she and Kuong chose female students from Hardin-Simmons and ACU to model in Friday’s show.
“It’s mostly international girls – not that we chose that way specifically, but it just kind of happened,” Camacho said. “It’s going to be a really fun fashion show. It’s not going to be anything like a vogue runway, not straight-faced models looking mad. It’s going to be a very fun, interactive show.”
“There’s models of all different cultures – Filipino, Thai, Asian, American … I wanted to show different people working together,” Kuong said.
“Absolutely everybody, anybody from the community can come. The show should run about an hour and a half, maybe two hours long, and it’s going to be so much fun. In the small amount of time it will take, if you can help something bigger, it won’t take much of your time but will be donating to a good cause,” Camacho said.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door the day of the event or at the “Be” fashion show table set up in the campus center all week.