The Red Thread Fashion Show will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday downtown at the Windsor Hotel for the fifth straight year. The fashion show partners with Eternal Threads, and its purpose is to raise awareness and funds to help end sex trafficking in Nepal.
The theme of this year’s show is “Power Through the Red” with the hashtag #EndIt. Supporters will wear a giant red “X” will on the back of their hands to spread the word about the show and sex trafficking.
The show will consist of about 30 ACU students who will model clothes donated by Betty and June and Ya Ya Gurlz, all while wearing the Red Thread Movement bracelets to remind audience members of the purpose for the show.
Nikki Wilson, junior ad/PR major form Houston, is in charge of the fashion show this year.
“I got involved with the show on a volunteer basis and I’m actually the one heading up the show now,” she said. “It’s an exciting and energetic event held at the Windsor Hotel, that really brings the ACU and Abilene community together.”
In the past years, students from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications organized the show and raised more than $3,000.
Brenna Jefferies, senior ad/PR major from Bartonville, is in charge of promotions. She managed social media outreach, sold tickets in the Campus Center and came up with marketing tactics, such as putting up posters around town.
“My favorite aspect has been getting to watch people come together and support a cause that we are passionate about,” Jefferies said. “Students are getting involved in a cause that doesn’t affect them personally, but they know what is at stake. They know that sex trafficking is something that must be stopped.”
Abbey Moses, president of the ACU Red Thread Movement, said she enjoys seeing talented individuals use their skills to fight against human trafficking.
“Some people imagine that they can’t be involved in the fight against injustice because they don’t have the right talents,” she said. “But that is totally not true; each talent, each gift that we have can be used to help others. The fashion show is a great example of people using special skills to benefit others.”
Tickets are $7, but $6 if you “like” the Red Thread Fashion Show page on Facebook. A bracelet will be included in the price of the ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase at Betty & June, in the Campus Center and at the door.