Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ASD Modeling Workshop and Fashion Show

Participants at the end of the fashion show
It was a special day for ten girls, their families and friends, and local organizations who made it all happen.  ASRC, with the help of the Crush Girls Modeling Agency, held a one-day workshop for teens and pre-teens on the autism spectrum and their siblings, at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.  The idea was to help build social skills and increase self confidence.

The morning started with a talk with Mrs. Nueces County, Lisa McGrew.  Teaching about nutrition, body image, manners, and how to combat bullying, the pageant winner was an inspiration to the young girls.  She showed them magazine advertisements - and revealed the "before" and "after" touched-up photographs that were used.  She reminded the girls that no one is perfect, and almost all magazine photos have been altered in some way.

Makeup and hair makeover
The Crush Girls were next with lessons in runway walking and posing for the camera.  Tony Martinez of the Crush Girls took photos of the girls throughout the workshop.  

The afternoon continued with a healthy lunch provided by Jason's Deli, and then a makeover.  The girls each received a makeup lesson, and had their hair done by the teachers.  Glowing, they were ready to don the dresses for the fashion show.  The dresses, donated by military spouses, ranged from casual to evening wear.  Each girl modeled two dresses and even got to take home a dress.  The girls also received a rose, and a gift bag with makeup and fun girly items.

Overall, the day was a huge success.  ASRC had a cake and punch reception at the end, thanked the community and several volunteers- and the biggest winners being the girls!