On Saturday, April 19, the DeSousa-Brent Scholars held a cultural fashion show on Greens outside of Daugherty Palmer Commons. The show was held as a celebration of international fashions, and portrayed the beauty and uniqueness of couture worldwide. Outfits and models were taken from the St. Mary’s student community.
The show featured fashions from Latin America to East Asia, and was accompanied by a mocktail party afterward. The fashion show represents the final one of the many events offered by DeSousa-Brent Scholars in the 2013-2014 year. Other recent events included a Lunar New Year celebration back in Febraury, and a lecture on Race, Education, and America’s future by Professor Lawrence Blum of the University of Boston.
Much as with past events by the DeSousa-Brent Scholars, the show was not only meant to be an interesting and enjoyable presentation, but also to serve an educational purpose. The show was meant to enlighten students not only about the different fashions representative of cultures around the world, but also accepting and embracing different kinds of beauty. This is very much in the spirit of the DeSousa-Brent program, which describes its mission as one that “cultivate[s] the academic and leadership potential of talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented at St. Mary’s,” according to their website.
“For me the cultural Fashion show was a chance for me to step outside of my day-to-day routine and engage the SMCM community more,” said junior Abiola Akanni. “To shortly sum it in words the fashion show was an opportunity for people to show case their culture and heritage in a fun, respectful space.”
Though this is the last program of the semester, more information about the DeSousa-Brent Scholars program and their future events can be found on their website: http://www.smcm.edu/desousabrent/index.html.