Girls Prepare For Unique Fashion Show


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — It’s not every day, you have someone do your hair and teach you some new skills that you can hopefully recreate.

Jamie Rein and a few other young women have been attending classes once a week to do just that and more. They are preparing for a fashion show. 

“I like them they are fun,” said Jamie Rein, a student of the program. 

Rein is one of seven other girls with and without developmental disabilities preparing for the unique fashion show put un by Art Inspired Academy. The project is called “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” 

This week, the girls were learning hair and make-up. They learned to cleanse and moisturize their faces and then how to apply makeup. Last week, they learned to walk down the runway. 

“Do different styles and hips. Don’t do too much, don’t overdo it,” Rein said. 

A local model and hair and makeup artists volunteer their time to work with the girls. 

Each of the girls is also creating a “This is Me” board sharing who they are and what they like.  

Inclusion specialist at Art Inspired Jamie McGranahan says while the girls sometimes just wanna have fun, the program is really about what they learn and how they feel. 

“When our students come in they are not a diagnosis,” she said. “It’s really about empowerment, to develop self-awareness and self-confidence, also establish their ability to communicate, I’m a young lady, I’m a young adult, and this is who I am.” 

The fashion show is Friday, April 6 at Art Inspired Boutique and it’s free for anyone to attend.  

The Boutique will be providing the clothes the girls will be modeling that day. 

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