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Organizers say Fairy Prom Mothers fashion show is success

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kile Guthrey blows the crowd a kiss during his turn on the runway. He participated in the Fairy Prom Mothers Fashion Show, organized by two Marshall High School DECA students.
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The show was anything but a drag -- even though Saturday, Dec. 1, there were plenty of men donning clothes typically worn by teenage girls.

Dozens of community members and students turned out to the Fairy Prom Mothers Fashion Show to watch their favorite male teachers and coaches model donated prom attire. Organized by DECA students Sam Huston and Jasmine Tapia, the event was a marketing project intended to promote the charity, which collects prom dresses for girls who might not be able to afford them.

"We knew we had to create a new market for Fairy Prom Mothers," Huston said, "but who are you going to get to come to a fashion show that's just used prom dresses?"

Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden shows off his footwear as he makes his was down the runway for the Fairy Prom Mothers fashion show on Saturday, Dec. 1.
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Huston and Tapia felt they needed a humorous and entertaining show in order to draw a crowd. Instead of recruiting male students to model the attire, staff members throughout Marshall got in on the act.

"(If we) put male teachers in dresses ... then all their students would come and support them," Huston added.

Teachers, administrators, coaches and the Marshall mayor walked the runway in Marshall High School's Little Theatre, finding their best light and sometimes even showing off their shoes. For the DECA students, the night was a success.

"We are trying to target girls who can't afford dresses," Tapia said.

The promotional effort got the name Fairy Prom Mothers out to a wider audience Saturday night. The organization is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, which holds an open house each spring for girls to try on and pick out dresses.

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