Students' fashion show raise awareness for positive body image

LEWISTON, ID - The DECA Chapter from Lewiston High School held a fashion show at the Lewiston Center Mall on Saturday. But the show is more than just glitz and glam.

Lewiston High School girls strut down the catwalk, modeling clothes from Macy's, JcPenneys, Pro Image and Maurices.

Glamour is definitely part of the show, but the message, "Be Your Own Beautiful" is much more, promoting positive body image among young women.

It's a public relations project for DECA, put together by seniors Kaylona White and Carly Allen. Their goal is to help girls realize their own inner beauty.

"We really wanted it to be different and unique and show girls that they're all beautiful and show that all high school girls no matter what size and stuff we all have insecurities but that we can all overcome them together," said White.

Carly was born with a joint disorder and had nine surgeries to correct it. She still walks with a limp but has now come to accept it.

"If you're gonna go anywhere in life, you have to accept yourself and the way that you are and not worried about what other people view you as or you don't have the typical size two body," said Allen.

Aside from the fashion show, DECA is also selling bracelets with the message "Be Your Own Beautiful." It's a fundraiser event to help students get formal wear for school dances. The bracelets go for $3 each or 2 for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Cinderella-Cinderfella Project to help deserving seniors attend prom for free.

This is the first public relations project of its kind for the Lewiston High School DECA Chapter.

"How people view themselves in society today is important and as educator and students, we need to do a better job at promoting healthy self-image and I think this is a great venue to do it and a great opportunity for our kids to have a successful project to compete with, said John Potter, DECA advisor at Lewiston High School."

Kaylona and Carly plan to enter their project into the state and national DECA competition in March.