Fashion show a worldly experience

Spring break may be over, but students will still get the chance to experience a trip to Africa today.

The African Student Association will host “A Journey to Africa Fashion Show” at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

Jorjoh Joof, a junior early childhood education major and treasurer for ASA, said the show was organized to give the feel of Africa. She also said it will give students a chance to pretend they are taking a plane to Africa.

“We were trying to get creative this year since we knew more students would be involved,” Joof said. “(We wanted to) make it more exciting for the models and the audience.”

Semhal Hailu, a freshman nursing major and secretary of ASA, said that the tickets being sold will look like airline tickets to help enhance the atmosphere.

Tickets will be sold for $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Joof said the proceeds will go to the Red Pump Project. She said it is an organization founded by someone from Africa, and it raises money for HIV/AIDS and other diseases currently affecting Africa.

Not only are the members of ASA selling tickets for the show, but Joof said the models for the show have been selling tickets. She said that the show has 20 to 25 models and ASA had tryouts two monthes ago for anyone interested in wearing African garb.

Hailu and Joof will also be modeling African clothes for the show.

“It’s all for Africa. African fashion is very unique because you have different prints, different styles and different colors,” Joof said. “Very rarely do outfits look the same unless it is done on purpose. Like for a wedding.”

Joof also said that students can expect to see a variety of types of fashions from Western and Eastern Africa. She said there will also be dancing, spoken word poetry, and scenes to resemble African life.

“We want to get the campus to know what the continent of Africa is like, and to eliminate stereotypes of Africa in people’s minds,” Joof said. “ASA is very close, like one big family. We would like all students to come out and be a part of our family.”

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can contact ASA at [email protected].

Seth Schroeder can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].