As the final four hours of THON 2020 approached this afternoon, the BJC stage transformed into a runway for the annual Kids Fashion Show. The kids showed off some of their favorite looks accompanied by family and Penn State students.
The fashion show’s theme was ‘Lion King,’ which created a fun and upbeat environment for the kids to strut their stuff on the runway. Each individual put a creative twist on their fashion show debut with some seriously fierce poses and cool tricks, and the crowd was loving it.
Many came decked out in colorful hats, boas, leis and tutus — each making their own unique statement. Others chose to dress up as Disney princesses and one boy chose an especially stylish zebra costume.
This year, the Penn State Fashion Society assisted backstage by providing the kids with costumes, accessories and makeup. Many chose to experiment with fun lipstick colors, while others picked out crowns and multi-colored leis. The face glitter was definitely a fan favorite amongst the kids — you can really never get enough sparkle!
“It was really exciting talking to the kids. They were really appreciative and sweet,” says Emily Margolis, Fashion Society president. “I’m very grateful that I got the chance to help because it’s not something many people have the opportunity to do.”
The fashion show was a great opportunity for students in the Fashion Society to do their part in making THON a fun experience for the children, especially since some members were not able to get involved in THON through other organizations.
“It was really enjoyable because we were able to help the kids dress up and make them feel like they were going to walk down a real runway,” says Corey Steinruck. “I didn’t get involved with THON, so I’m happy I got to do something that combined fashion and THON.”
The show not only allowed the kids to express themselves through clothes and costumes, but it also helped the crowd get to know each kid a little more with fun facts and images displayed on the BJC screens.
Mina Horan, the last child to strut out on the runway, was even asked to be a flower girl at her friend’s wedding. Of course she responded with “Yes,” and the crowd went wild.
From A’Niah Butler’s aspiration to one day be the first female Penn State football player, to Julia O’Toole’s soon-to-be launched YouTube channel, the THON 2020 Kids Fashion Show proved that these kids are not only fashion-forward, but they also have a whole lot of talent.