Giving back while remixing the runway

Hosted by Chicago comedian Lil Rel, the 2010 Remix the Runway show spotlighted aspiring models of varying sizes and heights, while raising money for scholarships for Chicago’s youth.
In what producers described as a combination of “America’s Next Top Model” and “American Idol,” a sold-out crowd of more than 1,500 enjoyed the fourth annual fashion show.
Partnering with Windows of Opportunity –– a non-profit that plans programs and teams with other organizations to assist Chicago’s disadvantaged residents –– Nate Gilbert said the fashion show aims to provide scholarships for the city’s youth.
“One thing we wanted to do was give back this year,” Gilbert, co-producer of the fourth annual fashion show, told the Defender before the start of the Nov. 14 event at the Harris Theatre.
The number of scholarships given will depend on the total number of ticket sales, he said.
The event, which in previous years featured about 20 models chosen through online votes, boasted 38 models on the runways in the latest designs of local and national designers as they strutted down the runway.
The crowd was also treated to live performances by Chicago natives Jeremih and Hip hop violinist Lee England Jr.; Keri Hilson; and Wale. DJ D-Nice, former rapper from the East Coast, lent his turntable skills for the fashion event, among other esteemed DJ’s from Chicago.
“I haven’t performed home in my home town in a long time so I’m definitely looking forward to that tonight and expect the unexpected,” said Jeremih while waiting in the wings to perform.
El DeBarge made a surprise appearance to support fellow R&B artist Keri Hilson, and even shared the stage with Hilson.
Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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