This week Skin Deep team members Jess, Lauren and Rachael attended the National Youth Week Youth Fashion Parade, put on by Down Syndrome Association NT in partnership with MyNT. Here’s our reflections on a wonderful event!
Getting styled for the show
Strangely enough, I’ve found that sometimes watching people who are essentially strangers do their thing and be themselves has a butterfly effect impact on you and all of a sudden you find yourself beaming and becoming emotional at the idea of being able to show the world who you are and ROCK IT. This is exactly how I felt watching the MyNT and Downs Syndrome Association NT Youth Fashion Show last night.
The feeling started from the moment we arrived backstage. It was a flurry of excitement; make-up being applied, hairstyles being created and hairspray and glitter aplenty. There was a buzz in the air of excitement and nerves, and lots of fun and laughs as well. There was no pressure though – everyone in the room knew the only thing they had to do was be themselves! And the crowd LOVED it.
How many times in our lives do we have the opportunity to put on the brightest make-up, style up the most outrageously fabulous hair, wear our favourite clothes and strut our stuff in front of a room full of people who just want to see us be happy? Not enough, I say.
I want to see this event and ones like it happen regularly, across the Territory, giving all of us a chance to express ourselves unashamedly and do exactly what the National Youth Week 2013 slogan tells us: Be Active, Be Happy, Be You.
Imagine this. You’re back stage at the Entertainment Centre. Nervous energy flies around as young people shyly tell you about the outfits they will be wearing; ones they have spent weeks making. Glitter goes into the hair, racks of clothes sweep around…
Half an hour later those young people talking shyly to you not even an hour ago strut their stuff on the stage, dancing, cheering, twirling; their personalities shining in front of a packed room.
That is exactly what happened at Thursday night’s National Youth Week event, the Youth Fashion Show. Run by Down Syndrome Association NT and Multicultural NT, we were stoked to attend and help usher people in to what was an absolutely lovely event. Self expression was key, and shown through an array of beautiful handmade outfits and the performance of young people on the stage. One of the organisers told us that if we wanted to see self esteem, wait until we saw those young people on stage…and she was so right!
The event certainly captured the essence of what Skin Deep is about. Young people creating their own ideals; expressing themselves in the way that they want, and being given an opportunity to do that.
National Youth Week’s motto of “Be Active, Be Happy, Be You” was perfectly represented by the Down Syndrome Association NT and Multicultural Youth NT Fashion Parade held at the Darwin Entertainment Centre as a part of Launch on Thursday.
Being Active – For me is about taking part in your local community. The fashion parade allowed all of the participants the opportunity to interact with the audience, including in the weeks leading up to the event in which they were able to make some of their events through Sew What. The audience responded with cheers, rounds of applause and perhaps a few tears!
Be Happy – Well, I don’t think there was anyone at the event that wasn’t happy! There was a nervous and positive energy backstage as everybody got ready, but when the fashion parade kicked off all I could see as an audience member was pure joy and pride on the faces of the models as they strutted their stuff!
Be You – Everyone that participated in the event had the opportunity to show the crowd who they were. The show was less about the fashion and more about showcasing the personalities, confidence and passion of the people involved.
To all those brave enough to take the stage, bravo! To all involved in making it happen, bravo! And for all those that attended to support such wonderful event, bravo!