On the Runway: Culturally Appropriate Active Wear for East African Girls

WHAT: Middle school girls from the Cedar-Riverside community will model active wear they designed with researchers from the College of Design and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.
WHERE: Rapson Courtyard, Ralph Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN
WHEN: Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m., 25 East-African middle school girls from around the metro will walk down the runway in culturally appropriate active wear they designed in partnership with researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Design and the U of M Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

The fashion show will provide the young women the opportunity to proudly show off the line of active wear they took the lead on designing. The audience will have a chance to see clothing that is fun, functional, sensitive to cultural beliefs and ready to meet the demands of young, active women.

“[The girls] are the ultimate creators of the garment and seeing the joy they have in leading the way is priceless,” said Tucker Center affiliated scholar Dr. Chelsey Thul. After the fashion show, each participating girl will receive the final outfit, complete with tennis shoes, giving her more opportunities to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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