PLANO — On Friday, we got a behind the scenes look at a unique fashion show. It had all the components of a normal fashion show, like a runway, a theme and even models. But there was something different about these models; they’re all living with Spina Bifida.
“It’s a great confidence builder, it takes a lot of courage to get out there on that runway and show off new clothing, they do it and they do it so well, better than anybody could,” says JCPenney Merchandise Manager of Junior Apparel, Rebecca McComb.
JCPenney and patients from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children had their 9th annual back to school fashion show! Established in May 2003 for children ages 14 to 18 years, the TSRHC “Successful Bridges” teen program has one goal in mind, to build a support system for teens living with Spina Bifida and help them achieve every milestone any other teen would achieve.
“It’s a chance to build self-esteem and encourage these teens to be themselves and a chance to strut down the catwalk in all types of JCPenney swag, smile and be in the spotlight,” says Stephanie Brigger, Vice President Development at TSRHC.
“Most people look at those models and think oh my gosh, I can’t do that but they give us a chance to do what we want to do,” says model, Ila Sanchez.
Without even knowing it, they highlight what is natural beauty, helping people look beyond the wheelchair and the disabilities.
Hey, a good cause never goes out of style.