Best Buddies show best fashions at Appo HS

By Amy Cherry 8:53am, December 7, 2012
It's not your typical fashion show.

This weekend at Appoquinimink High School, developmentally and intellectually disabled models will strut their stuff on the runway in designer gowns to raise money and awareness for Best Buddies Delaware.

The idea was born with twin sisters Angela and Alicia Johnson, who are spearheading the effort for their senior project.

"I wanted to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to showcase their talents and abilities, and by including the models, I wanted to communicate that having a disability doesn't disclude them from having an active life," says Angela Johnson.

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If you like what you see on the catwalk, some of the dresses will be raffled off and others offered at a discounted price with all proceeds benefiting Best Buddies Delaware.

The show is a way for Johnson to combine her passions - fashion and helping the disabled, which she's already done through starting her school's Best Buddies chapter last year.

"I just want to give them opportunities. I just want to be their advocate because people treat them disrespectfully, and I just want to show that they are actually human; they can do as much as we can do," says Johnson.

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The show is Saturday at 7pm at Appoquinimink High School at 1080 Bunker Hill Road in Middletown. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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