Using fashion to aid in the fight against bullying

Published: Jul. 18, 2018 at 2:27 PM EDT
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(7/18/2018) - "Most people know that fashion builds confidence," Flint's Tracy Palmer said.

So, she created Fashion Against Bullying. An event combining her fight against bullying with her modeling and etiquette school, Trendsetters Productions.

"So we can build confidence in our young people and we can show them they can be who they are and who they want to be, but on the runway," Palmer explained.

47 models from age 6 to 27-years-old will hit the runway Saturday night.

Palmer said a number of them have been bullied.

"I'm so excited because they're all amazing young people who just needed a little push, they just needed someone to believe in them," she said. "So, that's what I'm doing, creating opportunity for us to come together as a community and do us right."

Watching one of their rehearsals, it's clear participating in the upcoming show is already having a positive impact.

"When you realize you're not alone with your sadness, with your issues, it helps a lot," Palmer said. "It helps a lot, like I said to know somebody believes in you, they're not gonna let you fail. Yeah, I see a change in every single student I have."

Palmer added a number of healthcare professionals will also be on hand at the event to offer counseling and other resources.

"I don't want to lose any more of our kids. I don't. So it's up to me, of course, and the rest of our community to build 'em up. We need to build 'em up and make them feel good about themselves again," she said.

The event begins at 7p.m. Saturday night inside the old Burlington department store at the Genesee Valley Mall.

All of the money raised goes to Palmer's 'Try to Bully Me' campaign.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click on the 'Related Links' section.

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