Seattle Fashion Show Raises Awareness about Cancer

Seattle Fashion Show Raises Awareness about Cancer

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Guests arriving have their fun on the pink carpet while taking photos as they walk through the door. (Photo: Jacky Graham)
Guests arriving have their fun on the pink carpet while taking photos as they walk through the door. (Photo: Jacky Graham)

By Jacky Graham

It was all about sympathy, support and pink ribbons at BMW Seattle Sunday night.

A runway that was “L” shaped featured models strutting their stuff as formal dressed guests, some of them cancer survivors, gathered to raise awareness in the fight against cancer

October is the official month for Breast Cancer Awareness, and Posh Models International kicked off the month with the 2nd Annual “Hint of Pink” Fashion Show for the Cure featuring models wearing clothing items from The Finerie, Finerie Colab and Indochino.

Hint of Pink is an organization started in 2011 by a group of women affected by cancer who came together to fight against the disease through fundraising. This year’s fashion show follows that example by raising money through ticket purchases and silent auctions.

Cherrisse Jackson, producer and director of the fashion show, established this event back in 2013 because her mother, Lexxie Jackson, was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, and one of her cousin’s lost the battle in 2008. Her mother was also present at the show and expressed why this event really matters.

“The event is a tribute to me and in addition to other survivors, and those who lost the battle. And yes it starts with me, but it doesn’t end with me,” Lexxie Jackson said. “Spreading the news about breast cancer is very important because Seattle is the one of the top states where breast cancer is known.”

She is a 10-year survivor who went through chemotherapy and radiation. Once she got her lump removed, she became a survivor and is now a counselor for those battling cancer.

“We should stop and take this serious because breast cancer can take your life and cancer in itself is a big giant,” Lexxie Jackson said.  “You have to pay attention to what’s going on in order to defeat cancer as a whole.”

Cherrisse Jackson (far left) poses with her models after the show. Each model had his or her own story of how cancer affected their lives. Models wore pink at the end of the show in support of breast-cancer awareness. (Photo: Jacky Graham)
Cherrisse Jackson (far left) poses with her models after the show. Each model had his or her own story of how cancer affected their lives. Models wore pink at the end of the show in support of breast-cancer awareness. (Photo: Jacky Graham)

Around 100 people gathered for drinks, appetizers, live music, and a fun fashion show, hosted by Gregory Marks, a professional women’s stylist and Jamei June, an entrepreneur and international model. Each model had his or her own story of how cancer affected their lives.

Pawan Walia, a featured model on the runway, explained his personal story.

“In high school, I got close to a client at a place I worked at and she died from cancer as a became close to her. To see her go through that process impacted me further,” Walia said. “Cancer means having the strongest person available to deal with it”.

Toward the end of the show, the models dressed up in pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness and those who face it, walking through the runway with confidence and strength.

When asked about what the show meant to Walia, he said, “It means getting one step closer to curing breast cancer.”

Both the Jacksons believed that the cure is the goal, but knowledge is power. Not only does this event aim to spread information about breast cancer, both mother and daughter are strong advocates for early detection.

“I found lumps and my mom also had cancer, which made me scared to get it checked out. Going through the fear and scare of losing my mom made me think we are all here to serve and we should give and get,” Cherrisse Jackson said. “People should get tested through biopsies to detect cancer more efficiently than mammograms.”

All the proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen organization, which spreads breast cancer awareness through global outreach, public policy initiatives, research and community health.

“This is about feeling good about yourself and feeling beautiful,” said Cherrisse Jackson at the end of the show. “I want more people to step up to the plate and start giving.”

Overall, Cherrisse Jackson was thrilled with the success of the fashion show. One of the things she wanted the audience to take away from her fashion is to give more than we receive.

“This is a celebration to honor those who lost their lives, survived and are battling. Together each accomplishes more and we come together as a community as a whole to show sympathy and support.”

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