By Naomi Chandler


On Sunday April 29, the Black Student Union hosted its 5th annual fashion show entitled “Rated B”. All proceeds from the event are to be donated through UNICEF to aid in the relief efforts to end the genocide in Darfur with focus on children of the area.

As the name implies, the theme behind the production was classic movies in the film industry. The movies that the show captured spanned from the films Chicago and Paid in Full to Sex in the City and The Lion King. The choreography and all other creative concepts came from the minds of Benedictine students and executive directors Deidra Durham and Maraea Mason along with the rest of the BSU Executive Board. The team pulled together the largest production to date with a total of thirty-three models.

“Despite all the setbacks, minor disputes, lack of sleep, and constant headaches, I’m proud of my models for pulling together, finding their inner fierceness, and drawing the biggest crowd to make ‘Rated B’ the best fashion shown BenU has seen,” said Durham.  “[I was] glad to see my dream come to life!”

“After four months of practice, the models’ hard work paid off. Planning was key and that’s what Deidra and I [were] committed to doing,” shared Mason. “Of course, none of Sunday’s success would have been possible without the cooperation of the BSU [executive] board. I was very proud with the turnout and support!”

The fashions that the models sported while strutting down the runway came from an array of different stores. The stores included Dressbarn, Armani Exchange, K & G, and delia’s just to name a few.

When asked about her perception of the clothing, BenU junior Earreal Bell states, “The outfits were really nice. They did a good job in capturing the life of a college student.”