Call them model youth.
A Flatbush Boys and Girls Club put on a fashion show at Kings Plaza Mall on May 17. The club’s Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse organized the show to drum up interest in the program, which offers young people role models and mentors, one organizer said.
“We wanted to put our clubhouse on the map and really advertise what we do,” said staffer Nigel Williams, who also hit the runway during the event.
About 40 past and present club members, as well as staffers, strutted their stuff down the catwalk for about 200 onlookers on Saturday, displaying clothing made by local retailers and the clubhouse itself, he said.
Williams said he provided some of the threads himself, but he got to keep other duds he displayed, which included a snappy black suit and a denim jacket modified with breast pockets made using a cloth resembling cheetah print. It was one of the pieces the club modified for the show, he said.
The annual tradition of a fashion show was created by Aleathea Sapp, the club’s Cultural Enrichment Program specialist, to raise the self-esteem of youngsters while introducing them to careers in the fashion industry.