Ebony fashion fair

Ebony Fashion Fair presents Simply Spectacular, a fashion show, to the FAMU community January 21 at 8 p.m.

Simply Spectacular promises to be unforgettable said Staci Collins, a FAMU graduate and promotions coordinator for Ebony Fashion Fair, Ebony and Jet magazine circulation.

“As the former president of Epicurean, I remember that we would all go to the show as a group. The models were like the next level of where we wanted to be,” Collins said.

The event gives students a chance to see the latest in fashion and an opportunity to experience history in the making.

“I’ve been a fan of Fashion Fair for as long as I can remember. This year is the 45th anniversary and they have continuously made an impact on the black community and in the fashion world,” said Semon Buggs, 21, a junior accounting student from Eustis, FL.

The show, which travels to about 200 cities each year, has donated over $49 million to charity. Proceeds from the January 21 show benefit the Trudie M. Battle scholarship program, which aids FAMU students in need.

“There is no particular criteria to receive the scholarship, except the student must have at least a 2.0 GPA. The scholarship amount will be given according to the amount that is raised from the show,” said Vernell McCray, general chairperson of the event.

McCray said students do not have to apply for this scholarship.

“Students may be referred to us by someone who feels they have a need or they may be chosen by us if we know they are in need of financial assistance,” McCray said.

The event promises to continue Ebony’s legacy of entertainment and community service.

“I am so proud of Fashion Fair. They have literally changed the face of modeling worldwide. I am personally excited to see what new and extravagant things they will bring to the stage,” Buggs said.

Tickets are available to the public for $20 and $15 for students at the Office of Student Activities. The price includes a one-year subscription to Ebony or a six-month subscription to Jet.