Over 300 people attended the annual fashion show at the South Gate Auditorium in . The event, which included apparel from eight local shops and designers, featured about 60 teenage and young adult models from South Gate and neighboring cities.
Organizers who felt that the Azalea Festival had not catered to local youth developed the show seven years ago.
“No one tended to the youth group," said Ceci Miranda, event organizer. "[Sponsors and organizers] tend to a certain age group.”
The event also included a burlesque show and food for sale from , which is owned by Miranda's family.
Proceeds from the show will go to scholarships won by two South Gate high school seniors chosen by Mayor Maria Davila. To win, participants had to write a personal essay and participate in the fashion show.
Cristina Trejo from and Jessica Garcia from were selected for the scholarships.
Miranda said the scholarships usually amount to $500 each. The total collected for this show will be counted through the weekend.
"This is an opportunity to get [some] money,” said Davila, “help [them] with [college] tuition or even books."
For more details on the show, see the photo gallery and captions.
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