‘Red Dress’ pageant pushes heart health

  By Kennedy Navarro

LOGOS Staff Writer

The University of the Incarnate Word held its 16th annual “Red Dress Fashion Show,” where local high school students and UIW fashion students showed off their masterpieces.

   The show and related health program is designed to increase heart awareness among women. This event is put on in association with the different professional health schools to motivate people to make healthy lifestyle changes.

The purpose of the red dress is to symbolize heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women. Around the same number of women and men die each year due to heart disease in the United States. So the pageant allows participants and patrons to be educated in a fun way.

   “Women’s health is not just an issue here in San Antonio, it’s a national issue and something we ought to be thinking about,” said Dr. Trey Guinn, emcee for the event. “As a dad to two daughters, I take pride in knowing our institution has such an active hand in educating not just to students here at UIW but the society and the community here in San Antonio about something as important as heart health and living a healthy lifestyle.:

   Students from local high schools such as John Jay and Sandra Day O’Connor each designed a red dress to be modeled along with those from UIW students. The high schoolers’ pieces ranged from prom dresses to street wear. At the end of the event, four lucky high school students were given various scholarships for their dresses — if they plan to attend UIW in the future.

   Students from the fashion department also volunteered to help make this event a success. Edith Barron, a freshman fashion merchandising major, was one of many volunteers who helped out.

   “I wanted to volunteer to get familiar with the event,” Barron said. “This is my first event being a freshman and I always heard (fashion faculty members) Dr. (Cat) Studak and Professor (Teri) Lopez talking about the red dress, so I never had the opportunity to come to this as a high school student, so I am really excited to do it as a college student.”

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