Guest post by a student/journalist at Southern Nazarene University who interviewed our intern, Jasmine, in Oklahoma City.
The SPEAK theme house - a “theme house” for women who are passionate about fighting human trafficking at Southern Nazarene University - has partnered with 18 year old freshman, Jasmine Abraham to host the first Stop the Traffic Fashion at Herrick Auditorium on March 27th at 7:00 p.m..
Different stores and boutiques from all around Oklahoma City have volunteered their Spring styles for men, women, and children to be featured. In addition to the show, there will be entertainment, refreshments, and prizes. Pay $10 online or at the door – you won’t want to miss this!
I had the privilege of interviewing Jasmine Abraham and asked her more about her involvement with the anti-human trafficking movement. Jasmine first found out about human trafficking in November of 2011, and since then, she has been working to spread awareness and raise money for different organizations that combat trafficking. Last year, Jasmine held the Stop The Traffic benefit concert at her high school for two anti-human trafficking organizations, No Boundaries International and Beautiful Dream Society. This year, she wanted to try something “a bit different.” All proceeds made at the Stop The Traffic Fashion Show will benefit “She’s Somebody’s Daughter” an organization that confronts sexual exploitation at all levels.
Many people have asked why SPEAK is hosting a fashion show, since most people associate fashion shows as just another way to “exploit women.” When asked “how is being a model contributing to the hope for those who are human trafficked,” Rebekah Jeong, who is part of the SPEAK house, shared her thoughts and said, “usually models are looked at as objects, as objects of desire rather than being looked as humans. This is a representation of how victims of human trafficking are looked at. With these models at SNU walking the runway, we want to point out that instead of looking at models as objects, that we can look at them with love and compassion. These models walking the runway are symbolizing that we will not look at these victims as objects, but as our brothers and sisters.”
Jasmine’s response to this question has been that,
“When people come to Stop The Traffic, we want them to see that fashion can convey beauty without exploiting men and women. It can show beauty through expression of personality and individualism instead of skin. Usually when we see a model for a magazine or runway, we don’t think about the person behind the clothes. We think about the outfit. With Stop The Traffic, we have many SNU students and faculty as our models to emphasize the fact that they are more than just students or teachers- they are somebody’s daughter, somebody’s son, somebody’s friend.”
From Jasmine, our intern in Oklahoma City:
If you could support this show with your prayers, or if you feel the urge to support us financially, that would help us out tremendously. Both are vital to the success of this show. To donate money to the show, Click the Donations tab and under the dropdown menu, choose “Stop The Traffic Fashion Show.” Your donation is tax-deductible. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!