Domestic violence is theme of this year's STRUT
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Saturday, October 27, 2012
10/27/12 at 8:14 AM
Selah Productions hosts its eighth annual STRUT 2012 Awareness Fashion Play beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday by the Gilcrease Museum Lake, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road.
The theme of this year's presentation is domestic violence - a subject close to STRUT producer and designer Tiara Crawford and one Miss STRUT 2011 selected.
"It's not just a story or play or fashion show," said Crawford of the 30-minute show that touches on a story in her life she has experienced and survived. "This is outreach. It's very personal."
The play follows a young woman's travails inside an abusive relationship and the way she gets out of it.
The fashions, which Crawford said have a hint of sex appeal but are for the mature woman, are tailored to each scene of the storyline.
Crawford said the actual play was cut down to 30 minutes because the event is well-attended by families with children who may have difficulty sitting through all the transitions of STRUT productions that are typically about two hours long.
In addition to the play, the STRUT event features vendors, barbecue, a Jupiter Jump, games and prizes. The fashion show starts at 6:30 p.m. Vendors and acts expected include Selah Couture Label, Mocha Butterfly Boutique, Ryders.com, Iam Jewelry, The Dance Point Team, Diamond Dance Acrobatics, Calling Dance Academy and others.
A percentage of the proceeds from this year's STRUT will go to support the Children Prophets to the Nations Children's Ministries Missionary Group - a constituency of Guatemalan women and children Selah supports and aids against domestic violence in Guatemala City.
Advance tickets to STRUT can be purchased for $15 online at tulsaworld.com/strut Tickets the day of the event are $20 for adults and $5 for children 10 years old and younger.
For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/strut
Smashbox names Tulsan among top 10 stylists
Smashbox Cosmetics recently named Tulsan Natalie Frazier, known as Natalie Nicole, as a top 10 fashion stylist in its Image Factory Contest.
The contest had three categories - photography, fashion stylists and makeup - and though Frazier's friends wondered why the hair and makeup artist by trade didn't enter the makeup category, Frazier said it was time to branch out. The 19-year-old has been invited to work as a stylist for Chicago's Fashion Week two years in a row.
Image Factory Contestants were asked to submit three photos most reflective of their work and write a small paragraph about what inspires them.
"Knowing ANYTHING is possible inspires me," Frazier writes.
The photos submitted feature her work with Tulsa fashion designer Tiara Crawford, the producer and designer behind Sunday's eighth annual STRUT Awareness Fashion Play.
Frazier said she and Crawford have spent countless nights preparing for model calls, fittings and shoots, and the hard work is paying off. She said in styling, her passion is to make others feel their best "because when you look amazing, it's an instant self-esteem boost."
Winners of the contest were flown to Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles to work on a photo shoot for PEOPLE StyleWatch.
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