Thursday, May 7, 2009

Toccara Hosts Beauty By Design at OSU

Ruffles, flowers, lace and leather with a touch of culture marked the designs at this year's Beauty By Design fashion show for the 31st annual African American Heritage Festival on April 30 in Campbell Hall.

It was the first fashion show of the week-long festival, and it fit perfectly with the theme "Uzuri," which means "beauty," said Kristen Edwards, a Beauty By Design committee member and sophomore in communication technology.

Edwards said that other than the eye-catching designs and confident models, the highlight of the show was its host, Toccara Jones, who is most famously known as a contestant from the third season of the popular television series "America's Next Top Model."

Jones, who is a Dayton native, appeared fashionably late but was met with a standing ovation from the crowd. Her appearance cost the Heritage Festival committee more than $4,000, and she worked to give the crowd every penny's worth.

Her sassy humor and lively personality kept people engaged as they waited for each model to come out.

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