This blog post was written as part of my spring internship at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis and was originally published here.
That was the theme of the Sophia’s Bridal Confidence Conquers Fashion Show, a partnership between local boutique Sophia’s Bridal Tux and Prom and the Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) Program. For the past two years, the YWIL girls have spent an afternoon at the store getting to know the staff members, trying on dresses, and getting their makeup done. The event culminates in a fashion show, where the girls choose their two favorite dresses and give the runway their best strut.
“It is much more than showing off dresses,” says Mackenzie Pickerrell, the Director of Programs at Girls Inc., “The girls were encouraged to find their confidence and show it off during the show.”
Prior to putting on any gowns, the ten girls who attended had the opportunity to chat with some of the Sophia’s staff, including the Bridal manager and the prom manager, about their careers. A lot of different skill sets are required for a bridal boutique to run smoothly. The YWIL girls were able to gain a better understanding of all the hard work that goes into making events like this fashion show happen. Jessica, the owner of Sophia’s, also shared her journey to become a successful business owner and entrepreneur with the girls.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis would like to extend a huge thank you to Sophia’s Bridal and Prom for hosting this event, where all proceeds benefited our programs to empower girls. Additionally, the staff at Sophia’s was gracious enough to donate a dress to one lucky YWIL girl!