Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show (GUCFS) is a student-run campaign in its second year of running. The aim is to use the fashion show to raise funds for different charities. Last year’s charity was the Beatson Pebble Appeal and this year the fashion show will be in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s a fantastic event which combines an amazing cause with an excellent night out.
A few weeks ago I headed over to GUCFS’s first shoot of the academic year. The models would be meeting us and getting ready in the John McIntyre building so I headed over there to have a chat. When I arrived I was met by a few members of the team and some models who were as cheery as was possible for 10am on a Sunday!
First I spoke with Suzy Richardson, who’s involved with model management for this year’s fashion show. She told me it was really hard to choose models because there were so many strong candidates, but that they were really pleased with the models they selected this year. The room was buzzing with nerves and excitement.
When interviewing a few models I realised that many, such as Harvey Diamond and Toke Joseph, have never modelled before and were very new to the experience. It was clear they were nervous and both were worried that they’d be too awkward for the shoot. We chatted mainly about how hard it was to find the perfect selfie lighting and how they found it hard to take the perfect picture. It was surreal hearing how nervous they were and then seeing how professional their final shoots were.
Everyone was incredibly excited for the launch party the following week and it did not disappoint. It was held at the recently refurbished St Luke’s venue on Bain Street. The venue itself was amazing, and being handed a free cocktail on the way in certainly sweetened the deal! The whole night was fantastic, really redefining the term ‘unleashed’. It will be exciting see what else GUCFS have in store for us.
[Chloe Erin Tobin-Kemmer]