WOW!

THESE. GIRLS. ROCK.  Last night, JDP had our second model event.  Our models gathered at the studio with the donations they had collected for Dress for Success Erie over the last month.  We knew this model team was different from any other we'd had, but we had NO CLUE just how hard they would work to step up and make their community better.  Can you even imagine what these girls will be accomplishing in the next few years?

This isn't even HALF of the donations!

This isn't even HALF of the donations!

Dress for Success allows women in the community a chance to start over, and to get back into the workforce fully prepared to succeed.  They are mainly known for outfitting women with professional outfits, but also offer job training, counseling, and much more.  Our girls were of course collecting these donations because they're amazing and want to see our community get stronger, but we also had some incentive for the girls with the three heaviest donations: a fashion shoot for NYC lifestyle brand Millioneiress.  These images will be featured on Millioneiress's social media and website!  

Our first model to arrive, Lauren, brought two full carloads of donations!  Her haul alone filled the Dress for Success van!  Another model, Becca, brought in a box of shampoo weighing 42 pounds, along with a TON of other donations!  All of our models did an amazing job, filling our hallways and the DFS van to the brim! 

Abby Heasley's donations weighed 105 pounds!

Abby Heasley's donations weighed 105 pounds!

In total, the JDP Models donated 1, 449.2 pounds of clothing, accessories, and personal care items for Dress for Success Erie! That's four FULL vanloads for the organization.  This is absolutely ASTOUNDING for 13 high school girls to accomplish, and shows that these ladies are willing to take the time and effort to invest in their community in order to make it better for themselves and others.  Being able to say that about these girls proves so many stereotypes about high school girls, and the current generation wrong!  I cannot wait to see what else these girls will accomplish as they get to know each other better and get closer as a team. 

JDP Fresh models Lauren Reckner (648.2 lbs), Becca Hanes (129 lbs), and Madi Stoops (115 lbs) will be starting in the Millioneiress shoot in March.  I can't stress enough how incredibly excited I am to have such a great model team and intern team.  Please check out Dress for Success's website and consider them for donations of clothing and care items.  I can't even tell you how many lives these girls impacted tonight.  By taking the time to collect donations, they're telling the women of Erie that they are worth effort, worth working for, and worth caring about.  How's that for girl power?

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