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Modeling for literacy

Junior League's American Girl fashion show raises money for national organization

Avery Daggett,8, reads with the McKenna doll. Daggett will also be walking the runway as Marie Grace.

Avery Daggett,8, reads with the McKenna doll. Daggett will also be walking the runway as Marie Grace.

“It’s not a beauty pageant. American Girl only sends clothing in a certain size,” said Daggett.

Models are dressed identical to a certain doll. As they walk down the runway, an announcer says a few words about the doll and time period.

“It’s a fantastic way to help children get involved in supporting the community. The children who go are directly supporting the younger children who receive the books through our literacy project,” said Beauchamp.

“It’s a history lesson, why clothes look like that, it all ties in,” said Daggett.

Avery will transform into Marie Grace, one half of a best friend duo from New Orleans during the 1850s.

“I have her as a doll at home. She wears a pink dress and a scarf over the dress,” said Avery.

Beauchamp said the fashion show has grown over the years. New this year is a birthday party option and a special Brownie and Girl Scout troop option.

“It’s a fantastic way to help children get involved in supporting the community. The children who go are directly supporting the younger children who receive the books through our literacy project,” said Beauchamp.

A fashion show for children also helps spread the message.

“Fundraiser fashion shows are usually grown up ladies doing glamorous things. This is kind of the opposite; it’s little girls doing little girl things. They’re playing with dolls and doing dress up,” said Beauchamp.

There are four shows over the weekend. On Friday at 6:30 p.m. is a slumber party, brunch is Saturday at 11 a.m., an ice cream social is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. is date night.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.juniorleaguealbany.org.

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