Minority Women in Leadership's Hair Show brings the circus to town

Last updated: 02/19/14 7:10pm


Come one, come all, the circus is in town!

Tightropes, clowns and magicians were featured at Minority Women in Leadership’s third annual Hair Show on Monday in the Student Center Ballroom.

The student organization recruited the top hair stylists from the Eastern Michigan University student body to show off their skills in the show. The theme was the circus, and each stylist was critiqued on creativity, make-up and the overall performance. The creativity and enthusiasm of the models helped to bring the stylist’s hair designs to life.

“MWL is a women’s empowerment organization that is founded on community service and leadership,” said EMU senior and president of the organization, Jeannica Forrest. “We have a lot of community service events throughout the year and we host different programs on campus that benefit the EMU population.”

Forrest was more than excited about the show. “It took about two months to plan the show and put everything together” she said, “and everything came along pretty well.”

Forrest explained that the idea of having a hair show was created by the founder of MWL, Dorthea
Thomas, and it was a way to make a program that women who had dreams could benefit from.

The sold out event left much to the imagination with the originality of the hair stylists.

“I love the hair show and I attend it every year,” said Adrienne Smotherman. “Luckily for me, I was able to be a model in it this year.” She helped to represent the tightrope team for the show, with the winning stylist, Ayana Sharpe.

Sharpe is an EMU junior and a first-time participant in the show.

“I started doing hair in middle school,” said Sharpe. “My mother did hair, and my godmother owned a shop so I was always around it.” Sharpe admits that it wasn’t until high school that she began to take her gift of styling hair more seriously.

“I started braiding in high school. People said ‘try a style on me,’ and then I just got it,” she said.
The pieces that she used for the show took about a week to create.
If you are interested in becoming a member of MWL, they meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 302 in the Student Center. The organization has open meetings at the beginning of each semester, and they recruit potential members at both Fajita Fest and Winter Fest.

“The meetings are open to anyone who is interested,” said Forrest. “We don’t discriminate. You can even be a male.”

MWL is a great organization for anyone interested in helping the community and making an impact on the lives of others.

Published Feb 19, 2014 in Life

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