Fashionistas with Down syndrome are encouraged to audition for a spot in the fashion show of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s (Global) Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala, a high-style fundraiser with celebrities and members of Congress taking place in D.C. on May 7 that is designed to raise awareness about this chromosomal disorder that affects one in 691 babies.
Auditions for the gala take place on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School located at 7130 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. Auditions are open to individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities who are seven years old and older.
No experience is necessary. Models are encouraged to wear nice clothes for this fun event. A practice session will precede the auditions. A panel of judges will pick the models for the May 7th gala. Selected models must be able to make several required time commitments, including a clothes fitting and a rehearsal on the day of the gala. To register for the auditions or learn more, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org. Auditioning does not guarantee a spot in the gala.
Down syndrome is the most frequent chromosomal disorder affecting an estimated 400,000 Americans, but is the least funded genetic condition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securing an infinitesimal part of NIH’s annual budget. Global is focused on raising funds and educating the public and leaders about the discrepancy in research funding for the condition, as well as the abilities and achievements of those who happen to have Down syndrome.