Stephens senior Allison Leonard is trying to help women. Help them mind, body and soul.
Leonard is a fashion communications major at Stephens. Her senior capstone, titled “Live in the Light,” is more about others than herself.
“I decided to use my love of journalism, event planning and fashion.” Leonard said.
Leonard’s project is geared toward helping women who have gone through domestic violence and tough life events. She got the idea from attending a bible study Ladies Night Out. This bible study is part of a nationwide nonprofit organization, Love Inc. Once she started going, Leonard was hooked. She found inspiration from these women she was meeting.
This group is the inspiration for Live in the Light. The event is about celebrating, pampering and recognizing women who have been through so much. Coordinator of Ladies Night Out, Verna Harris-Leboy said this event will help the women recognize that they are important.
“They are beginning to understand their stories are valuable,” Leboy said. “They are amazing women, life has not been kind to them.”
The women will be getting the works: manicures, hair styling, makeup and fashion styling. It’s all in order to build up the women’s self esteem and to let them know they are important, even though life hasn’t always been easy.
“I feel honored to pamper them for a day,” Leonard said.
After an afternoon of pampering the women will strut their stuff down a runway in a fashion show during which they will share their stories for the first time in public. Leonard said that she was more focused the whole time on the women rather than turning out something for a grade.
“These women are so brave,” Leonard said. “They are such a gift. I feel very blessed to know them.”
Leonard has been interested in helping abused women since she was 15 and wanted to do the “purse project” which gives purses and items to women to help get them back up on their feet. She hopes to one day maybe even start her own women’s shelter.
Live in the Light takes place Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Historic Senior Hall on the Stephens campus.