It’s Good to be Vain

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2010) – Fashion at its apex will be on display this week as more than 20 models grace the Cats Den stage to show off their beauty, elegance, style and grace. Scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Cats Den at the University of Kentucky Student Center, "Vanity," is open to faculty, staff and students.

The pageant has grown steadily since its inception two years ago. Unlike other pageants, Vanity has a contemporary Christian feel with its music selection and overall appeal. Although practicing inclusion, it is made known from the beginning of each show that one of their missions is to exemplify strong Christian morals through their music and clothing style.


The organization was started two years ago by founders Shenneka Nwachukwu and Jeremy Ridgeway. Their aim was to create a student-based fashion group that welcomed all people, no matter what their racial or cultural background.

"Vanity is a student based modeling troupe here at the University of Kentucky," said Ridgeway. "Since the first show (in fall 2008) Vanity has become widely respected by the evolving fashion community of Lexington."

The theme this year consists of fashion from the 1988 comedy "Coming To America," starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Ridgeway wanted to point out that whether your faith is in line with theirs or not, it's important that all diverse cultures representing UK come out and support one another.

“There is room for everyone in Vanity, so please come out and enjoy the show,” said Rideway.

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