15 Apr 2013
- Written by Deidra Shores/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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iTEEN REPORT: Many people think that teens only think about themselves. Well, I'd like those people to meet one teen that doesn't fit that description at all.
Angel Ray is a 17-year-old Southwind High School student with a heart to help others. Recently, Angel hosted a fashion show in the Hickory Ridge Mall that featured several teen models. Designed to motivate youth through something positive, the fashion show was also to benefit the community. The proceeds from the show went to the Memphis Family Shelter.
Angel says she wanted to do an event to help a charity that wasn't widely known and doesn't get as much recognition as some of the more popular events. After locking in on the idea, the next step was finding sponsors for clothes, food and decorations. One of her sponsors was Belle of the Ball Consignment, which provided several of their dresses for the fashion show's prom sequence.
Not only is Angel a supporter of her community, she also is a teen author. She wrote "Some Parents Just Don't Understand," which is about real teen issues and dealing with parents. Angel says that being a teenager she knows how hard it can be to get adults to listen and understand you.
"Some Parents Just Don't Understand" is full of real life stories about Angel's friends and the problems they face as teenagers. She figured that if her friends couldn't get their parents to listen, then a book definitely would. The book's purpose is to open the eyes of parents and build a better line of communication between them and their kids.
Angel writes that teens dealing with parents who may not want to listen have to make them listen. Her book, she says, makes it easier for the parents to do that by showing them how their kids feel.
Throughout Angel's journey of writing her book and hosting events for charity, her mother, Beverly Anderson, has been one of her biggest supporters. Her aunt and younger cousin lend big support by promoting her events and getting the word out about the positive things she does.
Angel says she's not sure where she sees the "Angel Ray" brand in 5 years, but she knows she wants to continue to host positive events to help others. She also has more books planned, with the next one due out this summer.
Congratulations to Angel Ray and to all the teens that showed fashion is fun and can serve more than one purpose.