BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Aspiring cosmetologists and students at Aveda Institute-Baton Rouge hit the runway on Sunday for an opportunity to win a variety of prizes.
The annual event is called the Catwalk for Water Fashion Show. It aims to promote clean water awareness by featuring looks that blend with sustainability. To enter, the contestants were told to create fashion designs using only recycled materials. Some of the wardrobes and accents were made from newspaper, plastic bags, water bottles and aluminum cans.
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Fourteen incoming students at Aveda Institute-Baton Rouge competed for a full scholarship worth $22,000. This year's winner was Virginia Paz, a Walker High School alumna. Her model donned a Quinceanera gown made of newspaper, plastic bags and water bottle caps. She said she got the inspiration for the design from her family's traditional 15th birthday celebrations in El Salvador.
All the contestants received a $1,000 scholarship for their participation. Eight current students competed in a second fashion show for a variety of prize packages including hair tools, products and a mannequin.
The Water Warriors Fashion Show winner was Jessica Halbert and Nikola Sikalis. The runner up was Latanya Polk-Barber.
9News Anchor and Investigative Reporter Cheryl Mercedes was one of four judges who served on the panel.