The models who will strut their stuff at the sixth annual CrossRoadsNews Seniors/Baby Boomers Fashion Show at the Mall at Stonecrest on Oct. 13 includes octogenarians, but please don’t hold their age against them.
The 45 men and women – many from the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest – are not letting their ages hold them back.
Jan Reynolds, Icon Models & Talent founder, who is in her fifth year of coordinating and choreographing the popular fashion show, said the models believe in themselves and are not shy on the runway.
“They are well prepared,” said Reynolds, who teaches basic and advanced modeling classes at the Lou Walker Senior Center. “We have been rehearsing, and they are ready to show out.”
The show, which is featuring fashions from Stonecrest Macy’s, takes place at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage on the mall’s lower level.
Reynolds said the show will pay tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died in August.
“We will model to her music,” she said. “She made such an impact on all of us, we just wanted to honor her music.”
During a winter fashion scene, the models will also showcase boots for fall and winter.
Reynolds, the first Miss Black Missouri beauty queen in 1976, coordinates fashion shows for two CrossRoadsNews expos – the Family & Back-to-School featuring kindergarten to college students, and the Seniors/Baby Boomers. She says she loves the expo fashion shows because CrossRoadsNews Community Expos are so important to South DeKalb County.
“People come out for them,” she said. “They pull the community together, and I like to inspire people to believe in themselves regardless of their age or origin.”
On Nov. 1, Reynolds said she will open her first Icon Models & Talent Studio on the mall’s upper level across from Round 1. She will offer classes in modeling, ballet, tap, line dancing, Zumba, yoga and hip hop.
After 22 years of teaching modeling and choreographing traveling fashion shows and pageant courses for men and women ages 3 to 80, she said it is time to have a permanent location. She picked South DeKalb because she loves the area.
“A lot of my models are from the area,” she said. “I love the people. They know me and I know them.”
Reynolds lives in Conyers, but when she first relocated to Atlanta in 1991, Decatur was home.
The Nov. 1 grand opening takes place noon to 4.
“People can come in and see what we offer and sign up for classes,” she said.
For more information, contact Jan Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-837-7587.
Reynolds is also seeking contestants for:
- Ms. America Plus Pageant, ages 5 to 80
- Ms. America Senior Pageant, age 50 and up
- Miss America Teen Pageant, ages 13 to 18
- Miss America Princess Pageant, ages infant to 12
- Ms. America Diva Pageant, ages 25 to 49
The Mall at Stonecrest is at Turner Hill Road and I-20.