‘This Is Me’ special needs fashion show in Flint looks to inspire hundreds

‘This Is Me’ special needs fashion show in Flint looks to inspire hundreds

FLINT, MI — “This Is Me” is again and its even bigger than at any time.

In its fourth yr, the manner exhibit that includes otherwise-abled types will choose place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Capitol Theatre, positioned at 1241 E. Kearsley St., in downtown Flint.

“We have so quite a few new faces (and) so several new chances and sources. We’re so enthusiastic,” Tracy Palmer, the event’s creator and owner of Trendsetter Productions, instructed MLive-The Flint Journal. “We developed this as a protected haven and a place for them to be absolutely free, to not be judged by what ever their disability might be, whether or not that is spina bifida, autism, listening to impaired, Down syndrome or paraplegic.

“They are able of carrying out everything they want to do in this life, and which is the area we build — a area with no restrictions to permit them to be any person they want to be.”

In 2018, Palmer was approached by Charise Important-Gray at 1 of her style reveals towards bullying.

Crucial-Gray assumed her son Emari Suggs and his like of trendy socks would do nicely on the runway.

Impressed by the conversation, Palmer established out to give a system to men and women who have unique requires and a spotlight to do anything that they are additional than capable of doing.

The exhibit will element 23 participants and households this year.

There will be 4 sets of individuals that will walk the runway. A few of the sets will attribute area designers’ traces and garments.

The fourth, which will start off the present off, is a persona established that permits contributors to demonstrate themselves off in the apparel that will make them most relaxed, bringing out their most effective and sensation themselves.


Palmer claimed this set is her favorite mainly because they have on the smiles just as bright as their outfit options, which consist of superheroes, unicorns and some common manner.

Songs will engage in with every single set and have a tone that will ring genuine to the audience with a message, she said.

“It pretty much adjustments life,” Palmer reported. “From the family members, to the volunteers, the designers and most surely the members, it is daily life-altering. It provides you a different perspective. You’re no lengthier on the outside on the lookout in, but now you’re a aspect of what’s taking place. And you are a aspect of enabling individuals to be and sense cost-free.

“I like this for so numerous explanations, but one big a person is the interactions we make that are at any time-long lasting. The contributors look forward to this every calendar year, and now these family members link year-round and even go on trip alongside one another. They are learning jointly. They are dealing with daily life jointly now, and encouraging a person a further, on the great days and even the lousy times. It’s amazing to see.”

Past yr, the present drew about 325 people today in the audience, and Palmer hopes to see that number double this calendar year.

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Palmer explained a person of the event’s most important supporters is the Autism Guidance and Useful resource Middle in Flint, and she is so grateful for the courses the firm presents for participants’ family members throughout the year.

Tickets are $21 every single and sold on the internet via The Whiting or The Capitol Theatre. Tickets will also be marketed at the door. The occasion is expected to last somewhere around two several hours.

“I want the group to arrive out and aid and eventually learn a person massive lesson — to be type,” Palmer claimed. “It’s Alright to talk to questions, but be type. We need to never choose a ebook by its deal with, and you will quickly come across that these participants are incredible, every with their individual skills and qualities they deliver to this world.”

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