HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss Athletics put on its first Fashion Show Monday evening at the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom as part of the Golden Eagle Success Series to help Southern Miss student-athletes transition from the classroom to the boardroom.
Presented by Belk and part of the Southern Miss Athletics Student Development and Life Skills program, designed to provide life lessons for student-athletes as they head out into the working world, the fashion show provided tips on how to dress for job interviews as well as for other company and business situations.
Tracey Jones, a representative of Belk and the wife of Senior Associate Director of Athletics of External Affairs Brent Jones, assisted with the event that was the brainchild of Golden Eagle Senior Associate Director of Athletics of Olympic Sports / Senior Woman Administrator Sonya Varnell.
"First and foremost, I want to thank our partners, Belk and Tracey Styers Jones for her expertise and providing all the beautiful clothes and make-up for the fashion show," said Varnell. "As part of our student development and life skills programming, this was the first in our Golden Eagle Career Success Series. The fashion show provided our student-athletes, especially the juniors and seniors, the opportunity to learn the appropriate way to dress in a professional or business environment as they prepare to transition to the next phase of their career outside of athletics. Also, thank you to all the student-athletes who modeled in the show and Brent Jones and our marketing staff."
The one-hour program featured tips on different types of dress, as well as fashion tips, including the dos and don'ts of what to wear, and members of the SAAC displaying different outfits on the runway.
"It was an exciting opportunity to be part of this collaborative effort to educate these student-athletes about to importance of dressing well for interviews," said Tracey Jones, a Human Resources Assistant at Belk. "Everyone had a great time with this exciting event and had a lot of takeaways that will benefit them in the future with job interviews."
In the end, it was the student-athletes that helped put on the event to provide help and assistance as they get ready for their professional careers.
"It was neat to see all of the different styles you could piece together for different situations," softball player Jillian Johnson said of the event. "That was a fun experience I learned a lot from."