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Chicago-based magazine “Vibrant” called on Regency students to create runway looks.

Student JoJo G.works on a model's hair and makeup.

Student JoJo G.works on a model’s hair and makeup.

Students at the Regency Beauty Institute in Darien, IL, didn’t have to wait until they graduated to gain experience in the world of editorial runway.

In September, 11 students volunteered to complete hair and makeup looks for models walking in the first “Style Hard and Vibe Free for Fashion” runway show hosted by Vibrant Magazine.

Student Kristi B. knew she wanted to get involved right away. “It sounded like such a fun time, and it was a great experience.”

The Chicago-publication was inspired to found the show to give exposure to up-and-coming runway designers.

“I was so proud and impressed with all of our students,” said campus manager Lindsey F. “They hit the ground running as soon as we got there.”

The students had only two hours to finish looks for 20 models, but Lindsey said they accomplished it with ease. “Everyone was so creative and supportive of one another.  Needless to say the final looks were amazing!”

During the hustle and bustle of the show, educators walked around and helped advise students to create wow-worthy runway looks.

Kristi styled one model’s hair and completed makeup for another including smoky eyes and red lips.

Student Kristi B. styles a bun for a model walking in the show.

Student Kristi B. styles a bun for a model walking in the show.

She said, ultimately, the experience gave her more confidence.

“I had never been to a fashion show before. It showed me the endless opportunities I have within this career.” – Kristi

One student even had the honor of prepping celebrity host and actor Mel Jackson, who has appeared in films “Soul Food” and “The Temptations” among others.

After the show, the students received rave reviews from Vibrant editor Donielle Monique, who recognized them as both friendly and professional.

“You were really excited to see your model even though no one else knew that you created that look,” Kristi said. “Everyone would clap for them, and it just made you feel really good.”

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