Beauty TherapyLeft to right, Beauty Therapy students Tudey Mckoy, Sophia Ennon, Kasturi Tandel and Sanya Krasteva, and Tiyana Chitolie, inset, took part in the Alternative Clothes Show.

A group of Beauty students provided the make-up to volunteer models of all ages at a fashion show with a difference.

Sanya Krasteva, Sophia Ennon, Tudey McKoy, Kasturi Tandel, and Tiyana Chitolie, who are all studying a Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL), took part in the Alternative Clothes Show.

The event has been run by environmental group Transition Crouch End and Hornsea Vale Community Centre since 2013 and aims to raise awareness of the hidden human and environmental cost of the mainstream clothing industry.

Sanya, 33, said: “I want to be a make-up professional. For me it’s not just work, it’s an art. The show was a big chance to practice on different skin types and we had to do it very quickly, which was quite challenging.”

Sophia, 28, added: “I love making people look beautiful. I’m really enjoying the course at CONEL. It’s giving me everything I need to do this as a job.”

The show, which took place on 25 March, promoted a wide range of clothing that was sustainably sourced, ethically produced and non-polluting, including some items made by those who attended.

It was attended by Catherine West MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, and included stands from anti-clothing waste charity TRAID and global poverty charity War on Want.

The highlight of the event was a Real People Catwalk where the models were made up of people living in and around Crouch End, and who ranged in age from 16 to over 60.

They received catwalk training during a rehearsal before taking to the runway and wearing various alternative clothes, including some they had made or upcycled themselves.

Beauty 2Beauty Therapy student Sanya Krasteva at CONEL.

Alternative Clothes Show organiser Tilly Williams thanked the students and Debra Pluthero, Lecturer in Beauty Therapy, for their hard work and support of the event.

“We were very grateful to have the CONEL beauty students take part in the rehearsal and on the night,” she said.

“The students worked alongside the hairstylist and appeared very professional at all times. They were enthusiastic, flexible and willing to work with all the models, who were a group with a very wide age range.

“The input from the CONEL students was much appreciated by the models.  They worked hard to ensure everyone looked their best, had make-up which suited them and also complimented their outfits, helping everybody feel special.”

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