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Teen fashion and health camp

Terry Lee Smith ( Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The “ins and outs” of the fashion world, the importance of body language, and the benefits of a healthy body are just a few of the things that children can learn at a new summer camp.

Its producer and co-ordinator, Terry Smith, will be using his personal experience to continue his work with young people, building up their confidence and morale. Tee’Ls Fashion#Health#Etiquette Camp 2017 is geared towards boys and girls between the age of 12-15 who want to get first-hand experience on the various aspects of the fashion, health, and etiquette world.

As a former Model of the Year recipient, he is inviting all those who have an interest in fashion to attend the camp. Campers will learn not only about the make-up and modelling aspects, but the production side of the fashion industry. “Fashion is very positive. It’s fun for most people,” Mr Smith said. “Fashion should be a part of your style and who you are. Your style should be able to inspire people and inspire yourself. You just need to be comfortable in who you are. People will see that and feel that.”

The camp will focus on health, dedicating 20 minutes of the day to exercise. And they will also need to follow a water-only policy.

The etiquette aspect of the camp is new, Mr Smith explained. He believes that etiquette is “very important” as in today’s culture “everything’s very broken, very fallen- over in terms of posture”.

The children will learn more than just how to sit properly and stand up straight. They’ll be studying body language, learning how to project their voices and how to “make that first impression when waiting to be interviewed”.

Mr Smith is welcoming boys who want to be a part of the fashion world. Although some may choose not to model, there’s also the production side, the cinematography, the building of props, the creating of locations, or just simple wardrobe.

“There’s many more things to do, not just the actual catwalk,” he explained. “And for those who want to do catwalk, it’s open to them in a very comfortable setting. Nobody’s judging. I think young people today are very open-minded and less judgmental when it comes to people who are artistically inclined or favour nontraditional careers”.

The camp, said Mr Smith, would give young people an opportunity to realise “who they are and see themselves in a new light.” He plans on having participants introduce themselves at the beginning and near the end of the camp, and filming it so that they can see the transformation in the way they speak and present themselves.

“It’ll be tremendous and they’re going to see that.”

Those in the camp will also interview special guests, including officers from the Department of Health who will speak about the importance of health, diet and exercise; an education officer from Consumer Affairs who will teach about their rights as a consumer; former models such as Sheila Ming and Danilee Trott, the executive producer of the Bermuda Fashion Festival, who will bring other models along to speak, as well as local make-up artists. The camp will consist of two parts, during which participants will produce two different events.

One will be an Old-Fashion Tea for Seniors, featuring those who were celebrated as past Cup Match heroes. That will take place at the Clyde “Bunny” Best and Alma “Champ” Hunt Trophy Room at Somerset Cricket Club.

The campers will organise the tea and food, decorate the room, and “turn one location into another”.

The second event will be a Mr and Miss Fashion#Health#Etiquette Camp 2017 pageant, which will take place on September 2 at 7pm.

As a producer for the Miss Teen Bermuda, Miss Big and Beautiful and Miss Bermuda pageants, Mr Smith will use his experience to teach the campers how to put on a successful production, and about being a contestant. The teens will work together to transform the Somerset Cricket Club patio “for the first time in over 60 years”, said Mr Smith.

The first event will take place from Monday, July 3 to Wednesday, July 24 while the second event will be from Monday, July 31 to Friday, September 1. They will run from Monday to Thursday and the campers will meet at Somerset Cricket Club from 10am to 3.30pm.

On Fridays, the campers will be given the opportunity to work at a local business. Campers can choose to come for both parts of the camp, or just one.

“No two days will be alike,” said Mr Smith. “Campers will always have a new project.”

The camp will cost $100 per week. For any boys who wish to attend, but feel that they can’t afford it, there is an anonymous individual who is willing to sponsor them.

Registration forms can be found at Kim Kitas across from the Dame Lois-Browne Evans Building.