S.O.S. Students On Styling By Lauren Brown

Students On Styling, or S.O.S. for short, aims to help college and high school students boost their image and self esteem by teaching them about fashion, beauty, and hygiene.

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The organization was born when executive director Lora Brooks was visiting her old high school, where it seemed the students didn’t really care about their appearance. Ms. Brooks thought the students needed to be taught how to dress appropriately, so she began spreading the word about the “Simplicity of Styling”. She teaches students how to improve how they look and how they feel about themselves in workshops that include Skincare 101, Bodycare 101, Hairstyles 101, Makeup 101, and The Eight Classic Pieces in a School Diva or Dude’s Closet.

S.O.S. workshops are absolutely free for students. These workshops can include trips to beauty and fashion events, free prom dresses, makeovers, and help with fashion shows and the media and press. The first 100 people to attend a workshop get a gift bag stuffed with products from Teen Vogue and H&M, Dunkin Donuts and McDonald’s gift cards and coupons, and S.O.S lip products. That’s right, S.O.S also has their own line of gorgeous lip products.

Before starting S.O.S., Ms. Brooks had plenty of experience in the beauty and fashion industry. She was a model for twelve years and has been a makeup artist for Victoria’s Secret for seven years. She has worked with Ikon Modeling Agency and Fresh New Faces in NYC, and was a PT instructor at the Barbizon School of Modeling, teaching pre-teens everything from how to dress and how to put on makeup, to walking the runway and modeling in commercials.

Ms. Brooks definitely knows what she is doing when it comes to image and putting your best self forward. With a resume like hers, why wouldn’t you take her advice? She says she keeps it simple with her makeup and clothing style, and you would never believe that she is going on 60 years old. People even think her son is her boyfriend! “I truly believe in keeping it simple in everything in life,” Ms. Brooks says. “That way you will always be current and not overdo it!”

 

If you’re interested in Students on Styling and want to attend a workshop or host a fashion show at your school, email Ms. Lora Brooks at sosbrooks522@gmail.com.

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  1. September 17, 2014

    Great job Lora. Its always great to see professionals like yourself who are dedicated to students getting more exposure. Great organization, great people and great work as always.

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