Jon E. Garrett
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August 26, 2012

UPDATED – Fashion show with edge to raise money for SafePlace



With the Bad Ass Fashion Show benefiting SafePlace only days away I took the time to talk to event organizer Everett Christopher of about the unique event, how it will benefit the Austin program that strives to end sexual and domestic violence and what attendees can expect from it.



What’s the difference between a Bad Ass Fashion Show and a regular fashion show?: Traditionally fashion shows discourage tattoos. We encourage it and hope to showcase that kind of individual. 

Howe did the show come together?: I conceptualized it and then started booking models, makeup, hair talent and other sponsors. SHi Productions has always partnered with us ( on fashion shows so she (Shi Productions owner Shyra Brown) and Bo Paschall also jumped on board to help tighten the screws on the backend part of the show: the fittings, the model management, and they will also run the back-end of the show on the day of the event, basically coordinating models and overseeing operations and making sure timelines are adhered to.

So It is safe to say you will be wearing a lot of hats at this event?: I will oversee everything including back-end and the front end of the show. As I stated: I conceptualized it, photographed the models for the flyer, created the flyer, creating the online promotional campaign and will co-host the show.

How did SafePlace come into the picture?: I can’t think of any better organization to give money to other than one which provides support to battered women and children. I have a 5-year-old and I don’t know what I’d do if he was harmed in some way by anyone. We’re hoping [to raise] $1,000.

What should attendees expect to see in the main fashion show?: There are more than 16 models [that will be strutting their stuff], the designers are, 313 Inc. and Cindie’s Lingerie.


 Bad Ass Fashion Show Sunday at Dirty Dog

Like your fashion with an edge? Then the Bad Ass Fashion Show may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Presented by Unreal 360 and located in the Live Music Capital of the World, the September 2 event at Austin’s Dirty Dog Bar is described by the organizers as “a fashion show dedicated to and showcasing Austin’s hottest girls with attitude, tattoos, piercings…or all of the above.”

It is also devoted to raising money for SafePlace – an Austin-based nonprofit that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence.

Doors are scheduled to open at 9 p.m. with local bands Exit the Sun and Kennedy kicking off the festivities before the models take the stage at midnight.

Austin club scene fixture DJ Tetsuo will keep the party going on into the wee hours with his signature style, self-described as a high-energy collage of fusion rock, hip-hop, dance house and breakbeat.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at for $10. For more information about the event check click here.

 Domestic violence statistics in 2011

  • 12,843 Domestic violence calls the SafePlace hotline received
  • 60,000 Austinites experiencing violence at the hands of an intimate partner at any given time
  • One in three Teens in Austin report they have a friend in an abusive relationship
  • 1,290 Calls to the SafePlace hotline related to sexual assault and rape
  • 816 Number of rapes and sexual assaults reported to the Austin Police Department
  • 20–40 Percentage of rapes and sexual assaults that get reported in the U.S.
  • One in seven Teens in Austin physically hurt or threatened by a dating partner
  • 1 million+ Texans who are currently in an abusive relationship (5.9 percent of state population)

Source: SafePlace, 2011 data



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