AAA takes to the runway Saturday
By MARIBEL MOREY
After three consecutive years of incidents of indecent exposure, Asian Allure is taking steps this year to ensure a glitch-free performance. The show, however, will go on.
Three years ago, a topless student model covered her chest with crossed arms, mimicking a pose once coined by Janet Jackson at their annual fashion show. The next year, a ribbon covering a female student's chest fell off, leaving her breasts completely exposed.
Last year, a male participant removed his pants, exposing his thong underwear.
To guard against incidents such as these, Asian Allure will have dress rehearsals for at least the next two years in preparation for each show, according to Nancy Wong, co-president of the Asian American Association [AAA]. Any participant who adds something to the program the night of the performance that was not presented in the rehearsal will be fined.
Student Activities officials would not comment on the incidents.
Saturday's performance will have a unique twist, and Wong said participants are expecting a sold-out show.
"This year's is different because there isn't such a contrast between the modern fashion show and the cultural groups," said Monica Wisner, AAA co-president. Through comedy, the masters of ceremony will take the audience through a simulated tour of Asia.
The fashion part of the show will have the guys checking out the girls because,"that is what makes the audience cheer," Wong said.
Asian Allure was created by the AAA because, according to Wisner, "The president [of the AAA] in 1996 wanted an event to share the culture but also to do something that is modern enough to attract other people."
Asian Allure models have practiced since October, collecting props and projectors and searching for pictures of Asia.
"I haven't slept for the last few days," Wong said, noting how much time is put into the event.
According to Wong, Asian Allure was nominated last April for outstanding club program under the ethnic division at the University's second annual club recognition banquet.
The show, "The Asian Image: Mark of the Millennium," will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Washington Hall.
All News Stories for Friday, December 3, 1999