The nonprofit Windows of Opportunity Inc. - The Barbara Harmon Institute, better known as WOO, aims to create a shift in what is possible for youth in terms of leadership, self-esteem, school performance, career planning and empowerment. Through WOO’s Shortstack program, models learn to embrace their body image as well as learn about modeling and fashion. The program is completely teen-driven.
WOO has worked with over 176,000 teens and Shortstack’s Charity Fashion Show helps to raise the funds to continue running WOO’s programs.
The fashion show had a boost from brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Operation Prom, Peace of Cloth and House of Correia, who all provided the models with beautiful clothes to strut with.
Diversity never looked so good. The models were all shapes and backgrounds. Shortstack’s only male model, Edgar Ramales, made an appearance in one of the segments.
“If you were to say that every agency has a heartbeat, then Shortstack is our heartbeat,” said Hal Eisenberg, executive director of WOO, Inc, who was awarded WOO’s Humanitarian and The Unsung Hero Award. “It has given WOO life, it inspired the birth of other programs, led the way to the success of many young ladies, and taught me to believe that the vision I had for WOO could actually be obtained.”
“To be a part of Shortstack and to see its growth and impact, truly makes it a ‘model’ program, pun intended,” he added.