For a local mall in California it was quite a surprise to see actress Christina Cooper step on stage to host the show. The South Bay Pavilion Mall in Carson City opened its doors and runway to the Tamea Scales’ Shopping Center Fashion Experience for the second year, an initiative that launches talents and brings fashion shows to local communities.
Cooper presented the new styles of the season on a green runway that matched her dress and efforts to bring peace close to a community where she once grew up. The actress has been giving back lately by also speaking and coaching at Runway for Peace, a non-profit in Compton.
“The show was amazing, the kids were super adorable,” said Cooper. “It’s inspiring the youth to do more creative things and see themselves as beautiful human beings.”
Patiently on the steps that lead to the runway and among the wave of models waiting for their turn to walk stood celebrity stylist Tamea Scales. Her partnership with the mall heightens the spirit of the South Bay community by bringing her Hollywood expertise to the local fashion runways. Models of all ages with dreams to enter the entertainment industry or just have fun, bloomed into stars for one evening. Only feet away their smile reflected in families’ eyes.
“I took natural, earthy tones and added pops of your favorite spring colors and patterns: teals, pinks, different shades of purples and greens along with the season staple, the spring floral prints,” said Scales.
“It was my first time meeting Tamea Scales at this event and let me tell you her energy is amazing. What she’s doing with this whole event and at the South Bay Mall it’s super inspiring and it inspires me to give back to the community more,” added Copper.
The actress also announced the debut of quite a few projects. She just finished filming for the Netlifx series Dear White People and booked a new role on tv show Lover’s Life. Additionally, she directed, wrote and produced her first movie called Loyalty filmed in South Central Los Angeles that follows the struggle of a growing up as a young African-American male. Alongside stars Romeo Miller and Karreuche Tran, she will also be starring in the movie Never Heard that is set to premiere in July.
After the show, Cooper embraced the community wholeheartedly by signing autographs, taking pictures and giving advice to those that wish to follow in her footsteps. Above the runway’s blooming florals, she shared her own inspiration to start a non-profit for the youth in South Central, a place where she has also seen many people lose their lives.
“I want to keep the youth doing creative and fun things and let them know that they can be whatever they want to be, and that they’re not trapped.”
Photography by STANLEY TRAN