Illamasqua, West Thames Team Up at Grad Show

Illamasqua, West Thames Team Up at Grad Show
Julia Townend (second from left) with the Illamasqua team.
Photo courtesy of West Thames College 

Posted: Monday October 18, 2010

London’s West Thames College graduate theater show this spring was more than just a cap-and-gown affair. The Illamasqua cosmetics team—Alex Box, Spob, Alex Cummins, Rosa Sibaja and Adam Sidwell—made a special appearance at the make-up school to watch the show and present three make-up awards to students, said school administrator Julia Townend. The show also benefited the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity designed to foster greater public acceptance of individual expression. (It was formed by Lancaster’s mother, Sylvia, after Sophie was killed by a gang for dressing in goth fashions.)
    
"The charity was adopted by Illlamasqua, as they feel it supports their beliefs about each individual wearing their make-up in any style they choose," Townend said. "They sell a black eye pencil in memory of Sophie and they sell the Sophie black wristbands on all their make-up counters and all proceeds are donated to the charity."
    
Townend said the college has also adopted the charity—it raised £300 at the show from audience donations and plans to sell the black wristbands at future shows. "At West Thames College we have a diverse selection of students and I felt this charity fits in with our values," Townend said.

 

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