'Peace in the City' Fights Violence with Fashion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The glitz and glamour of a fashion show is a stark difference from the fear and frustration of a growing list of homicides. 

One model taking the stage at the first ever "Peace in the City Fashion Show" knows both sides. 

Model Charmaine Cook-Johnson knows the violence in Little Rock too well. 

"I'm trying to do something positive after losing something so precious to me," she said. 

Her younger brother,  24 year old Troy Langston was killed on February 12, 2017. 

The gunman has not been caught. 

"My brother would be happy seeing me do something that I love in the remembrance of him," Cook-Johnson said. 

About a dozen models hit the runway Sunday night, with style on their backs and hope in their hearts. 

"Some of them have never modeled before but the idea of giving back to families kind of grabbed their attention," Ayunna Collins, the founder of Peace in the City said. 

It's for victims families like Charmaine's that inspired Collins to start the event. 

"She was really my whole push and go," Collins said. 

But Charmaine says this catwalk community is what's taken her from a dark place to one in the spotlight. 

"It takes me away from being sad and angry. I don't have time to get angry if I'm walking down a runway,"  

And with every pose, every turn and every step, Charmaine hopes it's in the right direction. 

"As quickly as negative, or gossip spreads, I hope peace spreads like that." 

All proceeds from ticket sales Sunday will be given to victims families. 

Collins says she plans to make this an annual event. 
 


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