Design by Noelle Stransky / AS Publicity Center

Design by Noelle Stransky / AS Publicity Center

Anna Ellermeier/The AS Review

This Friday and Sunday students and community members will have the chance to attend a fashion show unlike any other.

The Naked Truth on Stereotypes, which will begin at 7 p.m. both nights in the VU Multipurpose Room, is a “transnational, anti-racist, -sexist, -classist, -elitist, -heterosexist, -ethnocentric, -xenophobic, -patriarchy ‘Fashion Show,’” according to the AS Women’s Center Coordinator Devin Majkut.

The AS Women’s Center, along with the AS Ethnic Student Center and the AS Social Issues Resource Center, is sponsoring this original theater production.

The performance is broken up into three segments, with the first two segments being sets of monologues and the last being a question and answer session. The first set of monologues will be pieces that embody a common stereotype and the following set will focus on the deconstruction of those stereotypes. The monologues will touch on a variety of issues including class, race and gender.

And similar to a fashion show, the stage will be set up like a catwalk.

“The use and significance of the term ‘fashion show’ lies in [the fact that] media and fashion continue to play a powerful role in perpetuating stereotypes and devaluing the beauty and worth of cultural identities outside of those in the dominant group,” Majkut said.

According to Majkut, the purpose of the event is “celebrating the truths of a community who will raise their voices above oppressive silence.”

The event is free and open to the public.