Alexandra Johnson

The Fashion Show helps Alexandra develop leadership skills

Alexandra started her journey in the fashion industry in high school when she worked at boutique. While there, she learned about visual merchandising and buying, which helped her discover her unique style and career ambitions. After that, Alexandra knew she wanted to attend Iowa State and study apparel, merchandising, and design.

During her freshman year, she applied to be part of the Fashion Show. She didn’t make the cut, but didn’t let that deter her. Instead, she auditioned to be a model—and was selected. Alex took her job seriously and always offered to help when someone needed.

The faculty adviser for the show, Sarah Bennett, noticed Alexandra’s dedication.

“She noticed me attending every practice, working outside, and my positive attitude,” she said. “But not just in the Fashion Show. Sarah also noticed me standing out in classes and becoming a leader. Which is a big deal for me since I’m shy.”

Alexandra’s hard work secured her a spot as model director the following years. As the director, Alexandra has a lot of responsibilities before and during the show.

“I do a lot,” she said. “From selecting models to running around back stage, organizing Fit Night and directing hair and makeup.”

In general, Alexandra is grateful for the time she’s invested helping produce the fashion show.

“It helped me step up and be a leader,” she said. “In middle school I was bullied a lot because I was different. But here I learned it’s okay to be who you are. People accepted me.”