What comes to mind when you think Infinite Appeal? Some may say modeling. Others may say make up, whereas others may say the obvious which is fashion. Fortunately, Infinite Appeal is all of those things and more. Although, Infinite Appeal isn’t all made up of the clothes and make up, what makes up such an “appealing” organization are the people that are apart of it and truly dedicate their time to making something that has been around the Georgia State community since 1999, even better. Some people may be thinking, oh another fashion organization. I challenge you all to look again at this organization, an organization based on community service as well as supporting the art of fashion. I sat down with the upbeat and hilarious executive board, Gabrielle Alexander (President), Kaila Yancey, Kamala Johnson, Alexandra Martin, and Michelle Davis. They spoke about Infinite Appeal and their ideas of what it means to be part of something bigger than yourself.
EEM: Tell me a little bit about yourself personally..
Gabrielle: I’m majoring in journalism with a minor in sociology, and a concentration in public relations. I’m a junior here at GSU, this is my fourth year, since I took a year and a half break from college. I have been interning with different companies around Atlanta. I have assisted with a lot of large scale productions. Also, I’m a brand manager for Asos at GSU.
Kaila: I am sophomore at GSU, majoring in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in marketing. I want to do corporate public relations for corporate firms. I want to have my own non-profit. I have a love for clothes and think that fashion shows confidence and style.
Kamala: Junior at GSU, majoring in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in hospitality administration. I have a large interest in make-up, having picked it up in high school. I have a dream to be a make-up artist. On the other hand, I don’t know specifically what i would like to do with PR. I am looking to a one- year membership with Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and that’s about it.
Alexandra: I’m a senior here at GSU, majoring in marketing. I became interested in fashion, starting off with my mom telling me if i wanted to learn anything about the fashion industry I needed to start reading vogue. I am interested in either becoming a buyer for boutiques or becoming a manager for a retail brand. I am still trying to figure things out, but for now I am an ambassador for Asos.com.
Michelle: I’m a senior here at GSU, majoring in journalism. I got interested in fashion I would say due to my mom, but I also found that fashion was the only way I could express myself, well with that and through writing. I want to become a fashion journalist and travel writing.
EEM: Tell me a little bit about Infinite Appeal in your own words?
Gabrielle: Its a full time- job with a common goal for people to express their creativity.
Kaila: Infinite Appeal is a test. Most people that work with us major in PR or business, so it’s really a test to see if you are ready for your field.
Michelle: At the start of every year, it is like bud. You can see the transformation, especially from the models, you can see the growth throughout the year from each person involved.
Kamala: Infinite Appeal is a really great outlet for students. Because with me I wanted to be a make-up artist, but I didn’t know where to start. So, it was basically an outlet for me to jump start my passion and also being around common people that try to push each other in the right direction.
Alexandra: An organization that has no room for excuses. Like, if you are given an assignment, you need to do it, if you need help ask for it. But at the end of the day, you need to get it done. Oh, yeah and we are a family, of course.
EEM: Infinite Appeal has been around GSU for a while (1999), are you still focused on the same values as before? Has the appeal of Infinite Appeal grown?
Gabrielle: Definitely. And our core value is community service first, so every year we think of new ways to serve our community while inputting fashion in the mix. We like to give back to those who give to us. It keeps getting bigger and better every year.
EEM: Does Infinite Appeal come out with a different type of fashion show every year or semester?
Gabrielle: YES! Every year. We get together the executive board in the summer and then as the school year goes on we get members for PR and marking side. And then we have model calls, that bring out hundreds of people. Then on the executive side we discuss what we want for the year, what is our theme for the year, our creative team assist us in executing the vision we want for that particular year. We try to outdo the year before.
EEM: The models that you use, are they from your organization or do you use a model search?
Gabrielle: They become apart of our organization. We hold model calls open to anyone 18 and up. We don’t necessarily have a look. That is specifically why the founders of Infinite Appeal named the organization what they did, because it “appeals” to the masses. We spend a lot of time teaching and preparing them for the show, giving them confidence. By the end of the day, they feel like a model.
EEM: If you have one, what is your favorite article of clothing that you own (not from your own line)?
Gabrielle: That is to many items, I can’t choose!
Kaila: My adidas sweatpants, they are so easy and comfy
Alexandra: anything black.
Michelle: this fur jacket i’m wearing!
Kamala: I like black too, I enjoy it.
EEM: What has been your favorite memory from working with Infinite Appeal?
Gabrielle: They are all my favorites, I don’t have one specifically.
Kaila: Standing behind the door seeing the audience in awe at last years show, as they admire something you spent countless hours on is amazing.
Michelle: I was a model last year, so modeling in last years show was probably my favorite memory.
Kamala: doing my first gig as a make-up artist and having someone appreciate it meant a lot to me.
Alexandra: It is the same as Kaila’s, being able to sit back and watch the audience fall in love with what we have done.
EEM: How do you balance school and working on Infinite Appeal?
Gabrielle: (laughing) As students we don’t get enough credit for being able to balance. This is a full time job with overtime and no vacation days. There is no options, because the show must get done. You have to appreciate the time you have when you are able to take a nap or just have down time.
Michelle: haha, naps? what are those?
Gabrielle: This really just a practice for the real world, so you have to learn to balance. It doesn’t get any easier, so this is probably the best practice for that.
EEM: What kinds of reactions have you gotten from Infinite Appeal (from the people that run it to the organization itself)?
Gabrielle: This year, I believe we have gotten a lot of positive reactions. It is different because the executive board changes every year. But, since we do have that campus presence, we give that excitement to the community which hypes up our shows, making everyone excited.
EEM: What is your target audience for your Infinite Appeal?
Gabrielle: Georgia State. We really put this show on for the students. It is also for atlanta, but our main goals is for the audience to just enjoy the show.
EEM: How can readers get involved with Infinite Appeal? Are you looking for a specific type of person to be a part of the organization?
Gabrielle: We just look for people who are ready to work. And also anybody with any passion, whether it be make-up, photography, etc. You can follow us on our social medias and we release our applications for members on facebook.
EEM: What do you want people to take away from Infinite Appeal, and what are your plans for it in the future?
Michelle: We want the models to leave with confidence and a higher self-esteem.
Gabrielle: And we want everyone to leave with a portfolio, so they are prepared to enter their professional field. That is one the members side. But, on the audience side, I want them to leave enjoying their experience and being inspired by what we put together as students.
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Allie Mitchell ❤