CAISA Fashion Show boasts sexy spectacles and surprises

Extreme martial arts, Emcee E, HEAT Dance Team round out guest appearances

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Model in lingerie

Courtesy of CAISA

WHEN I GET THAT FEELING, I WANT SEXUAL HEELING. A CAISA model vamps it up for the camera. This year's CAISA Fashion Show fundraiser promises to be highly sexual.

The Canadian Asian International Students’ Association Fashion Show is back for its 10th year and, being one of the most diverse shows at Western, CAISA has made it even bigger.

“We spent more money on production this year, with better guests and surprises than previous shows,” CAISA Fashion Show director and second-year honours business administration student Patricia Woo says.

The goal this year is not only to celebrate CAISA’s 10th year in production, but also to have a more professional show with a full house. In addition, CAISA wishes to reach its fundraising target of $12,000 for the Children’s Health Foundation, the charity that CAISA supports annually.

“It’s a great way to show the campus and students what [CAISA] is about,” CAISA’s vice-president communications Gregory Mak explains.

Woo picked “Blush” as the theme for this year’s show, but has kept quiet on how it will dictate the show. “It’s a secret, but it’s going to be relatable to the audience,” Woo says.

“It’s very sexy, very visual ... We even got a guy who did the lights for the Rolling Stones’ concerts on board,” assistant director Ronald Au adds.

CAISA’s show differs from other shows in that its models are also dancers. It has been preparing since October, working with models, choreographers, photographers and technicians.

This year’s show features a variety of scenes including nightlife, corporate and the ever-sexy lingerie and swimsuit scenes. As well, guest performances by Team Ryouko, an extreme martial arts team, Emcee E, Hip-Hop Western and the HEAT Dance Team will guarantee the night stays hot.

Once again this year Sutherland Models, the modeling agency behind CityTV’s Canada’s Next Top Model, will be guest judging CAISA’s top models to offer a potential contract to the top male and female models in the show.

Those who have seen the show quickly become avid fans and come back each year even after graduation, Woo says.

“We have alumni from years ago who still come back here to see the show, and we draw tons of people from Queen’s, Waterloo and Toronto [universities],” Woo says.

“I wasn’t going to return to model this year, but then I had withdrawal from last year’s show and I knew I had to come back. The practices have become hectic, but I’m pretty excited for the show,” model-dancer and second-year management and organizational studies student Arthur Soong says.

There’s also a huge after-party at Rum Runners Music Hall downtown; some of the production budget was allocated to ensure a vibrant scene for the audience to mingle with the models.

“The show is a party in itself, even if [the audience] doesn’t go to the after-party. We created the show this year around the idea that everyone leaves with a smile,” Woo says.

CAISA Fashion Show is this Saturday, March 15th at Centennial Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be bought at the CAISA booth or InfoSource for $20, or $25 at the door.

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