Gillum named “The Fashion Hero” Kid winner


BUCKHANNON — One of Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School’s own, Channing Gillum, age 13, was selected as one of the winners of an international contest by the television show “The Fashion Hero.” The eighth grader won by popular online vote to enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to Sun City, Africa in February.

During her seven-day visit to the African City, Gillum will watch the filming of season two of “The Fashion Hero,” hosted by the popular 90s boyband Backstreet Boys member AJ McClean. The show is a competition, where unconventional models compete in various challenges for a chance to become an ambassador for international brands and become the new face of the show. The show’s goal is to challenge modern day beauty standards.

The television show “Fashion Hero” takes the everyday, average person and puts them in a competition to shine for who they truly are. It is speculated that social media pushes young kids to look and act older than they are and encourages them to grow up too fast. The “Fashion Hero” kids’ competition was created to allow children to be who they are, instead of how the world portrays young children in today’s society.

The filming location will be the Sun City Resort in South Africa. Winning allows Channing Gillum and two adults of her choice to enjoy an all-inclusive adventure. Of course, her mother will accompany her as one.

The “Fashion Hero” Kids opened the contest to anyone between the ages of 8 and 15, with monthly opportunities to win. Each month, 10 slots are open to be filled by five boys and five girls globally. BBC Production, out of Canada, hosted the online contest for children all of the world to enter with photos and a biography, or videos, of the student. Gillum was selected as the female winner, alongside a 13-year-old French boy selected as the male winner.

Melanie Gillum, the winner’s mother, entered her daughter in the online contest just for fun to boost her daughter’s confidence and recognize her hard work. Ultimately, Gillum and her mom racked up 5,062 votes in just two days. People would donate money in order to cast a vote. Donations varied from $1 to $5 and the more Gillum collected, the closer she got to winning.

“I’m proud of the work Channing has put in up until this point. She does so many activities, such as gymnastics and pageants, that has prepared her for this time,” expressed Melanie Gillum. “She works so hard on everything she does that she deserves this!”

Channing Gillum exclaimed, “I’m so excited for this! I can’t believe I was picked as a winner. This is amazing and I’m looking forward to traveling to South Africa as I’ve never been out of the country before.”

Congratulations to Channing Gillum on making Buckhannon proud!

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