The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS Creator Defends February 9th Reality Star Concept
The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS (http://www.realityontherunway.com) is a New York Fashion Week fundraiser slotted to take place on February 9, 2013 in New York City. The open to the public event is slated to have names such as Deena Cortese of Jersey Shore, Janice Dickinson, Alex McCord, Courtney Robertson, Tiffany "New York" Pollard, Lil Kim and more walking the runway to raise money for AIDS. RFRA has received considerable praise along with an even amount of backlash. Shocked at many of the mixed messages surrounding the HIV/AIDS awareness event, the creator of RFRA released a statement:
"I am well aware of the reputation that many Reality Stars carry. However, everything that you see on television is not real. Many people have stated to me that reality stars have no talent and that I should not be showcasing them. That showcasing them during a time like NY Fashion Week promotes that they somehow are entitled to this fame," states 31-year-old CEO of Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR Monique Tatum. "If you ask me, Reality Television is not going anywhere. If a single cast can get millions of viewers to tune in episode after episode for family arguments, Cabo travel, or a night on the town, then when they stand up for something that's real and quite serious, such as AIDS, people will listen. It is not about talent. We love them, and love to hate them because reality television is relatable. We see aspects of our lives, people we know and friends. That is why I created this event. People will listen because these stars are relatable."