The Panhellenic Council put on their 4th annual Be Beautiful Campaign. This is a week long event that educates and raises awareness of women’s issues–specifically self-esteem. It is their mission to highlight inner beauty and embrace who we are as women, beautiful inside and out. With numerous activities, money is raised to benefit Panhellenic’s philanthropy, First Step Battered Women’s Shelter in Harrisonburg. The main event of the week is the Role Model Fashion Show. Two women from each sorority are selected based on testimonials submitted from their peers on what makes them a role model to the JMU community. This year two fabulous sisters got to strut their stuff in the fashion show. The fashion show was a huge success where nearly $2,000 was raised for First Step. Here are some pictures from the night and learn more about our beautiful role models: Sonja Webster and Cynthia Knott!
Sonja Webster is a senior IDLS, Elementary Education major from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the former Pledge Mom and her favorite Tri Delta moment was welcoming all the Xi’s into Tri Delta this past fall. For Sonja, being a role model means caring for others and carrying yourself in a way that is appropriate and respectable. She is someone who always remains consistent with her values and actions, which is why she is a great role model to us. Preparing for the fashion show was a great experience for Sonja. She loved meeting other women in the greek community and learning about their own inner beauty. Sonja’s fun sense of humor and sincere personality makes her a beautiful person inside and out. She describes inner beauty as “genuinely caring about others and being able to laugh at yourself.” Someone that inspires Sonja is her mother. “My mom is the most caring and thoughtful person I know. She is always placing others before herself and helping others, I really admire that about her.” Sonja adores her mother for her grace and integrity while still being able to have a happy-go-lucky attitude. That is something we love about Sonja and can see the same qualities of her mother in her!
Cynthia Knott is a junior IDLS, IECE minor from Martinsville, Virginia. This Southern Belle’s favorite Tri Delta moment was winning Greek Sing last year. Cynthia had a wonderful experience being recognized in the fashion show. It was an honor for her to be recognized as a role model by her sisters, her mother even cried when she heard the news! For Cynthia, being a role model means, “always holding oneself to the highest standard. A role model is intrinsically motivated and does not try to be a role model, but rather tries to be the best person they can be.” Cynthia also looks up to her mother as her own role model. She is someone who presents herself respectfully and gracefully. Her selflessness and sacrifices made to provide a great life for her daughter makes her a woman of great respect. “She has taught me the importance of independence, self-worth and hard work. I can honestly say I take pride in saying I’m becoming my mother.” The Be Beautiful Campaign has impacted Cynthia and her time with Tri Delta because it made her so thankful for the sisters she surrounds herself with. Not only does it make her love and appreciate her chapter, but it makes her more aware that others are watching her and therefore wants to work even harder to be the best woman she can be.
The Gamma Tau chapter is so proud to be a part of this empowering event that Panhellenic puts on every year. Sonja and Cynthia are amazing women who we all look up to as role models. Their inner beauty is what makes them shine and these dazzling beauties glowed as they walked on stage last night. Congrats ladies, we love you!