The fashionable student journalists from Irvin High School’s Observer newspaper are coming after you and Vogue magazine.
The Observer this semester is set to publish its first-ever fashion edition, and students have been busy researching the latest trends and photographing the most stylish students on campus.
“We wanted to do something different that would appeal to the students,” junior and editor-in-chief Sonia Becerra said. “We thought the idea of creating a magazine would be cool because it’s something that the students are into.”
The print media classes brainstormed the concept for a fashion paper mag to get students excited about the school’s newspaper and generate more interest on campus.
One female and one male student from each class will be selected and featured in the magazine’s “Best-Dressed” category, providing the perfect opportunity for students on campus to get involved. Students nominated for the category are interviewed and treated to their very own fashion shoot.
For student photographer Jacob Alaniz the fashion edition is a dream come true. He has been setting up shoots in the classroom studio, as well as around campus.
“Fashion is my beat so this is pretty exciting. Fashion photography is the most interesting because it’s basically limitless to what you can capture,” Alaniz said. “It’s been great working with all the student models. Every person is different so it’s interesting to work with different personalities.”
Destinee Garcia’s personality definitely shined through during her photo shoot. She was selected as best-dressed senior girl and has really enjoyed the experience of being part of the Observer’s fashion edition.
“It feels really cool because I get to work with the photographers,” Garicia said. “I have gotten to meet new people and also show off my outfit.”
Besides Irvin students, the Observer will also feature students from other campuses. thanks to collaboration with the Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE). The CCTE fashion technology classes welcomed Irvin to visit and do a cover story about what the students are learning.
“I wanted the students to have fun with the edition. I suggested we should tie in CCTE’s fashion technology classes, and their eyes just lit up,” Teacher Isaac Medina said. “The students were able to shoot in the classrooms and get photos of some student models and the clothes they were wearing.”
Besides local fashion, students are also focusing on more national fashion news. Sophomore Alize Youngblood is writing a piece about makeup guru Manny Guiterrez, who will be the first man to stat in a Maybelline campaign.
“I think this story is important because it’s helping end gender stigmas. Everyone thinks makeup is just for women, but some men like to wear makeup too,” Youngblood said. “I think it’s cool that something like that can happen.”
Fashion isn’t something Youngblood is necessarily interested in, but she took it as an opportunity to write something out of her comfort zone.
“I feel like it’s going to help me think more about topics in a way I hadn’t before,” Youngblood said.
Medina is proud of his students for all the work they have been putting in the last few weeks. He feels working on the newspaper mag has taught the students valuable lessons.
“They are learning to book photo shoots and really work with time constraints to get their stories done,” Medina said. “Everything they are learning is very real world.”
He hopes the Observer continues to propel as the students continue to learn and grow more as journalists. The fashion edition will be available at Irvin High School in the next few weeks, once students have finalized the content and sent everything to be printed.
“My plan is for the Observer to become a catalyst in the northeast and creating a product that not only impacts the students but also the community,” Medina said. “The students are doing a great job. I’m really, really proud of them. They have come a long way.”