Monthly Archives - October 2010

How to stay optimistic through the recession, bad weather and swine flu fears

By Gina Salamone Daily News Staff Writer Tuesday, May 5th 2009 Olivia Mignone Overcame Height Bias …The 18-years-old from Queens dreamed of becoming a model since childhood. But at just 5′ foot 1″, she knew that wouldn’t be easy. Instead of sitting around sulking, she started her own modeling agency for girls, donating money raised from shows to charity. “I’ve always wanted to model,” Mignone shares. “I watch ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ My freshman year of high school, when I was 14, I [...]

The Scene 2008

September 2008 A&U Magazine June 20th, Flushing Town Hall in Queens, New York, was the setting for making a fashion statement – one that combined awareness about HIV/AIDS, eating disorders, and the power of teens to make a positive difference in the world. Members of the jazz trio, In Pure Thought, Shortstack’s second annual Charity Fashion Show saw its program’s models take to the runway in front of a packed house in order to raise funds for Windows of Opportunity’s HIV Empowerment [...]

The Scene 2007

September 2007 A&U Magazine Pink and purple balloons anchored to benches on the Long Island campus of Adelphi University led the way to the first annual Shortstack Charity Fashion Show this past June. Attendees were greeted by three long tables of silent auction packages, from Morrissey concert tickets to airline tickets, as well as a LIFEbeat table sporting a fantasia of colorfully wrapped condoms. The runway set up in the University Center saw several walks, led off by the premiere of Sarah [...]

Excerpt from “Required Reading”

August 2007 Shortstack Cover Models: Olivia Mignone and Tany Rios Shortstack models Featured on the cover A&U Magazine – Appearing in the 7 page spread are Iasia Stewart, Kati Johnson, Olivia Mignone and Tanya Rios. High school and college students know summer reading lists quite well. Composed to help students prep for the coming year, the pages and pages assigned inevitably clash with the pull of the city park, the beach, the blockbuster movie, or even the daydream. Education and following one’s [...]

Broadway star and avid Shortstack™ supporter, Harrison Chad, speaks about WOO & Shortstack™ in A&U Magazine!

A&U Magazine Student Counsel July ’09 ACTOR HARRISON CHAD TALKS WITH A&U’S CHAEL NEEDLE ABOUT RAISING AIDS AWARENESS IN HIS HOMETOWN & THEATER COMMUNITIES. Harrison Chad recently played Roger in his high school production of RENT. (Yes, with some omissions and tweaks, this edition of the Tony-winning musical now joins Seussical and Jekyll & Hyde in the drama club canon.) Even though RENT’s twelve-year run on Broadway is over, it’s nice to know that a story that explores the urban poetics of [...]

TEENS SHARE AND CARE AT AIDS CONFERENCE

By Jillian Ogawa Daily News Writer Friday, May 27th 2005 JACKIE LABANCA’S father died just a few weeks after she was born, and through the early years of her life, she believed his life had been taken by cancer. It wasn’t until she was 9 that she learned the truth – Anthony LaBanca had died, at age 40, of an HIV infection. Jackie LaBanca, 17, shared her story this week at the Teen to Teen HIV/AIDS conference held at Queens College in Flushing. “That [...]

Short Teen Models to Stand Tall at 4th Annual Charity Fashion Show

New York City, New York (PRWEB) April 7, 2010 Inspired by a vision and a dream, teen model and business woman Olivia Mignone created Shortstack to prove that anyone could achieve their goals without limitations. The modeling industry may say they are too short, but Olivia spends 8 months of every year training and empowering girls to think otherwise, culminating in a professional and classy 5th Avenue Charity Fashion Show. 4 Years ago, at the age of 15, Olivia Mignone could not [...]

Shortstack Teen Models Send Strong Message and Challenge to the Fashion Industry

New York City, New York (Vocus) June 10, 2010 Inspired by a vision and a dream, teen model and business woman Olivia Mignone created Shortstack to prove that anyone could achieve their goals without limitations. After 4 years of success, she is now challenging the fashion and modeling industry to step up and be more inclusive with girls who do not meet the industry standards, starting with an invite to come to the 4th Annual Shortstack Charity Fashion Show – [...]

New Fashion Designer in Town

By Amanda Marinaccio Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Watch out Gucci, move over Prada, there is a new designer in town, and the amazing part is she hasn’t even finished the 5th grade. Growing up on Hone Avenue, ten-year-old Maria A. Manolis has been drawing since she could hold a crayon and plans to become a designer after attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. “Her first attempt at designing was draping fabrics when she was a toddler,” said Elena Manolis. “From 4 years old [...]

Calling All Girls Under 5’7!

By Holly Wilensky Queens Ledger Jun 30, 2010 Do you want to be real runway model? Are you an artist that wants to have an art opening in a real art gallery? Does music or acting sound appealing to you? Ever dream of being a photographer or making films? Bayside native Hal Eisenberg is the hometown hero that gives equal opportunity for anyone ages 6 to 24 to “Be all you can be!” The best part? All programming is strictly funded by [...]