LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - On Thursday, nine male professors and students at USM Gulf Park put on pumps and strappy sandals to spotlight what many call modern day slavery.
It was a fun event with a serious message as two campus organizations hosted "Stallions in Stilettos" to raise awareness about human trafficking and domestic violence.
"We wanted the guys to see from a woman's point of view," said Mary Maner, Vice President of the Women's Gender Studies Student Organization. "So our motto is, 'Take a walk in our shoes and see how we feel.'"
After some last-minute advice from the ladies on how to walk in high-heeled footwear, each model stepped forward with his best catwalk. Some struggled to balance on five-inch heels, others rocked the look.
"I was worried I was going to slip and fall, it's really slick," said USM Assistant Professor Dr. Jacob Breland.
After the fashion show, audience members voted for their favorite shoe model by putting money in the model's basket. It was a small sacrifice the men were willing to make to help bring an end to sexual slavery and forced labor.
"It was a great chance to get out there and sort of have a good laugh for a good cause," said Harris.
The American Marketing Association co-hosted the fashion show. Some of the proceeds will go to the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Non-Violence.