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Chanoa Chen is a fashion professional and freelance writer with a penchant for international travel. Her fashion expertise and credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from Miami International University of Art & Design in addition to over a decade of experience working and volunteering in the fashion industry. Chanoa has worked or volunteered for a number of established industry names including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Guess, Zara and Miami Fashion Week. Her professional experience has found her working in several different sectors from retail management to wholesale representation.

Her work as a freelance journalist, magazine writer and blogger specializes in fashion, music, luxury goods and lifestyle and may be found in sources that include QVC Insider Germany, Examiner.com, Time Warner and Tilllate Magazine.

Chanoa hails from upstate New York and was largely raised in South Florida. While South Florida continues to be one of her home bases, Ms. Chen also spends her time living in Eastern Europe – with colder months spent in Belgrade, Serbia and warmer months on the coasts of the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro. Chanoa speaks the languages of former Yugoslavia (Montenegrin/Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian) in addition to some Spanish and she is currently studying Italian in her free time.

Say Yes To The Prom Empowers High-achieving Young Girls In Denver

Say Yes to the Prom Photo Credit: DiscoveryEducation.com

Say Yes to the Prom
Photo Credit: DiscoveryEducation.com

TLC fans are likely familiar with the hit show, “Say Yes to the Dress”, a program in which brides-to-be work with professionals at the world-famous Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC to choose the perfect bridal gown and receive dazzling wedding day makeovers. In a wonderful twist of the plot, TLC presents a nationwide tour for the fourth year presenting a similar opportunity for high school girls, Say Yes to the Prom.

On March 19th, 2015, the event will be presented by TLC and JCPenney at The Cable Center in Denver, Colorado. The lucky teens from Abraham Lincoln High School will have the opportunity to choose their prom dresses from a selection of over 2,500 donated new or gently used gowns. The teens chosen for academic and behavioral excellence will enjoy the special experience while also gaining improved confidence, courage and self-image.

The event isn’t only about finding that

Monte Durham with a Prom Event Participant Photo Credit: Long-Island.Newsday.com

Monte Durham with a Prom Event Participant
Photo Credit: Long-Island.Newsday.com

special prom dress. The girls will participate in mentoring workshops and receive beauty and styling consultations from top style experts. Their prom looks will be from head-to-toe including dress alterations for the perfect fit and jewelry and shoe shopping. Makeovers will also be offered which will presented at the closing of the event with a runway reveal, showing how each girl was able to be made over in their own way according to their special looks, features, personalities and styles. The hosting style experts who will give guidance and advice for beauty and styling as well as mentor the teens are Nick Stenson, the Artistic Director for jcp Salon, and Monte Durham, the star of “Say Yes to the Dress”.

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