Stepping into a gown and onto a runway was a big deal for 15-year-old Michelle Fierro.
A director and model in the #Youth4Freedom Youth Fashion Show, Michelle overcame her own insecurities to raise funds for Sold No More, a local nonprofit working to stop sex trafficking in Tucson. The organization says 13 is the average age of someone sold into sex slavery.
“I was kind of antisocial in that I was really shy and just wasn’t confident at all,” says Michelle, a freshman at Desert View High School. “Me doing different things and stepping up and learning to dance and taking pictures was just different.”