FOOTBALLERS are turning fashionistas for the night.
Seven of the Black Cats first team will be getting their kit off and donning designer threads for this year’s Fashion Strikes catwalk show in aid of the SAFC Foundation.
Today the Echo can reveal that the players taking part will be Lee Cattermole, Nicklas Bendtner, Frazier Campbell, David Meyler, Connor Wickham, Phil Bardsley and Ahmed Elmohamady.
The players will be joined on the catwalk by guest models including Olympian and professional boxer Tony Jeffries, Miss Sunderland Philippa Attle and Mr North East Nathaniel Smith, along with a selection of professional models.
Other members of the squad will be cheering on their team-mates as guests at the glittering event which takes place at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.
Captain Lee Cattermole said: “We’re footballers, not models, so you can’t take the catwalk show too seriously, but we recognise we have a responsibility to the local community that supports us.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to by taking part in the catwalk show for SAFC Foundation, which is an absolutely amazing organisation.”
Defender Phil Bardsley added: “This is the third time I’ve taken part in Fashion Strikes and it’s always a great event. Although it’s very different to what we usually do we always try and have fun and put on a good show.
“SAFC Foundation’s work is vital to the local community and we’re proud to support that work by taking part in this show which helps to raise much needed funds for them.”
Fenwick in Newcastle are providing outfits and styling the models for the catwalk show, with hair styling by Creative Directors from Regis Hair & Beauty and Trimmers in Fenwick, and makeup by national Georgio Armani face designer Cesar and makeup artist Kate, from the exclusive Armani beauty boutique in Fenwick.
Guests will be welcomed with a drinks reception before moving to the stadium’s banqueting suite, where they will enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal courtesy of 3663 and a full evening of entertainment in addition to the catwalk show.
X Factor finalist and Dancing on Ice champion Ray Quinn will take to the stage with a musical performance to close the show
Last year’s Fashion Strikes raised £25,000 for SAFC Foundation, which works with more than 40,000 children and young people across the North East in education, community, health and sport programmes every year.