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Student struts, sings for New York fashion week

Student struts, sings for New York fashion week

Student struts, sings for New York fashion week
February 10
00:30 2015

Sarah Lagro / Intern Writer

Most students were trading in their candy canes for textbooks at the end of winter break, but RTVF sophomore Corey Ray received news that he was about to trade his textbooks for a bowtie, a bowtie embroidered with a red lip print that he will be wearing while walking down the runway at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this Valentine’s Day.

In addition to modeling, Ray will showcase his musical talents with an on-stage performance. 

“Everything is still sinking in,” Ray said. “As the date approaches, everything gets more and more real.”

Ray said he leaves this Thursday to model in fashion hub New York City, the site of fashion week. He will be accompanied by his best friend Shayley, designer Nathan Scott and other models.

Designer and fashion photographer Scott said he found Ray through Instagram.

Scott said he scouts a lot of his talent on social media and Ray was an individual who stood out.

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Radio, television and film sophomore Corey Ray

“I ran across [Ray] and thought he had potential,” Scott said. “I chose him because of his personality honestly. Corey is very personable and is very cute.

The outfit we are putting him in requires a boyish charm in order for the piece to work.” 

Scott said the outfits he designed are inspired by the British television show “Doctor Who.” Ray will wear a vest, jacket and bowtie custom-made for the event. The bowtie will display a lip print, the symbol of the Lip Locked fashion line. 

“It’s business-casual, but it is very unique,” Ray said. “Nathan is very creative and this is something one-of-a-kind.”

Other students are also impressed by Ray’s growing presence.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for him,” fashion merchandising sophomore Carlos Monge said. “It’s also great to see UNT students be involved in all aspects of the fashion industry. It’s gaining a profile for UNT as a serious place to begin a journey for those goals.”

Being in the spotlight is nothing new for Ray. He began playing music during his freshman year of high school, after his parents gifted him piano lessons and a brand new guitar. He said his father played guitar and taught him a few chords when he was four years old. As soon as he found a love for playing, he borrowed his father’s guitar and began teaching himself how to play.

“I had been singing and acting in plays since I was little, but this was something special,” Ray said. “I always knew I wanted to do show business, but I didn’t start to work for it until high school.”

During his sophomore year of high school, Ray created a YouTube channel to upload a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone.” Ray said he struggled to make the video for two weeks, often messing up because he was nervous about being on camera.

“I didn’t want to put anything out there that I wasn’t proud of,” Ray said. “I was so terrified it would be almost a year before I uploaded another video.”

CoreyCovers, Corey’s YouTube channel, is still up and running with more than 1,000 subscribers. He said the channel was intended to practice performing and to receive feedback from others. 

Ray’s channel features covers of songs such as “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood and some original acoustic pieces. 

“The channel has turned into so much more,” Ray said. “My subscribers became my biggest fans and encouraged me to pursue a life in music and performing.”

The Van Alstyne native has made his presence known on the UNT campus as well as online. Ray performed an acoustic set last semester as part of the UPC Acoustic Artist series, drawing a small crowd to the Onstead Promenade. He was also a cast member in the UNT production “Booby Trap” and will be part of “Once in a Lifetime” this April. 

“Corey is very humble about his gifts,” Scott said. “He has the ability and the drive to rise up very far in the industry, both with modeling and with his music.”

Ray said fashion week is the biggest event in his life so far. He said being thrust into an event so quickly is surreal and thrilling. Ray said he was a musically-inclined “Harry Potter” fan who was in the right place at the right time.

“It makes me appreciate life,” Ray said. “That I can develop a career and make people happy doing what I love.”

For more information on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week visit www.mbfashionweek.com.

 Featured Image: Models take to the runway at the conclusion of the Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2014 show at New York Fashion Week, September 2013. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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