“We treat them like kings and queens”
By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on February 18, 2022
Quinn Capps and Erica Sawyer search for the perfect prom dress. (Photos by Michelle Wagner)
Manteo High School Senior and Project Glam Girls, Elizabeth Hopkins, helps Erica Sawyer with a dress. (Photos by Michelle Wagner)
Erica Sawyer in her beautiful dress. (Photos by Michelle Wagner)
From left, Project Glam Girls volunteers Barbara Gudoski, Elizabeth Hopkins, Quinn Capps, Jordan Holcomb and Melva Draper. (Photos by Michelle Wagner)
Thanks to the generosity of the community, there are over 500 dresses in stock. (Photos by Michelle Wagner)
The shoes make the outfit and Glam Girls has an impressive selection. (Photos by Michelle Wagner)
Project Glam Girls (and Guys) celebrates its seventh year
Manteo High School 11th grader Erica Sawyer peers through the shelves of dresses that fill the Project Glam Girls store at Manteo Faith Baptist Church, looking for the right one to wear to prom on April 2.
At first, Sawyer is a little skeptical about whether she’ll find one since she doesn’t really like wearing dresses. But with a little help from the volunteers at the Project Glam Girls boutique, it’s not long before she’s smiling and has an armful of dresses to try on. Some are more chic, others are simple and elegant. But thanks to Project Glam Girls (and Guys), whoever she settles on will be home.
Founded by Quinn Capps seven years ago, Project Glam Girls solicits community donations of prom outfits and accessories to run the boutique each year and serve students from across the region – from Currituck to Columbia. Capps estimated that last year Project Glam Girls (and Guys) served 125 students and she expects there will be even more this year.
When asked how she came up with the idea seven years ago, Capps explained, “I remember being the girl who couldn’t afford to go out and spend a lot of money on dress [so I] decided to do something.
Without community support and donations, she adds, Project Glam Girls would not be possible. “It really takes a village,” she said, explaining that Project Glam Girls has donation drop-off points in Currituck and Dare counties and that because of the generosity of the community, there are more of 500 dresses in stock. And, adds Capps, this year there’s more menswear, as well as accessories, than in the past.
For Capps, the impact he has on students shopping at Project Glam Girls has been the most rewarding thing about the project.
“You see them come in and they may not be very confident – or not sure about this or that. We help them out and when they come out their faces light up and they’re happy and feel good about themselves,” Capps said, noting that most students almost always find something in the vast selection of dresses, shoes and accessories available. “That’s the thing, I want these girls [and guys] feel good about themselves, so we treat them like kings and queens.
While Sawyer was shopping, Capps and three other volunteers helped her choose the right dress. “Many of the volunteers this year are students themselves, which Capps says has been great. “We get youthful, perspective eyes on all these dresses,” she notes.
One of those student volunteers is Jordan Holcomb, a senior at Manteo High School who told The Voice she didn’t expect the event to be as big as it is. “It’s my first time here, and it’s amazing how they can have so many dresses and help so many people,” Holcomb said. “I looked at the prom dresses and they are very expensive, so it’s a big blessing and I know a lot of people appreciate it.”
(The Project Glam Girls store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on February 19 at Manteo Faith Baptist Church located at 1037 Burnside Road in Manteo. Monetary donations can be made to Manteo Faith Baptist Church with a note that it is for Project Glam Girls.)