Upshur County middle schooler wins trip to Africa through fashion contest

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – An eighth graduate student at Buckhannon Upshur Middle School, won the trip of a lifetime all paid for through The Fashion Hero international competition.

Channing Gillum will travel with two adults to Sun City, South Africa to witness the filming of the second season of The Fashion Hero, a TV show in which unconventional models face various challenges to have the chance to become international brand ambassadors and become the new face of the show.

He will work alongside AJ McClean of the Backstreet Boys and the 90s rock band Simple Plan. The Fashion Hero Kids has opened the contest to anyone between the ages of 8 and 15.

Channing and her mother garnered 5,062 votes in two days. Her mother had a strategy and didn’t advertise for the votes until the last two days of voting. There were 11 days for the contestants to collect votes.

People would give money to vote. They were asked to donate $ 1 or $ 5, and the more Gillum collected, the more votes he got.

Channing will travel to Sun City in early February.

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