*On Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), tune into BET Networks for a catwalk celebration of music and fashion featuring some of today’s hottest singers performing along with models wearing daring fashions from top designers while delivering an unforgettable evening of fashionable fireworks!
All of these incendiary elements can only mean that it’s time for RIP THE RUNWAY and once again the provocative fashion forward show did not disappoint. The seventh annual spectacular fashion extravaganza was hosted by equally sexy Mehcad Brooks and Selita Ebanks.
What makes this show such a dominating force on Seventh Avenue is its verve. The combination of thumping music coupled with pulsating movement of models struttin’ their stuff in the sexiest designs imaginable — before a hyped to the max spectator crowd – will make your heart skip a beat . . . or two! It is truly off the hook!
The live broadcast celebration took place on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in hot New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. This year’s RIP THE RUNWAY featured striking collections of Rachel Roy, Tennille White, LaQuan Smith, Man vs. Machine, Lila Nikole, and Haitian designer WISB “Way It Should Be” Apparel, along with vibrant performances by musical heavyweights Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson, Fabolous, Lloyd, Melanie Fiona, Miguel, and New Boyz.
Returning to the hippest runway show on earth was Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards and the record-setting BET AWARDS shows. Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, vice president of specials for BET Networks, are executive producers of the telecast.
Joining the sexy models on the catwalk is the winner of the “Rip The Runway’s Amateur Model Contest.” The competition finalists appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” to compete for the opportunity to walk the runway in RIP THE RUNWAY. The aspiring models were judged by Selita Ebanks, stylist June Ambrose, and celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine. The winning model was chosen based on personality, photogenic appearance, and sexiness of runway strut.
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. (Photos by Ronnie Wright and Picture Group courtesy BET Networks)
Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.