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Lakenheath High School students Benita “B” Borders, top, and Leah Brandon practice a camera-friendly pose before the BX fashion show at the Lakenheath base exchange.

Lakenheath High School students Benita “B” Borders, top, and Leah Brandon practice a camera-friendly pose before the BX fashion show at the Lakenheath base exchange. (Ben Murray / S&S)

When it comes to the parade of plastic, feathers and thin undergarments that people in small, assumingly wealthy circles call “a fashion show,” many of us are just lost.

Who came up with these outfits? Who buys them? And when, exactly, is it appropriate to wear a tinfoil teddy with labradoodle poncho? Is that, like, for dinner at Prince’s?

Thankfully, there are more practical fashion shows out there, such as a recent gala at the main BX at RAF Lakenheath, where high school students modeled the spring fashions available in the store. Stalking the catwalk at the show were Benita “B” Borders, 17, and Leah Brandon, 14, who aspire to be professional models.

Let’s start with this: Who are you wearing?

Leah: A mix. I have Amy Byers, Oliver’s, Ecko Red, there’s Baby Phat …

Benita: Me, I have Dakota’s. Everyone has to have at least one Dakota outfit; I guess that’s like a BX thing. Baby Phat, Calvin Klein, Applebottoms …

Are you nervous about the show?

Leah: I don’t think I will be until the last minute, if at all.

Benita: Right now, not. I’m trying to keep my confidence up, ’cause I’m shy.

Leah: Yeah, I’m shy as well. I don’t like being the center of attention, at the same time … I do.

Do you guys have boyfriends that are, like, “Yeah … datin’ a model.”

Benita: No.

Leah: No.

Benita: Single and loving it.

Leah. Yup.

Let’s try this: Which of these three is not a famous designer? Armani, McCartney, AAFES.

Benita: AAFES.

Leah: This is trivia, right?

Do you think Naomi Campbell is as crazy as she seems?

Benita: I think she’s really cool, actually, because she’s like … I don’t know.

Leah: I prefer Tyra Banks.

Do you? Less violent?

Benita: I like Naomi Campbell’s story of how she got started. Tyra Banks is cool; she’s funny. I like her shows.

I haven’t seen it.

Benita: They’re good.

Leah: Full of drama.

Full of models?

Benita: Yeah.

Now, you girls would like to be [professional] models, right?

Benita: Yeah, and if I can’t be a model, I love cars. I could work on cars.

Leah: If I don’t become a model, I’d like to be an architect-slash-interior designer.

So, something very much not modeling.

Leah: Yeah, but … yeah.

Benita: I go from girly things to guy things.

If you could be modeling anyone’s clothing, who would you go with?

Leah: Louis Vuitton and Gucci — all those.

Benita: I want those Applebottoms, you know, get up in one of those poses … Baby Phat.

Leah: Yeah, Baby Phat…

Benita: Eve … probably any name brand, though.

Is falling a fear?

Leah: Yeah, especially for teens. People at your school, they’re not going to forget it.

Benita: Oh, you’re going to be listening to that next year even.

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