Modeling women’s shoes for sexual trauma awareness

'Hunks in Heels'

The legs were hairy and the toes definitely not manicured in chic, rich-girl red, but that didn’t stop a dozen local men from stepping into a pair of sky-high heels for the first-ever “Hunks in Heels” runway show benefiting STAR.

Each man had his own reason — some have known victims; others to help protect women — for strutting the runway Sept. 19 to raise money for the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center.

There were sexy red-patent, peep-toe pumps; jeweled evening sandals; and fashion-forward stiletto shooties.

Emcees for the evening were Whitney Vann and Leonard Augustus. Judges were Amy Strother, Josh Holder and William Roy.

STAR is the recently renamed Rape Crisis Center, which was founded in 1975.

Its mission is to provide support, education and advocacy to empower all individuals and families affected by sexual trauma, and to engage and mobilize the community to prevent sexual violence. The local 24-hour hotline is (225) 383-7273.

The “Hunks in Heels” included:

CHRIS BROOKS: DIG magazine associate publisher.

ERIC DEXTER: Execupay Inc.

LEE GUILBEAU: BREC Perkins Road Park, Chimes Street Yoga.

JESSE HOGGARD: Forum 35 president, Louisiana Technology Park

ADAM KNAPP: Baton Rouge Area Chamber CEO.

PHILLIP LAFARGUE: Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

ORHAN MCMILLIAN: managing partner dezinsINTERACTIVE

DAVE NUSSBAUM: WBRZ meteorologist.

CASEY PHILLIPS: Walls Project executive director.

DAVE REMMETTER: Chelsea’s Café, Cuban Liquor.

PAT SHINGLETON: WBRZ chief forecaster.

CHRIS TYSON: LSU Law Center.