Renyatta Leigh Finney Crowned Miss Fashionetta

Monday, December 30, 2013

The 24th triennial Fashionetta debutante ball was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center, sponsored by the Pi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Fifty-eight girls in grades 3-12 participated in the Fashionetta cultural enrichment program, which culminates in the presentation.

Latrice Currie-Tucker and Dr. Paul Smith emceed the gala.  

Renyatta Leigh Finney was crowned Miss Fashionetta by 1968 Miss Fashionetta Juliette Thornton.  Miss Finney attends Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences.

Little Miss Debutante is Alesha Auls and attends Spring Creek Elementary School.

Junior Debutante is Faith Willis, of Loganville, Ga., and attends Tucker High School. 

The event benefits the Ivy Rose Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AKA sorority.


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