UCF students are volunteering their modeling talents to raise funds for the Catalyst Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to fight human trafficking in Vietnam.

On Sunday, about 15 models will volunteer at the Charity Studio Shootout, where local photographers can use a 6,000-square-foot studio for photoshoots.

According to the event's Facebook page, volunteer hair and makeup artists will be available, and all proceeds made from the photographers' registration fees will be donated to the foundation.

The charity's organizer, Elizabeth Le, a senior biomedical sciences major, models for fun in her spare time, and wanted to gather her other UCF friends who model to volunteer their time and skills for charity.

Le, who was also the philanthropy chair for this year's local Miss Vietnam beauty pageant, helped raise $1,100 for the Make A Wish Foundation last year.

But for this year's charity, Le wanted to give back to her country of origin.

"I wanted something that would actually benefit people in Vietnam," Le said, adding that she still feels tied and connected to the country. So far, Le said she has raised about $1,500 toward the Catalyst Foundation.

The shootout will be held at Studio One on International Drive from noon to 4 p.m.


Nada Hassanein is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @nhassanein_ or email her at

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