Behind the Scene

Founder/CEO

Shukura Porter is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. As a young child embedded in fashion titled as little miss North Carolinas national pageant winner, every dress she wore her mother hand made. Life in pageantry geared her future in fashion and her mother Josephine Porter was always a fashionable inspiration. During high school Shukura learned to sew from her mother and fashion club. She met a good friend of the family that recommended her work to a local Nigerian seamstress. Shukura became a ghost designer for the seamstress, creating African wedding dresses. During her time at The International Academy of Deign & Technology for fashion design and merchandising in Tampa FL, she became an intern for Saks Fifth Ave and produced her first in store fashion show in 2007. Finally in 2013 Shukura returned to Charlotte as a fashion designer and partnered with IKEA to create an Avant-garde recyclable garment of Art to help bring awareness to the IKEA Foundation and its brand. She made parade dance teams outfits to prom dresses, but a major focus was being the BOH director for many great local productions such as Fashion D’Lux and others.

She later created her own fashion production show called The Fashion Excursion LLC in 2016; partnered with Sax Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms and other well known high fashion stores and brands. Each show gave back to a different charity, such as The National Brain Tumor Society. Shukura’s production was seen on Roku TV, YouTube, Spectrum Channel 21 and more. Her production at the local Porsche dealership in Charlotte was a hit that set the bar higher for herself. Meanwhile she helped produce shows on the NYFW ( New York Fashion Week) and LFW ( London Fashion Week ) stages for well know designers, such as New York brand and International designer Premal Badiani.

MEET THE TEAM

Executive Assistant
Jeff Hoyle
Jeff graduated from Paul Mitchell Charlotte and is now the proud owner of Salon 914 in Charlotte NC. Jeff has traveled to California for the OSCARS and CMA’s many times as a celeb hair stylist for the red carpet, partnered with celeb makeup artist Tiffany Hudson Herrmann, owner of Sheree Cosmetics. Jeff is also Farbe Magazines best hair stylist award winner for 2019 and 2021.
FOH DIRECTOR
Traci Harbison
A super woman at heart. Traci serves her community through multiple charities and events. She is also a proud mother of 3, and manages her daughter Shelby Brown through her pageant career full time.
MODEL INSTRUCTOR
Shelby Brown
Shelby was born and raised in Albermarle NC and has taken the pageant scene by storm. She has a deep history within pageantry and has walked dozens of designer runways. There are numerous titles Shelby has recently received such as ACHI Magazine Award winner 2020, MISS NC COSMOS UNITED STATES 2020 and MISS SOUTH CHARLOTTE USA 2021. She has a dream of becoming MISS USA!
SUCCESS COACH / MODEL AFFAIRS
Jasmine Porter
Jasmine has joined The Fashion Excursion to serve our models mental health and success for their personal careers. Mental health is always one of the major keys within modeling, we encourage positive energy and care about our models! She is a native of Fayetteville NC and earned her degree in psychology from Wingate University. Jasmine is also proud owner of Jazzy Paws & Polish, animal services!
HAIR/ MUA
Paul Mitchell School Charlotte We have been partnered with Paul Mitchell since day one. We enjoy exposing the students to fast paced environments and partner them with high standing well known local designers and retail.
PHOTOGRAPHER
Todd Youngblood
VIDEOGRAPHER/PHOTOGRAPHER
DS Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER
Emmanuel Toussaint