Here’s the story of my one-night modeling career.
On Friday, November 18th, I was in a fashion show. Yes, at 5’2’’ and with no modeling experience, I made it into a fashion show at a luxury department store, Lord & Taylor. Crazy right? Well, before you ask, let me explain. No, this wasn’t comparable to New York Fashion Week or even the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but let me be honest, I thought it was a pretty big deal. Every year, the senior class at my high school participates in a fashion show, showcasing the amazing clothes that Lord & Taylor has to offer. Lucky for me, this year was my year. Naturally, I was stoked to rock an amazing outfit down the runway.
Here are the top 5 things I learned after being in my first fashion show:
- Be willing to wear just about anything! Picking out the ~perfect~ outfit is not as easy as it seems. Luckily, the participating students got to have a say in the outfit they would like to wear down the runway. Even though I gravitated towards the clothes that looked like something I would wear on any given day, I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something completely unexpected. So, when I was shown a bright blue faux fur jacket, I was excited, but unsure if I could pull it off. But I went for it, and I am so happy I did!
- Walking down the runway is scarier than it seems. While I’m constantly taking pictures modeling my outfits for my instagram in public, there was something different about walking down the runway, knowing all eyes are on you. While I was a bit nervous, I embraced the moment and had a great time showing off my over-the-top outfit.
- If you are wearing layers, you are going to be hot. Of course I felt glamorous in my furry jacket, but I could not ignore the fact that I was sweating underneath. While I loved my layers, I was a bit jealous of those who wore a sleeveless shirt or dress. I definitely have a newfound respect for the models who can pull of wearing three layers without appearing to care whatsoever.
- Be prepared to wait…and wait…and wait. If you are scheduled to walk 50th out of 70 people, you will be waiting a long time for your turn. While you may be happy to have a little time to prepare yourself for the big moment, the dreaded anticipation will definitely be difficult to bypass! On the other hand, if you walk down the runway in the first few minutes, you may be relieved to be done, but you will have to wait for the others to go. The point is, patience is key, no matter when your turn is!
- Have fun with your friends and enjoy every moment! If you are in an unconventional fashion show with friends or peers like I was, don’t take it too seriously! I am by no means a model, so I took it upon myself to make my first (and possibly only) fashion show memorable. During our show, we got to make up our own poses, so many people decided to go for a funny, cute pose that entertained the audience. While our main job was to present the clothes from Lord & Taylor, we were encouraged to add a fun twist here and there.
See ya on the runway!