If you follow the blog, you will remember the post Fashion and Disability in which I shared my experience of attending a fashion show and wondered what it would be like for someone like me to walk the runaway. That post was then followed up by this Be careful what you blog, it might just happen and now I will talk about the ACTUAL FASHION SHOW!!!!
I will try to make this as short as possible cause I know everyone wants to see the pictures. Be patient, i’ll get there soon ;-).
A month before the show, I went for the fitting and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The dress was beyond gorgeous and the best part was it wasn’t finished yet so you can only imagine my excitement when I tried it on. The dress was perfect!!! Designed by the very talented Rhoda of Mad About Prints with RKM.
I don’t wear make-up at all. In fact I can actually count the number of times I have worn make-up in my life. The most I will do is lipstick simply. This was my first time getting professional make-up done and what an experience that was. I felt like a professional model. The make-up artist was Dimple of MUD-Makeup by Dimple and what a talented lady she is.
As you can probably tell from the above picture, I woke a blue wig in the fashion show. My hair at this point was so dry because of the cold weather and had a lot of new growth so this was perfect for me. The hairstyle didn’t need to do much apart from pinning up my hair then placing this wig on me. I thought that was the end but there was one more this, a stunning head piece that had this Egyptian feel to it. I certainly felt like an African queen in that head piece. The hair stylist was another talented lady Shanelle of Shanair hair & elegance.
The day of the show
Oh boy was it cold that day and it was raining too and of course when it rains public transport runs slowly so that made me late. I got rained on on the way so by the time I got to the venue I was freezing to make matters worse there was no heating whatsoever backstage. Luckily I was all rugged up with my coat, gloves and all so for the most part I was ok.
As I was the first model to arrive for our team (I have arrived at 230pm), I was also the first model to get dressed and have pictures taken by the event’s photographer. Hair, make-up and outfit change was done by like 430pm in time to have pictures taken before 6pm. I thoroughly enjoyed having my pictures taken, I felt like I was doing a photo shoot of some sort. From then on I just hang out with the other models in our team till it was turn to walk the runway at 1030pm. Yep it was a long wait but definitely worth every minute. Usually each designer gets just 5mins to showcase because of the nature of the show but because of me, we were awarded 10 minutes which really worked well in our favour.
Walking the runway
I was the last model to walk in our show. At first I was calm as we were queuing up in the back but I got really nervous when we were about to walk on, in fact my heart was racing. I thought I was going to slip and fall because of the adrenaline but I didn’t. I was so nervous as I walked up from backstage but as soon as I hit that runway and heard people’s cheers, I was confident. I cannot explain the feeling I felt. Everyone was looking at me, I was under the spotlight, not sharing the stage with anyone. All eyes were on me. When I got to the end of the runway, there were different flashes everywhere, people taking pictures of meeeeeee WOW!!!! I posed, smiled, turned around and walked off the runway. Below are details of the event plus links to the designer, make-up and hairstylist’s social media pages.
- Event :Raw Melbourne Paramount
- Designer :RKM of Mad about Prints
- Make-up :Dimple of MUD Makeup by Dimple
- Hair :Shanelle of Shanair hair & elegance
Finally here are some pictures from the fashion show.
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Thank you for reading.