Authentic Runway

I just LOVE this video of the WEAREGCC X VIENNA FASHION WEEK 2018 performance. (And I need to check if this is really from 2018, but just now going viral!)

Designers make clothes for people to wear. So, I love that this designer selected models who are authentic to the line, and would likely actually be the consumers wearing these garments: real women with real bodies living their authentic life. Life incorporates so much more than walking. I don’t know about you, but I dance in my clothes all the time!

This show looked so fun, and I wish I was there to see it in person. Even more, I wish I could join them!

Bravo to the designers, models, and show producers!

Tell me your thoughts below … 👇🏾

See you on the runway!💋

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Shoes Made for Struttin’!

Shoes … they’re a great addition to every outfit! However, when hitting the catwalk, it’s important to have the right shoes (unless provided by the designer). Here are my tips for choosing the right shoes for the runway.

  • 3 to 5-Inch Heels are Best – Unless you’re a young girl, the kitten heel isn’t sexy. However, 6-inch stilettos are not ideal. The higher the heel, the more it affects your walk. In general, 3 to 5-inches is a good range that gives the right look without hindering your strut.
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  • Ankle Support Scores – A simple strap around the ankle can keep your heels from slipping out of the shoe. Simple ankle support is key, 1 buckle, or 1 zipper up the back to minimize time needed to put on or remove shoes.
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  • Simple & Strappy Stilettos – Simple strappy stilettos are always winners! They can be worn with party dresses, gowns, slacks, swimwear … they’re universal! But not too strappy that they distract from the garment. Also, stay away from wedges.
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  • Neutral Colors – Have a solid stiletto heel in black, nude, silver, and gold, and you’re set! Some designers may request a colorful shoe, however you can’t go wrong with these basics.
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  • Platforms – Platforms are definitely not necessary, but they provide extra support on the ball of the foot that comes in handy if you’ll be standing/walking same shoes for a long period of time.
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What to Stay Away From …

  • Too high heels
  • Multiple buckles/ties
  • Slippery/hard to walk in
  • Gaudy/distracting designs
  • Extreme platforms
  • Wedges

What are your favorite shoes to strut in? Let me know in the comments below!

See you on the runway! 💋

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Catwalk Killa!

Let’s evaluate what’s RIGHT about this photo…

Moschino Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear fashion show
  • This gorgeous model is walking one foot in front of the other
  • Her arms are controlled and intentional
  • She has her hand lightly placed in her pants pocket with her elbow held back
  • She is holding the clutch from the top and down to her side
  • There are no distracting undergarments (bra straps, panty lines, etc.)

Beautiful!

What do you love about this photo? Comment below to tell me your thoughts!

See you on the runway! 💋

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Bravo, TommyxZendaya!

I just want to take this Runway Monday opportunity to congratulate Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya on an AMAZING Paris Fashion Week show last week. Zendaya presented her first line for Tommy Hilfiger during PFW, in which all 59 models were African American, including icons such as Grace Jones, Beverly Johnson, and Pat Cleveland. So many shades of melanin, so many body shapes, so many hairstyles! Plus, what an age range, 18-70. Wow! And I really appreciate that these models are having a blast on the runway!!! Love, love, LOVE this!

Plus, I really enjoyed seeing these black iconic models still doing their thing after all these years. Grace Jones!! What energy … I would have never known she was 70 years young! Black don’t crack!

Check out this Huff Post article

Watch this amazing show below!

Now, some of these models could use a little refining… I’m just gonna put this out there: I would LOVE to coach this show next season!

Comment below and let me know your thoughts about this show!

See You on the Runway!

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How to Prepare for a Runway Show

Congrats! You booked a runway show. Now, what do you do?

Pack Your Model Bag

Prepare your model bag with all of the things you know you’ll need: shoes, appropriate undergarments, face cover, baby wipes, fashion tape, clear deodorant, scentless lotion, makeup. Of course, also include anything specifically requested by the designer or show producer.

Body Prep

Be sure to shower, and moisturize. Don’t forget to shave in the appropriate places! If you’ve already gotten your measurements taken or done a fitting, do not gain or lose weight before the show. The designer is counting on you to be the same size to fit the clothing.

Hair/Face Prep

Always arrive at the show with clean hair and face, unless instructed otherwise. It will be more work for hair and makeup team to have to undo what you’ve done in order to prepare you for the show.

Other Prep

Bring zed cards, business cards, photos, etc. so that you can network with other models, designers, or show attendees. Your next gig may come from someone who saw you walk that night!

Comment below and let me know how you prepare for fashion shows. Did you learn anything new from my tips, or am I missing something vital that you always do when you book a show?

See you on the runway!

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Have You Heard? They’re Calling My Name On the Radio!

It’s on again!! Yet another 102.3 KJLH, NTG & Onlavé fashion collaboration!

 

Saturday, August 20th is the Beauty & Fashion Affair, featuring the Strut Your Shade Runway Show produced by NTG & Onlavé.

 

Plus, we’re holding a Model Search this Saturday, July 30th at Sage Hyundai from 12-3p. Judges include actor, Lamon Archey, Ontwanet Moran & Lauren LaGrone of Onlavé Signature Productions, Nicole Spruill of Project Working Model, and yours truly!!

 

We’re looking for STRONG walks with BIG runway presence. Grand prize winner gets $500, and the opportunity to walk in the upcoming Strut Your Shade Runway Show. The winner will be announced on 102.3 KJLH on Monday, August 1st at 5pm.

 

Models, bring two photos, and be prepared to walk!

 

Check out the KJLH radio commercial airing now, in this vid I put together with some added pics! 😉

 

 

Here’s the flyer for more info…

 

KJLH Model Search 2016

 

See you there!

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TWO Runway Workshops Feb 2016 – LAFW Edition

It’s that time of year again! LA Fashion Week (LAFW) is coming back in March. What better way to prepare for LAFW auditions than with one of these two workshops coming up on February 27th in Hollywood, CA:

 

Workshops Feb 2016

ADVANCED Runway Refresher, 12-1p

Perfect your runway walk at this ADVANCED Runway Refresher, and return to STRUT STATUS just days before LAFW auditions begin. This fast-paced, one-hour coaching session is NOT for beginners. Refresh your audition technique, tip skills, and correct walk blunders all in the same time it will take to watch one episode of Scandal!

 

BEGINNER Runway Workshop, 1-3p

Sign up for the Beginner Runway Workshop with Nikol Davis, days before LA Fashion Week auditions begin! Learn how to walk with confidence, get great action photos, and have astrong runway presence through specific techniques only taught here!

 

Space is limited, don’t wait… Register here!

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Yay!! Runway Coaching 3 Shows for LAFW Oct. 2015!!

So blessed and excited to be runway coaching LA Fashion Week events again this October! 

 

First, I’ll be working as Model Director and Runway Coach for Metropolitan Fashion Week on Saturday, October 10th at Warner Bros. Studios! It’s my first time working with MFW, and I’m super excited to be able to work with a brand new client, and meet new models! Tickets can be purchased at www.metropolitanfashionweek.net.

Metropolitan Fashion Week

 

Next, I will be working at LAFW Design Competition’s Design Warz! I am proud to be returning to LAFWDC for the second year in a row as Runway Coach! This time, I’ll also be producing the event! This design competition will feature international emerging designers, and will even feature judge, Urbana Chappa, whose NYFW & LAFW shows I walked in and coached in 2013! This event is also taking place on Saturday, October 17th. Tickets can be purchased at www.lawfdc.com – seats are limited, so get your ticket today!!

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Finally, I’ll be coaching the models for the Sun & Seeds Designs runway show during Style Fashion Week LA. This show will take place on Sunday, October 18th, however the event takes place October 14th-18th. Check out www.stylefashionweek.com to view the schedule.

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I really thank God for these opportunities to utilize the gift that He gave me, and to shine in my purpose! Hope to see you at one of these fabulous events!

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Virgin Islands, Here I Come!!

It’s been years in the making, but thanks to Ishmael Queeley, I will be traveling to the US Virgin Islands to hold my first runway workshop in St. Thomas, and be a featured model in the 6th Annual Fashionista runway show!! St. Thomas is the new fashion capital of the Virgin Islands, and a huge tourist location. I’m super excited to share my runway knowledge with the models of this beautiful, tropical island!

 

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Here’s a breakdown of the weekend of events:

Thursday, July 23rd – Meet & Greet

Friday, July 24th – Runway Workshop & Comedy Show (featuring Michael Colyar & Rodney Perry)

Saturday, July 25th – Hair Show

Sunday, July 26th – Runway Show (hosted by the beautiful Tico Armond and featuring Nikol Davis, Ontwanet Moran, Desiree Glover & Erin Green)

 

To top it all off, I’ll be able to travel with my friends, Ontwanet, and twins, Desiree & Erin… who are all business owners/entrepreneurs (and NTG models, by the way)! We’ll just call it a Girls’ Business Vaycay!! We’ve modeled and choreographed together for years, and between us have years of experience ranging from LA Fashion Week, to New York Fashion Week, to Ebony Fashion Fair, and numerous TV appearances.

 

St. Thomas, here we come! Prepare yourself for a spectacular fashion collaboration between NIKOL Talent Group, Onlave Signature Productions, and Twin of a Kind at Fashionista! This is something you won’t want to miss!

 

Register for my runway workshop in St. Thomas on July 24th by clicking the flyer below.

 

Nikol Davis in St Thomas

 

 

 

 

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