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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Raggedy arms are all too common as models strut down the catwalk. Here are a few tips I give my coaching clients…
1. Natural Arm Swing
It’s more common than not to see models walking with uneven arms, meaning that one arm is swinging harder than the other. The proper swing would be a natural forward/back sway at the sides of the body, or a smooth side-to-side sway behind the body. Either way works, it’s really a preference of the model. The key here is to watch yourself in a mirror or on video to see if you have uneven arms, and balance out the swing.
2. Hand on Hip
Hands on hips are very common at the tip of the runway, however some models like to walk with one or two hands on hips as well. I personally, do not recommend walking with two hands on hips for your entire walk to the tip because it then becomes a crutch. So, I suggest two options: One hand on hip with the other hand naturally swinging at your side, or natural arm swing and one or two hands on hips at the tip.
NOTE: Hands on the hip are generally on the waist, not the actual hip. Also, the placement should be solid and intentional, and not halfway. It’s either on the hip, or it’s not!
3. Pocket Placement
Placing hands in pockets is a great way to highlight a garment, and give you as the model something to do with your hands. Feel free to use one or both hands in the pockets while walking or at the tip (unless they’re back pockets on pants). Remember, to place the hands lightly — no one wants to see your balled up fists stuffed in the pockets. Slide your hands into the pockets, keeping your thumb on the outside, and elbows back. Can’t have those elbows swinging!
Comment below and let me know your thoughts on these tips for amazing arms on the catwalk! Hope they come in handy at your next fashion show!
Runway modeling is not a hard industry to break into. Especially, if you live in a big city there are countless opportunities for aspiring models to hit the runway. However, a booked show does not equate to professionalism. Check out the list of biggest mistakes amateur models make. If you’re doing any of these, you most likely have some learning to do.
Bringing improper shoes
Inexperienced models often bring their highest or trendiest shoes, but these aren’t always the easiest to walk in, or slip on and off quickly. If providing their own shoes, models should bring shoes that that can be changed easily, and will allow for a strong strut.
Wrinkling/soiling designer garments
Returning a designer garment with makeup or deodorant stains is unacceptable. And, sitting in a designer outfit after it’s been freshly pressed is another no no. Once dressed, STAND backstage until it’s showtime, and bring face guards to protect the garment from makeup and other stains.
Walking too slow or too fast is another common mistake new models make. Unless directed, it’s not necessary to walk to the beat of the music, however a nice, even pace is always appreciated.
If you find yourself doing any of the things listed above, you’re still on your way to becoming a professional. Don’t fret! Feel free to contact me for runway coaching, and stay tuned each week for more Runway Monday! 😘
At the start of each year, I imagine where I would be on December 31st of that year…who will be in my life?who will no longer be in my life?where will I live?what am I proud of?what did I learn?2016 had a few bumps in the road, but I made it through, I accomplished, I conquered, and I learned. As 2017 begins, I’m excited for the opportunities to come, and I challenge myself to walk in my strongest confidence, to be unapologetically me, trust my gut, and no longer care what others’ think about me. Those are my big goals for this year, and I expect be that and more! We can do it together! No more fear, stand strong, walk boldly, and take no mess! #STRUT #WalkInLifeLikeOnTheRunwayCheck out my vid below. It is a reminder to me of the confidence I exude when I’m walking in my purpose and passion. This is how I will walk through life.
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! 😉
Another great two hour Beginner Runway Workshop: LA Fashion Week Edition in Hollywood on Feb 27th. We had a six-model turnout, and one even traveled all the way from New Mexico! They’re already asking about the next one. I love what I do!
Congrats to the ladies who attended!
Special thanks to NTG Photographer Nick Woods of Angle & Attitude Photography for the photos, and Brandi Allen for assisting with music, etc.
Check out pics below!
How many of us have judged someone based on what we see? Have you ever assumed someone’s life was so great, or believed that someone was a horrible person just by a glimpse of them? I certainly have. Most of us have. But you never really know what’s going on with another person unless they tell you; everything. You think you know, but you really have no idea.Are they really as happy as they seem? Do they really have it all together? Are they really as bad of a person that you feel? What’s truly on a person’s mind when you see their face?I saw this story online, and found it to be so interesting. Pleasetreat people well. Things aren’t always as they seem. You never know a person’s mindset, nor what they’re dealing with outside of what you see. So, before you label, judge, or assume … or when you make a decision to insult, go off, bully, cuss out, manipulate, use, disrespect, or mistreat someone; think about the story below. Pray for those you love… and even those who hurt you.
“It was a Wednesday afternoon when I walked into Starbucks that day nearly six years ago. I stood at the bar, waiting for my drink, when the barista politely asked me what I was up to that day. As it turns out, I was en route to the airport at that moment…about to catch a flight to Italy with my husband. After a brief minute of chatting, the barista handed me my coffee and wished me a nice trip. ‘But then again’, she said ‘why wouldn’t you…your life is golden!’
I’ll admit…the gold star was nice. But at the same time, the words knocked the wind out of me. She wasn’t being rude. She wasn’t being sarcastic. In fact, she was being totally genuine. And that’s the part that really took my breath away.
Because here’s the thing…
This lovely girl saw me for all of five minutes a day. Usually all dressed up on the way to my full-time job at one of the country’s most prestigious art galleries. Or with my camera in hand to photograph two people in love. Or, yes, on my way to Italy for ten days to celebrate my anniversary. This is what she saw. Therefore, this is what she knew.
And truth be told, there is darkness in this kind of knowledge. Especially now, when so many of our connections happen only five minutes at a time…fully filtered and perfectly hash tagged. In our defense though, it’s not entirely our fault. That battle we’re fighting…those rough days were having…they don’t tend to translate very well when you have twenty people in line behind you for coffee or a hundred and forty characters to spell out your day.Honestly, what was I going to tell my barista?‘Yes, we’re flying to Europe. I just miscarried our baby…we had a terrifying health scare…I’m suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder…and we’re feeling pretty far from God right now. So, yeah, going to Italy seemed as good a place as any to just run away from our life and justifiably eat gelato twelve times a day.’No. I wasn’t going to tell her this. Because shocking total strangers into oblivion is a bit harsh and cruel. Especially when she’s the girl in charge of making your coffee every day.But I did spend the entirety of that flight wondering; about our sense of authenticity…our collective vulnerability…our polished identity. And it made me feel like a total fraud. Because I’m not any of those things that this girl sees on the other side of her coffee bar.If I showed up one morning, wearing my most ragged and scarred self…it would be a very different girl staring back at her [and she would likely feel inclined to serve me alcohol instead of coffee!]…Because I was bullied a lot as a teenager.I’m afraid of thunderstorms.I spend an absurd amount of time worrying about what other people think of me.My biggest challenge in life is letting go of people. Even if they hurt me.I hide behind my humor for fear that people won’t accept me without it.I feel like I have failed as a daughter.I try to avoid big groups so that I won’t feel like the invisible one among it.I’m insanely self-conscious of my smile.I feel like I’m an easy person to walk away from in life…and it haunts me on a daily basis.I almost always operate under the assumption that I care more about everyone else than they do about me.I unfollow people on Instagram if their life seems too perfect because it makes me feel inadequate.I feel like a terrible mother pretty much all the time.I hate emptying the dishwasher.Every day, I’m afraid that my husband is going to wake up and finally realize how much crazy he married.I thank God for every day that he doesn’t!I don’t like to try new foods…so I travel with my own jar of peanut butter.I want to write a book so badly that it hurts. But I’m afraid of people telling me that my life was never worth telling.I struggle, every single day, with feeling like I’m enough. Skinny enough. Funny enough. Good enough.And I cry. A lot.I highly doubt I would get a gold star for any of this. But, now, six years later, I do know one thing for sure; that even with all of my frailty…all of my fears…and all my faults…none of those things make my life any less golden.
Scars tell stories. Scars mean survival. Scars mean you showed up for the fight instead of running from it.
And we’ve all got them…even the sweet girl serving my coffee. She’s fighting her own battle…defending her own front line…struggling in her own way.
And maybe it’s not about collecting gold stars for the perceived reality we give the world on Facebook…but it’s about the purple hearts we get for living bravely among the real one.
Because life requires guts…it requires bravery…and it requires vulnerability.
So, buy your coffee…wear your scars proudly…and carry on, dear soldier…
She has walls because she’s been stabbed before, those walls have built higher standards. She’s looking for a man that won’t crumble when he hears the word commitment or consistency. She finally realized that all of those sorrys should have been goodbyes, and that she was only holding on because she still felt it. What she felt was pain & pain isn’t validation that he deserves a spot in her life anymore. She was tired of being ‘used to’ that. She doesn’t want someone perfect, because love isn’t perfect. She wants [someone] worth it & a man that won’t force her to prove her own worth. She’s ready to give love a second chance because the cheap love of her past doesn’t define her as a woman. She realized that her past of what she’s been through has made her ready & capable to meet someone who stays. That the heartbreaks & damage was a test so she didn’t settle for cheap. Words mean nothing [from] a man that can’t follow with action. She’s not willing to make the same mistakes anymore. – @Pinelopis
I’m ready to open my heart again, with new qualifications…