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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I’m on Apple News!!

Y’all!!!!!!! I’m super excited about this! I guess people really do read my Runway Monday posts! LOL

I’d like to give a special thank you to Warith Niallah of FTC Publications for reaching out about posting an article based on my last Runway Monday post, How to Determine Your Model Rate. I’m juiced that this post resonated with him because I think it’s really important for freelance models to take charge of their ability to make money, and I hope that my post can help someone to determine how much they should be charging for their services. Know your worth, models!

So, Warith’s article is on two different platforms, which you can see below. Please check them out! 💋

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Runway Workshop

Join me as I host a runway workshop with Bay Plus Show & Expo CEO, Samantha Davis in Oakland on June 8th!

Register today!

My Runway Tips vs. Naomi Campbell

When I think about a supermodel, Naomi Campbell is the first name that comes to mind. She is known for her walk, so let’s put her up against my regular runway technique tips.

Naomi Campbell rocks the runway

First thing I notice when I watch Naomi is that she walks with intent. She has a lot of life throughout her body and face.

She walks at an even pace with a long stride.

The movement is in the even sway of her arms, and her consistent strut – not in her head and shoulders.

She uses her pockets!

She stops at the tip for her photos. (Although I instruct models to stay for 3 sec, Naomi doesn’t spend much time there.)

She’s confident, and having fun!

Comment below and let me know what you think of Naomi’s runway walk. Until next week … see you on the runway!

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Hello, 2017!

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 #WalkInLifeLikeOnTheRunway

 

Check 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. 

 

 

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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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