Here are some old-ass photos. This fashion show was in October and part of Chicago’s week-long fashion event, Fashion Focus. I was honored to be a part of it. It took place at the Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum.
Here I am without makeup for those of you wondering what I “really” look like. I had had that little black dress since high school and after wearing it this day I gave it to Goodwill. If you look closely, you might be able to see that a seam that is supposed to be under the bust is essentially across the middle of mine. What can I say? I’m tall.
Another photo of me sans ‘up.
This was a unique event. It was definitely the largest fashion show I’ve ever been in in terms of number of designers and models.
As you can see, these photos are by Rockin’ Ray. The line I modeled from is called La Merveille and the designer goes by KD.
This show was a turning point for me. It was when I made the decision to stop pursuing fashion shows and start pursuing $$$$ from promotional modeling instead.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the show. Quite the contrary. It’s just that it was a very long one–I think I was there six hours total, plus the drive was about 30 minutes. I was broke at the time and it just hit me. “I can’t keep doing this for free.” Also, another model there mentioned that she was being paid and it made me feel a little foolish.
Lovely designers! Do you recognize them?
I did two more fashion shows after this one. I’ll write about one soon–the other was disappointing in the sense that I never received photos from it. I enjoyed being a part of it, but when you aren’t being paid one of the main reasons you do it is to get photos. Ah well. I just booked a fashion show for later this month. I don’t want to give it up completely because I think they’re fun and I think they’re good for me, but I’ll probably only do one a month, or even one every other month from here on out. (Unless I magically begin getting many paid opportunities, of course.)