I admit, when I was younger, I wanted to be a model. The clothes! The make-up! The exotic photo shoots! I would’ve eaten it up! But that wasn’t in the cards for me.
The closest I came to modeling was in high school as a “Gayfer Girl” for a local department store. Model measurements were not required. But it was a pretty select group and we did do a few fashion shows. One of them was kind of a big deal–it was even held in a casino showroom/concert hall with a huge stage, fancy lights and high-tech sound system. Trust me, it was big time. 😉
Then in college, I tried out for the school’s Fashion Board–twice! And I didn’t make it–twice! The following year an actual board member encouraged me to try out again. I respectfully declined. I figured I’m not going to make it a college goal to be on the Fashion Board (my pride may have kicked in a little as well), so I moved on with my life. Kind of.
I hadn’t had enough rejection yet, apparently! After college I decided I just HAD to be on America’s Next Top Model. It was time for my big break! So, I auditioned. My tape must’ve gotten lost in the mail because they never called me back. hmmph! Tyra, if you’re in search of middle-aged models, you know where to find me!
Needless to say, I’ve given up on that teenage dream. But, I did have a chance to get back on the “catwalk” for a good cause recently. My blogger friend, Rachel (from To Hell in a Handbag), and I got beautified by Laura Mercier experts and showed off some new fall looks from BCBG Max Azria at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham.
It was all in support of The Exceptional Foundation, which is an amazing local nonprofit organization. They provide the mentally and physically challenged with social and recreational activities that aren’t always provided by schools or the community in general.
Some members of The Exceptional Foundation had a chance to work the runway as well and they were rock stars!! They had so much fun and it was such an amazing event to be part of and to witness.
Now, mind you…as much as I wanted to be a model in the past, I am pretty self-conscious about my “strut.” I have scoliosis, so I can look a little lopsided if you look closely. Maybe those fashion board judges looked closely. Regardless, I just sucked it up (and sucked everything in) and tried to make Right Said Fred proud. Here are some pics from the event!
All photos are courtesy of Birmingham area photographers Eric and Jamie from EJ Photography. They were kind enough to share their pictures with me and I think they did a great job (plus, I think their prices are pretty reasonable if you’re looking for a photographer)!
You all know I love a great jumpsuit! I immediately gravitated toward this Simone Strapless Peplum Jumpsuit! What a beautiful color, no?!
A dapper gentleman with a lovely lady on his arm. She is wearing the Printed Silk Tunic Top.
If you’re interested in donating to the Exceptional Foundation, click here.
Being part of a worthwhile cause was really the icing on the cake. It was all such a fun time! And who knows, you may even see more of me on the runway in the future!