On The Catwalk For A Cause

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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)!

ef vanessa1You all know I love a great jumpsuit! I immediately gravitated toward this Simone Strapless Peplum Jumpsuit! What a beautiful color, no?!

ef rachel2Talk about a hot date night dress! Rachel in the Kailey Sleeveless A-line dress (from Saks website: Geometric Lace Dress) and  Lloyd Bonded Faux Leather Jacket.ef ef3She was the Queen of the Runway!!

ef ef2A dapper gentleman with a lovely lady on his arm. She is wearing the Printed Silk Tunic Top.

ef ef1He had so much personality! What a charmer! She is wearing Jenifer Boatneck Asymmetrical dress topped with the Marcelle Two-Tone Blazer.

ef rachelHere’s Rachel again in the Darin Moto Jacket , Brea Drape-Front Tank, Travis Faux-Front Leggings and Diane von Furstenberg Metallic Envelope Clutch.

ef ef4Here I am again in the Jaklyn Crossover Draped Blouse and Josa Geometric Print Jacquard Skirt!

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!





13 thoughts on “On The Catwalk For A Cause

    acroom90 said:
    September 18, 2014 at 3:13 am

    ¥ou looked so fabulous! What a great event!


    lovestreetfashion said:
    September 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    The guy in blue shirt look like true model. What a look!


    mattshortywells said:
    September 10, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Fairy tails can come true…
    It can happen to you…
    If you’re young at heart…

    Living the dream! Great post.


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      September 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

      thanks so much! and thanks for reading, matt! great to have some male eyes on the blog 😉


        mattshortywells said:
        September 10, 2014 at 5:04 am

        Well you’re a fun blogger to read. I’d read one that night I “cyber stalked” you and I like your authentic writing style.

        Name’s Shorty btw 😉

        Liked by 1 person

    Baby T Fashion Diaries said:
    September 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

    aww your absolutely adorable. Loved reading this quote. You look amazing! I would have loved to walk the catwalk and strut my stuff with you!! 🙂


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      September 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

      That would be too fun! So glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks so much for reading and for your continued support! xoxo


    Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) said:
    September 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    OH. MY. GOD. Vanessa, you girl rock, looking sooooo hot and beautiful up there. So proud of you. That red jumpsuit is gorgeous, the color on you is just soooo amazing, I love love love all this. Also gotta say it, sharing your model-story was so inspiring! loved this post ❤ You are simply stunning, all the time. Kisses and keep it up xoxoxo


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      September 10, 2014 at 4:41 am

      Girl. You are killing me with the kindness! I cannot say thanks enough for all of your words of encouragement and support. YOU ROCK!


    Islara Vazquez said:
    September 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome! Great job! You looked beautiful!


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      September 10, 2014 at 4:42 am

      Thank you, Islara!! There’s another little fashion show coming up later this month! It’s on handbags! Let me know if you want to come!!


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