What a day! Modeling was never in my stars, especially at a height of 5′ ft 2″. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get to experience a backstage behind the scenes peek at Fashion Week topped off with my very own walk down the runway. Thanks to an unbelievable invite from Tide Total Care, yesterday was like a dream. (Talk about a way a brand can engage a Mommyblogger huh??) And I survived my walk in spiked heels without turning into total fashion roadkill a la Carrie Bradshaw in the classic Sex & The City episode. De-ramping off the end of the runway in my heels was a bit of a challenge, but luckily I didn’t topple!
What was it like? Ultra bright! The lights were practically blinding. Brighter than you could ever imagine. And at the end of the runway, we paused to get our photo taken by a zillion photographers – think Elle, Vogue, etc. (Unlikely I’ll be ending up in any of those publications!) The “Moms” hopped off the runway to “de-ramp” and sit in the audience for the remainder of the show. The models each had 2 outfits and hit the runway 2x. We just did the walk down to show fashion is for real people too!
How were the models? Awesome! The real models were very kind and gracious about our excitement over the moment and shared some inside tips on walking in heels. Tip: Scuff those shoes and even try to tear the bottoms a bit with a pair of scissors! Insider info: Everyone shares the same lip gloss – especially when the stylists are in a hurry and realize they forgot to finish your lips. Yes, models get naked and change in a gigantic room full of men (press, stylists, etc.) – trust me there was no time to spare for modesty. Fashion shows are all about Hurrying Up and then Waiting. Scuff those heels on the concrete or even use a pair of scissors to scrape the bottoms so you don’t slip. Sadly, one beautiful model from our show lost one blue heel during her walk down the runway. (She kept is together and kept on walking with only one shoe. But obviously, this most be a model’s nightmare!)