Saturday October 10: busy.
1:00 p.m. – Report backstage at The Holiday Galleria, a Junior League of Wichita event taking place in the Expo Hall at Century II.
2:00 p.m. – Showtime. Model three looks for Apricot Lane: casual, sporty and formal. Everything went smoothly.
2:45 p.m. – Done and looking for my car that I conveniently parked far away without taking a mental note as to where I left it.
backstage at the Holiday Galleria – clothes from Apricot Lane
3:00 p.m. (roughly) – Join the dress rehearsal at The Cotillion (which started at 2) for the ArtAID show. ArtAID benefits Positive Directions and proceeds help people living with HIV/AIDS. The dress I’m modeling has been shortened and I am now wearing two pairs of underwear for safe measures. Roll with the punches.
4:00 p.m. – Hair and makeup begins. One room is flooded with models getting their hair done by stylists from ABLS Paul Mitchell salon. Boys are also being sprayed with glitter. The makeup room is filled with MAC geniuses. My hair is voluminous and detailed with tiny crimps, and my whole face is shiny. Everyone is beginning to look fabulous.
6:15 p.m. – Get back into my awesome black dress accented with white paper plates, which was created by Liley. Return to the hair room for touch ups and a paper plate beret.
…and the waiting game begins…
7:00 p.m. – Doors to the event open and the live auction starts shortly after.
Models backstage are garnished in outfits crafted out things ranging from newspapers to barbie doll heads. I have now been advised to wear Spanx over my two pairs of underwear. The carpet is covered in gold glitter. Everyone backstage sings happy birthday to one of the dancers and cake is being passed around. Our hair is big and our excitement is bigger.
9:00(ish) p.m. – The show begins. It includes singing, dancing and fashion.
I walk in scene two. Despite safety measures I am positive the audience saw 100% of my cellulite and part of my butt. Honestly, it’s okay. The energy of the entire show was amazing. The crowd was constantly cheering and everyone backstage was awesome. Any show that can make you feel okay about one of your biggest insecurities (cellulite) while walking on an elevated runway is one that is completely worthwhile in my opinion.
The entire show ends everyone who participated taking a final perimeter around the runway then clapping and dancing on stage.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of both events I participated in yesterday. Thanks Alleigh Allen (owner of Models & Images) for believing in my ability to be in both shows in the same day. xo