“I haven’t seen a walk like that since Jurassic Park!”
As a new resident in San Antonio I am always shocked at the metropolitan life so far removed from my
country po’ dunk upbringing. Case and point->>San Antonio Fashion Week. This year I had the opportunity to model an avant-garde look (sounds so fancy) for the “Classics Re-Done” Toni & Guy Hairshow segment and it was quite an experience. Between the runway walks, hair dress rehearsals, and getting acquainted with the “model mentality“, I had a blast and felt so inspired!
The whole process took about 3 weeks. Brainstorming about styles, regrouping, starting over from scratch and picking models (
which I’m sure it’s hard to do rejecting someone outright because they don’t LOOK or walk a certain way, #coldblooded) To have all of these moments add up to three minutes and forty seconds (and a few hundred pictures.) CRAY!!
It was a pressure cooker backstage. All I heard was new age dubstep and technicians yelling “HAIRSPRAAAAY!” Then I realize that I actually needed to get my hair done-and yes it was a hot mess! Straightening my hair is the DEVIL. True story! Anyways, afterwards we got started on the mile-high creation atop my head seen above. I was trying to be “cool, calm, and collected” but after a few hours of having ten pounds of weave and wiring braided onto my head my neck was in the #struggle. I SAT AS STILL AS POSSIBLE FOR TWO HOURS because the stylists put so much time and effort into making the braided mohawk of glory and (knowing my clumsy self) I would bump into something, get stuck in the bathroom (that’s happened…don’t even ask), trip over some air when it slips under my feet, etc.
It’s not often that you get to meet someone genuine. I feel as if the Toni & Guy stylists from the Shops at La Cantera, the creative directors, the producers, etc, we’re all there. Truly THERE. Completely present. I’m so used to a world that only remembers an event because of the forty second video and pics posted on Instagram. And while I LOVE social media, I further enjoyed the stylists and fashionistas alike digging deep into their creative thought and being whole-hearted and PASSIONATE about their craft. When is the last time you saw someone do something they love from the heart?
Either way walking the runway was amazing…..for like thirty seconds I felt like a movie star. I just wanted to thank everyone who made the day possible.
Photos from Semon Photography-> Check her out! https://www.facebook.com/semontamphotography