Well, now we are finally getting to know each other and everyone is a bit more relaxed. According to Mark it takes 30 hours of training on the runway to get it right. It’s like muscle memory, so that when you are nervous, you just do it without even having to think. Mark is the ultimate professional. He knows just how to make a woman feel wonderful about herself, and how to encourage someone without embarrassing them. In fact, he does it in such a loving manner, you can’t help but fall in love with him. We are so grateful to have such a kind soul working with us Over Fifty women because we are probably a bit more reserved and shy because in our culture, women Over Fifty are not thought of as sexy, or model-esque, or even as stylish. However, Fashion Over Fifty is going to change that one woman at a time if necessary.
Day Two is about refining what we learned on Day One. It’s about knowing on which foot to start. It’s about knowing how to pivot on one foot, which means balance. A lot of us don’t practice balance which is not only important in modeling but in every day life as we get older. It’s about trying to put it all together so that you don’t fall or look silly. That is why doing more than one day of training is very important. Practice makes perfect.
This is Peggy. Her mom always wanted her to be a model, but she chose being a lawyer instead. Probably the smarter move. However, our motto is: “It’s never too late!!” which is another wonderful thing about this program. It is a chance for these women to live out a dream that they may never have had the chance to have. After all, what little girl doesn’t dream of being a model or a ballerina one day? Peggy at the time had just turned 60. Where did she get that gorgeous skin?
Meet Susan. Susan lives in the building where we were practicing. She was so intrigued with what we were doing that she asked if she could join in. We said,”of course, why not?” Susan ended up being ecstatic by the time of the show and was so happy that her two daughters got to see her model in a real fashion show!!
This is Wilma, who at the time was 77 at the time. Not our oldest model by a long shot. Wilma is a great role model for every woman. At 77 she didn’t miss a beat. She loves to travel, play cards, visit with her 4 children and 8 grand kids. She is the woman about town and finally let her natural gray hair grow in. She looks so chic with the color and style of her hair, she is mad that she didn’t do it sooner.
This is Blanche. Blanche is taking this modeling job seriously, just like she does in her real job of selling real estate. Blanche had lots of brothers and sisters and always grew up with hand me downs. So even to this day, she appreciates having new clothes. Blanche feels that when she dresses nicely she adds to the landscape that people look at on a day to day basis. She feels that if she dresses nicely she is adding to the beauty of the landscape and feels this is an important aspect of life.
Meet Laurel. Laurel is one of our more educated models with her Masters in Education. She is a valuable contributor to her community and volunteers at several organizations. What she really wants people to know about her is that she loves her sister and considers her sister to be so important in her life. Maybe next time your sister would like to join in too? Laurel always had a smile and was her energy was infectious. Once she started trying on clothes, the fun really began!!
Meet Carole. Another one of our models in her 70’s. It’s really hard to tell how old women are today when they take good care of themselves. She was gracious enough to let us use the party room in her condo and she even provided coffee and snacks. A gracious hostess is the understatement, and as it was our first fashion show, I was so grateful to have her support. Carol loves to travel and is a wonderful artist. Another perk of doing these shows is that many of us stay friends. I was able to attend one of Carol’s art shows after the fashion show, and not only is she a great model, but she is a great artist as well. Along with being beautiful too.
Meet Anne. Anne has something that gives her an edge right away. She is tall and beautiful!! Aside from that she has worked in a Foundation that provides Hospice Care to the gravely ill and dying patient. There is no greater or higher calling than doing this. Anne is dedicated to providing comfort to the sick and dying. As a Registered Nurse, I am truly grateful for the work that she does because I too worked with dying patients and was at the bedside of numerous patients when they passed. But, despite the seriousness of what Anne does, she is really fun to be around. She also had a great time modeling for Fashion Over Fifty.