It's time for fashion week and Levi is joining me this time.
I am so excited to tell you all the exciting things that happened last year!! Below I am attaching a blog post I wrote after fashion week two years ago to give you a glimpse into back stage and what we do. I am also writing a short testimony from past years as well.
So, the more I go to fashion week with Models for Christ the more I see God working. My friend Grace and I met a fashion blogger who was hardly recognized the first year we met. He is now working with vogue and other amazing affiliations. We have built a relationship with him where he will message us and ask for prayer and asks about faith etc. Every year we meet for coffee and talk about God and why we come year after year to show Gods love. This is just one story of God’s grace and the amazing work He does through us while representing Him at Fashion Week. We have also had the opportunity to do crazy things such as giving Kendall Jenner a bible with her name engraved on it. I know this is not a conventional missions trip, but these people NEED Jesus as badly as anyone!
In February I attended my third fashion week, working back stage is like nothing you would expect.
Growing up I thought that being a model or a designer would just be full of Glamour. I thought it was a walk in the park, and that girls/guys in that industry lived this bountiful stress-free life just because genetics dealt them a good hand, I mean we have all envied the beautiful woman we see plastered on rehearsal, Instagram, TV etc. maybe not just for looks but for numerous untold reasons.
But I am here to say that these girls work so hard! There is so much blood and tears that go into fashion week. These girls, most under the age of 20 (some as young as 16) run from show to show and sometimes are booked for two shows at the same time. As they frantically scramble to make it to do the shoe rehearsal rehearsal before the show someone is yelling at them, "why is your make up not done, where are your shoes!!".
I mean, imagine for a second you are in a room full of 20-100 people (depending on the show) and people just start ripping your clothes off and someone is putting your tights on for you, your clothing, and your shirt for you. Imagine the camera crew, who is not allowed in the changing area, but they act as if it has no boundaries. Continuously being asked to leave while the girls get ready. A sense of dignity is lost for anyone.
Models do work hard.
One of the shows I saw a model who did not fit in her shoes, tears welled up in her eyes as she struggled to squeeze her feet into shoes two sizes too small. Her feet were already swollen from the three other shows she had worked in the last ten hours and has blisters on the back of her feet, beginning to bleed. Let me be clear the stylists are not inhuman and it’s not like they do not care but sometimes there is literally just no other options, and the show has to go on.
Going into the first fashion week I thought I would be filled with envy or even a desire to trade places with them just for a day. Now, I walk out of those shows with major respect for these girls and compassion. They are strong, beautiful and super hard working.
They have real issues, just like everyone else. They have insecurities, feel invaluable and completely unseen. I have heard a girl laugh and say, "I wasn't always a model, I used to be human." Not every model feels this way, but its import to see how real they are, models are not just a pretty face in beautiful clothing.
I thank God for this opportunity to meet so may interesting and strong woman. I love to give these girls a gift card to Starbucks at the end of working with them with a bible verse in it, and the shock that spreads across their face is day changing!
1 Samuel 16:7
"Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart."
I am learning not to be quick to judge my fellow woman, not to label them according to style or beauty. All of us struggle all of us work hard, all of us deserve respect and the chance to be known.
- Richard Norman
- Brian Miller
- David Helmer
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