Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pittsburgh Fashion Week Model Search

Pittsburgh Fashion Week 2010 Model Search was held at The Mall at Robinson on Saturday, August 7th during their anual Fall Fashion Affair. It was a bright and sunny day with the light beaming through the middle of the mall's sky light! Models, family and friends came from all over to take part in this monumental event. All Two Hundred and One models were energetic, glowing, stylish and ready to walk that runway to see if they could make it as one of the elite PFW's Models. The models were lined up halfway around the center of the mall waiting to be signaled to file down the escalater to one by one walk the runway before the judges. They were encouraged to be unique and different in their walks, to have fun and be creative!
The founder of Pittsburgh Fashion Week and Pittsburgh's own Elite Model Miyoshi Anderson welcomed the models and their family and friends and kicked off the search with a mock runway walk to show the models how it's really done!!!
The judges were none other than the Assistant Director and Marketing Manager of PFW LaMont Jones, Nicle Widdowson and Jessica Conner from the Pittsburgh Film Office.

As Model & Fitting Stylist of the Runway Committee for PFW I was assigned to take pictures of models for a new and aspiring Pittsburgh designer MJ Whalen whose Futuristic Fashion Line will be featured in the opening event to headline Pittsburgh Fashion Week. It was a pleasure and very exciting for me to do and to work with MJ as she is a petite ball of fire and excitement! She likes the tall and lean but diverse group of models.

The model search was open to adults male and female from the age of 16 and beyond and all sizes and ethnicities. It was also open to agency models
Here are a few of the chosen. A vision of Naomi Campbell

The key to rocking the runway is to be confident and have fun in which these ladies and gentlemen appeared to be very confident!

Know how to WALK the Catwalk! Just look at the form of these leggs!!!

And although all the models were GREAT they could only choose so many there are still opportunities for some to be a part of Fashion Week. Just comment or email me at for a possible opportunity to model.

This is a mother/daughter duo where the daughter was picked but the mother didn't and I'm sure this Hot Mama's not mad at her beautiful daughter who encouraged her to step outside the box and show off her hotness!!!

There are some things you should NOT do when auditioning for runway and that is you DO NOT look like you don't want to be there. As the judges explained,if you look like you don't want to be there then most likely you don't want to be there and the judges will not want you to be there! And you can not look scared!

Although you may be tall, you should never come to a runway model search w/o a pair of heels to walk in! The judges need to see and know that you can walk in heels no matter your natural height! In fact, I wish that I had brought a pair of heels to show 'em how I do it for Plus Size Women on the catwalk! I would never have walked it in flip flops, yes change into them afterwards but never on the runway!

The Commentator/Host of the event was Eric Winnings

As promised there was a fashion show in between while the judges made their decisions. The FALL FASHION AFFAIR featured young, stylish and trendy clothing from several stores in the mall. Some of the models in the search modeled the clothing and they had a little help from some other prospective models.

There were Mall at Robinson gift card giveaways during breaks and $100 gift card giveways every hour when you texted "Robinson" to 55800. So the excitement was in the air! The Mall is also sponsoring Project: Style Seeking Top Trendsetters of which I have entered and you can too at

Ultimately everyone who came out did a great job, they were fun and looked great! Congratulations to those who won and we look forward to seeing you on the Runway in Pittsburgh Fashion Week 2010 September 27-October 3rd.

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