Tonight I walked in The Reno Fashion Show by Janice Dickinson at The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. On June 27th, I received an email, from Brian Arnada, stating that I had been selected by one of the designers to walk for the show, despite the fact that I didn't even attend the auditions. Forward a few weeks, and I was in Reno, Nevada for a fitting at Papermoon, and a rehearsal inside the old Saks off 5th store at The Outlets at Sparks.
Janice Dickinson is a celebrity model, actress, photographer, and talent agent. Considered to be one of the first supermodels, Janice was signed with Ford Models and Elite Model Management. She worked with some of the top names in the fashion industry such as Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Versace, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. Her work lives on the covers of numerous magazines: Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, National Enquirer, Star, Simplicity, and Harper's Bazaar. Janice has appeared as a judge on America's Next Top Model and as a host on her own TV series, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.
Whenever I book anything, or go after any client, I always do my research on the client and every person that will be there. Though I already knew who Janice Dickinson was, I decided to research her anyways. During my research, I found some awesome quotes by Janice that are now some of my favorites. "Follow sound business trends, not fashion trends." I can relate to this quote because in my own modeling career, in order to get ahead, I've followed more in the business world than in the modeling world. "If you think I`m over-the-top, I am." Sometimes, you just have to own it, and Janice Dickinson does just that. "I was shaped by my mistakes." I can't tell you how many times people have told me not to do things: Don't do everything on your own, you can't do everything at once, it's not worth it.... Everything I've ever done in my life I've accomplished by making the mistakes myself and learning from the experience. I love these quotes by Janice, and reading them made me respect her work even more.
My mom and brother joined me on the trip, and we stayed free-of-charge at Harrah's Reno. From our hotel view, I marveled the giant rock climbing wall across the street. Someday, that'll be me up there.
Since the runway show didn't start till late at night, we planned to head over to RockSport with our cousin Kim. It was awesome getting to teach Nick and Kim how to belay and climb. My mom only seemed slightly worried that I didn't have enough experience to be teaching others, but the owner reassured her that I was doing it right. After teaching the two monkeys how to swing up the wall, we swung back by the hotel to grub and grime before heading out.
We got a bit lost on my ride over to the salon, apparently we had the wrong address, which happens all the time. Hair and makeup were fabulously styled by Platinum Salon, which was seriously one of the coolest salons I've ever been to. Platinum Salon has passion for each client with services ranging from hair, makeup, spa, nails, waxing, and even permanent makeup.
The backstage of the show was a bit crazy, as are most fashion shows: everyone fighting over mirror space, naked people running into you searching for wardrobe, pins poking at every angle imaginable, and random spurts of people yelling in attempt to shush the on-going roar of old friends and new chatting away behind the curtains before showtime.
During the lineup, a herd of models bee-lined for Janice Dickinson, and a circle of guards surrounded her, stopping her idols dead in their tracks. I remember sitting there looking at her thinking "Wow, she is the skinniest woman I've ever seen in person". She looked frail and unhealthily skinny. As I stared at her, wondering if she was okay (and not going to pass out), she pointed at me, and beckoned me over. I walked over to her, and asked if she was okay. She said something about being there all day, and getting dizzy from not having time to eat.
She asked if I wanted a picture with her, and I said "Sure, if my friends can join" (since they were all standing behind the guards, eagerly waiting in hopes to get their pic taken). I felt bad, because by accepting the offer, it spread the celebrity fever amongst the entire backstage, and soon everyone wanted pics with her, and wasn't afraid to show it.
Janice tried her best to stand there while being pushed an assembly line of goo-goo eyed girls, when all she wanted to do was take a break. Eventually she couldn't stand it anymore, stopped in the middle of shooting, and said "I need to sit". The guards literally had to tear people away from her, and finally she got a little break. However, less than a minute later, she was ushered on stage to start the show.
During the show, I stepped on the cord that literally everyone said to watch-out for and my heel broke. I could feel it flapping a little as I walked. It made me walk a little funny, but I tried to make it look as natural as possible by using different muscles during my strut and acting as if nothing had happened. Luckily, I don't think you can really tell in the video of the fashion show by SoSu.TV.