Have you ever imagined doing something completely impossible?
Have you ever pictured something happening to you and wondered how you would respond?
Have you ever dreamt of something and felt completely ridiculous?
I am sure everyone finds themselves in that place at some point in their lives.
A set of circumstances that surprise you and leave you in a place of wonder.
If not yet… then I encourage you to begin day-dreaming J
Over the last few months I have had the privilege of being involved in events and competitions that have seriously challenged and changed me <from the inside> in ways I could never have anticipated. I have decided to begin here with…
SA FASHION WEEK 2011
On Saturday the 24th of September I modeled for the awesome Gert Johan Coetzee who is known to steal almost every show he is involved in. His work is unconventional but incredibly appealing.
It was my first ramp work ever and at an event of this status and profile you can just imagine the nerves. The model line-up for Gert’s collection was Christina Storm, Bonang Matheba, Shashi Naidoo, Jenna Dova and Weza Solange. I had one opportunity to walk down the ramp as a practice round and nothing more. However, besides for the terror of messing up, falling, tripping, not walking in a straight line or moving your hips in the correct manner - there is the tremendous excitement, the buzz, the phenomenal atmosphere and build up over a few hours. The hype over hair, make-up, nails, shoes and outfits…
I can honestly say that the adrenaline rush as you stand there waiting to walk down that ramp is beyond anything I have ever experienced. My heart felt like it was beating so hard it was about to explode inside of my chest. The high heels were stopping all blood circulation in my feet. Gert did his last check over our outfits as the music begins.
Music pumping your legs forward.
The overwhelmingly bright lights don’t allow you to see the audience.
The non-stop flash of a million photographers on a grand stand directly in front of you.
It is literally a few seconds.
But it’s a few seconds that I will never forget.
As we were getting ready to walk the finale (all models simply walk out again before the designer comes out on stage) I thought back to a few years ago when I was watching Fashion TV and wondering what it must feel like to do just THAT.
All I could do was smile.
This is THAT.
So do it.
Dream of the impossible.
Nomatter how seemingly insignificant or stupid.
Perhaps you will find yourself caught up in a moment where some Coldplay lyrics seems to be the only appropriate description of the place you find yourself in:
Look up, I look up at night,
Planets are moving at the speed of light.
Climb up, up in the trees,
every chance that you get,
is a chance you seize.