Zainab here. Come on, let’s chat about what happens #bts (behindthescenes) at these fashion shows. Only one word can describe what happens backstage and that word is “crazy”. Backstage is where it all happens – the good, the bad and the ugly. What happens on stage is the ‘clean’ version of the backstage drama. From the designer trying to ensure everything goes as planned, to the stylist always standing by to fit the models into their next outfit, the make-up artist giving a retouch every time and of course, the model changing into his/her required outfit in what can only be termed as the ‘speed of light’.
As a model, it is always such an experience. A fashion show is like a well oiled machine. Everything has a place and everyone has a role. Every person there is playing their part to ensure a great show for the audience. Models are expected to be completely attentive and adhere to backstage rules. Feeling relaxed and socializing with other models can help ease tension and nervousness especially for new models.
As a model it’s your job to make sure that when you stomp out on that runway, the audience shouldn’t see any of that craziness and stress you just came out of. Your job is to sell what you’re wearing and make every person there want to buy the clothes off your back.
So as soon as you step onto that stage, you’ll have to shake off that argument you just had with that other model about who ate the last Samosa. You’ll have to forget about how the makeup artist had to change your makeup at the last minute and the way he/she was roughly wiping your face as if they were scrubbing their kitchen floor. Or how the designer turned into a different person and screamed at you to change the lineup because he/she didn’t like the original lineup. Or… There’re so many things happening backstage, but it doesn’t matter. The audience doesn’t care about that. They paid good money to come see a fashion show and as a model, it’s your job to shake it all off and perform.
So you do. You strut as if the fate of the world depended on your walk. And when it’s all said and done, all you’re left wondering is when you’ll get to do it all over again!
Hello, world! My name is Titilayo Ayorinde but you can call me TiTi, Just TiTi. I love modelling, I love modelling, I love modelling! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in love with all things model. I’ve always loved to watch the girls on America’s Next Top Model and I would picture myself as one of the models. What do I love about modelling? I love the fashion, the clothes, I love posing and I absolutely love being in front of the camera. It’s not all one way love either; modelling seems to agree with me. Modelling has changed me in so many ways. I will never forget the day, facing my reflection in the mirror, when I had to take a good look at myself. I’ve been told that I’m too skinny, too tall, ugly… but then I realized that I had a big decision to make. I could either accept who I was or continue a life of self-doubt.
Thanks to modelling, I haven’t just accepted who I am but I’ve built a career out of the things people used to make fun of me for. Modelling has made me bold and courageous, it’s taught me to be proud of who I am. I do everything with so much more confidence now; the way I walk, talk, sit, even the way I eat has changed 😉
Hello, my name is Courtney and I’d like to welcome you all to my first ever blog post! If you can’t tell yet, I’m super excited and I hope you are too! Today I’m going to talk about what really happens backstage at most fashion shows.
Fashion shows are collaborations of different talents that are brought together in one event. This is where you find designers, stylists, DJs, hair stylists, runway choreographers, organisers, makeup artists and last but definitely not least, the models. All these people agree to come together to showcase their talents in the most creative and organised manner anyone could ever imagine.
Some fashion shows are only one hour long, bigger ones can take up a whole weekend and then we have the biggest ones of all, the almighty fashion week, where the shows will run for a whole week! Seven full days of nothing but fashion, fashion and more fashion. No matter how long or short a show might be, the story is always the same backstage.
Everyone is under tremendous pressure behind the scenes; from the backstage helpers to the designers to the makeup artists and down to the models. Everyone has to bring their A+ game to make sure that everything goes according to plan.
As calm and serene and put together everything looks to you all out there, if you happen to open up those curtains and step backstage, you’ll swear that you just stepped into a different world. You see it all backstage; chaos, tantrums, mini dance parties, selfies, usies, outbursts, last minute rehearsals, hair touch ups, ever rising tension, sweet infectious fun, minor/major accidents, creativity, melt-downs and of course the makeup sessions.
It will be my greatest pleasure to let you know that all these things happen at the same time and occur in no particular order. In spite of it all, the model is the one who has got to “walk the walk” and make sure everyone’s hard work comes to a beautiful and well organised end, one tiny mistake and everything comes crashing down.
Fashion shows are like one big glamorous exhibition where everyone tends to be a prince/princess during the show and a “warrior” backstage…so if you’re thinking of entering the world of modeling, you better come prepared.
Hi, everyone! My name is Ojima and I’ve been modelling with Zahara Models for such a long time…about five years now. That may not sound like a lot to you, but trust me, in modelling years that’s like 25 years of experience I have under my belt. Anyway, my friends call me O.J. so you can too.
For my very first blog post, I’m going to take you all behind the curtains and let you in on what Really goes on backstage. I’m so sure the picture most people have when they imagine models backstage is a group of crazy and screaming girls and guys running around probably naked or with lingerie; and if that’s what you’re also thinking…then you’re not far off. Lol!
Yes, there’re models making noise in their lingerie, designers screaming instructions at the models and the dressers, tense stylists who want the clothes on and off the models in a split second, makeup artists trying to get you to sit still long enough so they can fix your face, hair stylists yanking your hair left and right. I could go on and on but trust me, it’s total bedlam back there.
But in the midst of all that craziness, we models still find a way to have our fun. We get to perfect our amazing selfie skills, we parade around in beautiful clothes that we couldn’t possibly afford, we dance to amazing tunes by the deejay hired for the show and we go around complaining about how hungry we are because we can’t eat so we would not look fat in the clothes.
Normally before every show, a call time would have already been given to the models to be at the venue. We’d typically have final fittings for the designer/designers, which always takes forever and a day, then we’d have rehearsals. Depending on what kind of show it is, it might either be different designers with a specific and unique choreography or just the general straight walk up and down the runway. And then we are left to do nothing but hang around for hours waiting for the show to commence.
Now we are free to keep taking and deleting selfies, make all the noise and nibble on whatever you brought to keep you alive… and may I state here to all models who happen to be reading this; PLEASE PLEASE, before you walk any runway show, make sure you eat something or at least bring something. No matter how small or big, please bring something to nibble on before the show as not doing this normally results in models passing out or models making horrid faces out there on the catwalk when the pictures come out.
Later the hair and makeup process starts and this is when the real crazy begins because this actually signals the start of the show. For hair and makeup, we’re normally divided into groups because you can’t have 30 models all lining up at the same time. After hair and makeup, you go to your assigned clothes where there’ll be some dressers to help you get dressed and to make sure you have all your accessories. Then the only thing left to do is to go out and rock the runway!