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!