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My Brush With Supermodel-dom:
A Birthday Story

My Brush With Supermodel-dom:
A Birthday Story
Posted on October 29th, 2012 in Musings.

Today is my 40th Birthday! In honor of that I thought I’d share some footage from one of my best birthdays ever!

As far back as I can remember I would dress up in whatever I could my hands on -clothes, sheets, blanket, towels, anything. So, it makes sense that at 17 and ¾, I was a fashion magazine and model fanatic.

My teenage walls were plastered with magazine tear sheets of all the original super models of the 90s: Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington. I desperately wanted to be a model myself. I was signed by the Wilhemena Modeling Agency and I was starting to book small jobs here and there but mostly I spent a lot of time in front of the mirror honing my modeling skills. Malcolm Gladwell said you need like 1000 hours of practice to become a master. Well, by the time I left my room at 17 I had logged an easy 900.

Super Model-dom was way out of my reach until my mother got a call asking her to walk in the Thierry Mugler Fashion Show in Paris. I don’t think she could have cared less about walking in a fashion show but she knew that I would shit my Guess jeans at the chance to model for real. Plus, I was only a couple of weeks shy of my 18th birthday. So, my wonderful mother agreed to walk in the show as long as they allowed her daughter to model in the show as well.

Cut to my 18th birthday present:

Linda, Naomi, Cindy and CHRISTY (my favorite- I think I look like her-hahaha) on the plane. And not just any plane, THE CONCORDE!

I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. I think I kept my composure, but I can’t really be sure. I mean these were the women from my walls, and now I was flying with them to the Paris Shows like it was totally normal.

If you’re unfamiliar with a Thierry Mugler Fashion show, imagine a Blade Runner porno with a dash of drag queens. It’s like that. His shows were like Broadway productions!!! They were extravaganzas with performances sprinkled between models walking. Thierry Mugler was a defining force in 90s fashion.

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  • Chiquita

    Great story!

  • SherriEtienne

    Well Happy Birthday Traceeeeeee!!!!! Woo, woo, woo! If you’re in NYC be safe! XO!

  • Porsha B


  • petrina pryor

    Ahhh Happy Birthday Tracee. You are a super model in your own right. Enjoy your day!!!

  • jay

    Happy Birthday Tracee!! You and Mom look Marvelous!! Work it, work it, work it!!


    I loved EVERY moment of it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  • Chris Cobb

    Check you out Tracee…looking like a star..oh wait, You Are!

  • incommongood

    So much fun! Tracee Happy Birthday, Long may you shine!


    HAVE A GREAT 40th Birthday Tracee! I Loved seeing you model! It’s wonderful that your mom gave you a present that you will never forget! God Bless You Child!

  • Kandice C. Fields Pierce

    Have a wonderful birthday!!!!!

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  • j.dukes

    Happy Birthday love!

  • Tajma

    Amazing and Happy Birthday.

  • ktodd

    Happy Birthday Tracy boo!!!!! I hope you have a great one! :)

  • Tarah


  • Owww!! Tracee! Hott!!

  • Andrew

    uda uda best! I love you. You are special.

  • Fayola

    I miss the 90s when models had personality! You rocked

  • Prudy-Prue

    I love how you weren’t one of those stoic stick figures we are exposed to these days! you had mad fun with and you looked great!!

  • Aniles

    Oh, you just made my day!!!! Loved it!!!!

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