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 90’s: Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington. I desperately wanted to be a model myself. I was signed by the Wilemenia 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 90’s fashion.
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